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Solar Panel Project Continues at OWC Austin Facility

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 | Author:

recycle-OWC-300As you may have read last week, we here at OWC are looking to make our Austin facility more energy-efficient from the top down.

Work continues on the installation of solar panels on the roof of our downtown office building. And as you can see in the photos below, the grid is now being installed and the roof will soon be ready for the ultra-efficient panels that are expected to provide no less than 32 percent of the building’s annual power consumption.

But the solar panels are just one step in our company-wide commitment to energy conservation and environmental leadership that includes our LEED Platinum Certified headquarters in Woodstock, Ill. Be sure to bookmark the OWC Blog for updates on OWC’s green initiatives and to see the finished solar panel project. Article Continues…

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OWC Brings Green Attitude to Austin Facility

Friday, November 22nd, 2013 | Author:

OWCYou might have noticed that we here at OWC take our green initiatives pretty seriously. (Others sure have!).

From our LEED Platinum Certified headquarters to our on-site Vestas V39-500 kW wind turbine, we have made a company-wide commitment to energy conservation and environmental leadership.

And now that we’ve expanded our operation with a facility in the great city of Austin, Texas, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to also expand our environmental efforts.

OWC’s efficient new facility sits right in downtown Austin. But because we moved into an existing facility, we weren’t able to build our efforts from the ground up like we did at our Woodstock, Ill. headquarters. But we’ve taken a new approach to that “work from the ground up” philosophy: Working from the top down.

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Other World Computing Named Green Tech Company of the Year by Business Intelligence Group for Corporate Environmental Protection Efforts

Thursday, November 21st, 2013 | Author:

2013-awards-company-300x300Other World Computing was named Green Tech Company of the Year by Business Intelligence Group, after being evaluated by industry experts using a multiple variable process. OWC was recognized for a wide range of environmental efforts that included: the company’s Vestas V39-500 kW Wind Turbine that is able to generate more energy than the main headquarters uses; the use of packaging materials and building materials that have a low environmental impact; and the installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system that delivers three times the energy efficiency rating of conventional natural-gas-based systems.

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Making A 3D Treasure Out Of Trash

Saturday, October 19th, 2013 | Author:

recycle-OWC-300A printer. About three keyboards. A handful of motherboards sporting cutting-edge AGP graphics ports. Oh look, a 60GB 3.5” hard drive … and I’m pretty sure that’s a PS2 Plug-sporting keyboard shoved in the back.

Obviously, I really like computers, and because of that, I’ve accumulated a cool collection of these “vintage” computer parts. While these items may not serve me any sort of practical purpose, I just can’t seem to toss them away.

I know. Typically, I have a sarcastic video game review on the OWC Blog for your reading pleasure. However, sadly I seem to have misplaced my iPhone 3GS, more than likely lost in this pile of miscellaneous electronic devices. Perhaps if I attached a Tile to it … but then I wouldn’t have a phone to search for my phone… hmm. Maybe if I recycled these devices, my phone wouldn’t get lost among them. But who could part with such historic devices!? Oh well…

Many people do opt to recycle their old devices, however, and these tossed-aside items sometimes get an unexpected second life.

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The Greener Side of Shipping: Packaging Memory

Thursday, October 10th, 2013 | Author:

recycle-OWC-300Memories are precious, so you want to keep them safe. That’s why you store photos in albums, keep old toys, and put that ceramic unicorn from your Great Aunt Beatrice on the top shelf so it’ll be safe from being knocked over by the kids (…or because you don’t have the heart to throw that hideous thing in the garbage, but at least this way it’s not at eye level).

Here at OWC, we want to keep our memory safe, too (albeit a different kind of memory), so we use packaging to ensure the safe shipment of our products to the customers who are waiting to love and care for them. But about four years ago, we began looking into a way to make this packaging not only protective but also “greener.”

Last month, we discussed OWC’s development of greener packaging for our hard drives. But in typical OWC fashion, we didn’t stop at just hard drives! We wanted reduce the amount of Polyurethane ESD Foam we used to cushion memory and small part orders as well. ESD Foam is the typical pink foam found in the packaging of many electronic devices. We first investigated alternatives such as Bio-Foam, but at that time it only promised a slight reduction in petroleum based oils used in the foam. So we continued our quest until we eventually found a solution – Green Cell Foam. Article Continues…

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