DIT Receives InfoWorld "Green 15" Award
April 28, 2011
The Fairfax County Department of Information Technology (DIT) was selected as one of the 2011 “Green 15” by InfoWorld Media Group. The awards recognize the 15 most innovative sustainable IT initiatives worldwide.
Fairfax County launched several IT projects that save tax dollars and decrease the county's carbon footprint. The county realized $300,000 in savings from its PC power management initiative that automatically shuts down 14,000-plus county PCs across 55 offices when they are not in use, generally at the end of the workday and on weekends.
Employees can use a self-service software deployment portal to locate and install software without requiring IT staff to visit their office. This means that IT staff can cut back on fuel usage to travel to government locations spread throughout the county.
According to InfoWorld, “This year's group has proven successful in large part because they have managed to engage the whole organization to support their endeavors.” Adding, “clearly the lesson that green IT practices provide measurable return on investment is sinking in.”