As 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 will provide up to 40 percent of the building’s power needs.
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…
You 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.
Other 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.
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, October 10th, 2013 | Author: OWC Katie
Memories 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…