Smart Facilities Forum
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On October 13, 2010 IBM and Government Computer News hosted a Smart Facilities Forum in Washington, DC. With over 100 clients present, Shannon Erman, IBM Business Unit Executive, IBM Public Sector kicked off the event that included the following speakers and respective topics:
He advised that organizations should implement strategies and solutions that don't only meet sustainability goals, but also are functionally robust and usable. He gave an example of bio-degradable sunchip bags recently released, but they were so noisy, especially loud and crinkly that they were virtually unusable and had to be pulled from the market. So although a great goal, it was not successful.
With regards to carbon goals......he suggested a maturity based approach and recommended tying a monetary value to it rather than volume. Start small, $5/ton for carbon then increment over the years towards a $100/ton price by 2030/50. This will allow organizations to achieve goals in the short term and be able to meet the larger goals over time without a substantial monetary burden up front.
Next up was Michelle Moore. There are many discussions being led by her office to generate ideas and thoughts around sustainability initiatives, from simple ideas like turning off the lights when not using a space, to more innovative use of work space to support a more tele-work environment. Implement more 'swing-space' (work is what we do, not where we are). There are many organizations implementing real solutions today including the Veterans Administration which has been using more local suppliers for food and has started a composting program. Sandia National Labs has updated approximately 400 golf carts with solar panels for energy that allows employees to get around their large campus.
The afternoon demonstrations had fairly good traffic and covered many solutions that help clients drive cost savings and implement processes to help meet sustainability initiatives for their buildings, assets and data centers.
Check out pictures of the event here.