Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 | Author: OWC Katie
Power is a good thing. No, I’m not talking about the “ruling over your minions” kind of power; I’m talking about the kind created by electricity. Power lights up the streets at night so you can see when you’re about to walk in gum (but realize it mid-gait and end up stepping in it anyway). It runs the TV so you don’t have to miss a second of the big game (seriously…that World Series of Poker is suspenseful). The point is, we rely on power for so much. (Think about it—it runs our hairdryers! Maybe not as important to you as it is to me, but no one wants to see this ’fro untamed).
We never realize how much we need power until we run out of it or lose it. And unfortunately, we’ve all been in a situation where it is seemingly imminent that we are going to lose power on our computer. That ominous battery symbol suddenly turns into a ticking time bomb. You start calculating, bargaining, and pleading with your machine, thinking “I can finish this project in 20 minutes…but then I need it to last another three hours so I don’t beat my head against the ticket counter while I wait in the airport…maybe if I turn the screen to intergalactic darkness level so I can barely read anything on the screen it will last longer…”
Thursday, December 20th, 2012 | Author: OWC Jarrod
No, this isn’t a gingerbread house with solar panels and ultra-effecient air conditioning units – although you would be forgiven for thinking that considering Other World Computing’s environmental initiatives and Platinum Certified green headquarters in Woodstock, Illinois. This is a gingerbread house made partly from computer parts by our very own OWC Dena of our accounting department to proudly display in our front lobby.
Dena crafted the house from traditional ingredients – gingerbread, frosting and candy. But she also used computer parts to give it a festive OWC theme. The roof shingles are actually OWC memory modules, the walls are made from fans, and the messages on the front of the house are comprised of Apple keyboard keys and an old hard disk drive platter. Of course, the gingerbread house was made with non-functional memory modules, so don’t worry about your order arriving come with a layer of frosting and crumbs. :-)
And while OWC parts make for a wonderful looking gingerbread house, we can’t recommend them for this use. Besides, they work much better in your computer anyway!
Other World Computing announced today its LEED Platinum Certified corporate headquarters was awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR rating, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. This designation signifies that OWC’s office building operations perform in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency. On a local level, this achievement places OWC’s building on a list of 634 commercial buildings and industrial plants in Illinois and the first office building in McHenry County to earn the Energy Star rating since 1999.
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Other World Computing announced today its corporate campus was awarded LEED® Platinum Certification by the Green Building Certification Institute, the highest achievable level of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program. Out of more than 14,000 LEED projects engaged worldwide since the program’s 1998 inception, OWC is one of less than three hundred to achieve the Platinum standard. With this recognition, OWC also became the first privately owned light manufacturing/assembly firm in Illinois to obtain LEED Platinum status.
“OWC was founded with a core mission of providing customers the resources needed to maximize their technology investment. Similarly, our new headquarters utilizes leading edge technologies to maximize our own use of natural resources and provide the highest level of operational efficiency,” said Larry O’Connor, CEO, Other World Computing. “Our conserving for a greener tomorrow ensures our continued ability to be competitive in serving our customers and now is a ‘triple win’ with our LEED Platinum certification.” Article Continues…
“OWC’s green philosophy means a continual process of seeking ways to reduce environmental impact in our day-to-day operations,” said Larry O’Connor, CEO, Other World Computing. “Resources are not infinite. We are a future-thinking company and our conservation policies and programs reflect our commitment to the environment.”
With Spring now in full swing comes thoughts of green grass, blossoms and leaves on once barren trees and fresh air. With the environment on so many minds, especially at this time of year with Earth Day observation fast approaching on April 20th, our thoughts here at OWC stray toward the Going Green movement that has been an integral part of our corporate message since we were founded back in 1988.
From the green technologies incorporated into our corporate headquarters, through our actions and programs as a company, to our offerings and encouragement of going green to our customer base…our “Green” goals are set high. The resulting benefits will be far greater than merely financial.
OWC’s Green Actions:
OWC employs a comprehensive recycling program in its practices including onsite paper, plastic, aluminum can and metal recycling programs with the goal of maintaining a “zero solid waste” status. Additionally, OWC refuses non-recyclable pallets from vendor deliveries, recycles obsolete equipment through electronic equipment recyclers, and reuses packaging materials (such as foam peanuts, etc.) whenever possible.
In November 2005, we began the NuPower notebook battery recycling program. Elements from Li-Ion batteries can be recycled for use in multiple industries and proper disposal of other components prevents contamination to the environment. Article Continues…