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.
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Other World Computing Named Green Tech Company of the Year by Business Intelligence Group for Corporate Environmental Protection Efforts
If you know me, it’s no secret that I’m rather accident-prone. Seriously, who else do you know that could be innocently walking past a soccer game and suddenly get hit in the face with the ball? Have you tripped up several stairs at once? Or maybe you have gotten up in the middle of class only to find that your leg is asleep and can’t support your weight, thus falling dramatically to the ground in front of your graceful peers? Yep, I’m that lucky.
So, it would only make sense for someone like me to invest in one of our NuGuard KX cases. It comes in handy when I somehow swivel my chair and in one fell swoop knock down everything on my desk, including my phone. I see it falling in slow motion and wonder what to save first—my vase of fake flowers, the framed picture of my Nana, or my phone. Well, now I can take one of those things out of the running. I can laugh maniacally as I watch my phone tumble downward because I know it’s protected within the confines of my KX case. (And in case you were wondering, I saved Nana). Article Continues…
Whenever the wind blows here at Other World Computing headquarters in Woodstock, Ill., we are reminded of our commitment to the environment in the form of our Vestas V39-500 kW wind turbine.
Now on windy days, we will also have a reminder of our commitment to our customers with our spiffy new “OWC 25 Years” flag. The flag was raised in honor of our 25th year of providing award-winning products, service, and support to the Apple community and tech industry.
Earlier this month, we kicked off our 25th year with a giveaway sweepstakes and fundraising campaign with charity: water with great success so far. And the flag is just another way we want to share this special milestone and serve as a reminder of our commitment to the “OWC Difference” in years past and for many years to come!
Other World Computing Wins Two Silver Best in Biz Awards 2012 for Newer Technology Power2U and Social/Environmental Efforts
Other World Computing announced today that the Newer Technology Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet was named the Silver winner in the Consumer Product of the Year category, while OWC won Silver in the Most Socially/Environmentally Responsible Company of the Year category in the Best in Biz Awards 2012. The Best in Biz Awards are the only national business awards program judged by members of top-tier publications and analyst firms, such as Bloomberg, Businessweek, Computerworld, Entrepreneur, Forbes, PC Magazine, and USA Today.
NewerTech Power2U Praised by Independent Reviewers
Other World Computing is the master distributor for the Newer Technology Power2U, which, in addition to its Best in Biz Award, has captured broad praise from highly diverse independent product review sources. Good Morning America called it ‘brilliant’ Article Continues…
We’re mighty proud of our LEED Platinum Certified headquarters, especially our on-site Wind Turbine, which, under optimal conditions, can produce up to 125 million Kilowatt-Hours of energy in a year. Unfortunately, until we manage to build a weather machine to keep a steady breeze blowing 24/7, 365 days a year, there are just going to be days when the turbine just doesn’t turn.
That mostly is an exception though. Thanks to the turbine, besides producing enough power to fulfill the usage needs of our entire facility including a data center, we often are a net energy producer and supply others in our area with energy via the wind. In the first quarter of 2012, we produced 291,719kWh of electricity, which was 3% more than the 282,335kWh we consumed. As recently as October, we produced 92,367kWh versus 66,802kWh consumed, with that 38% net energy production being put back on the grid to power, on average, a neighborhood of about 40 homes.
While the wind isn’t always blowing, our agreement with Excelon to supply us with REC’s (Renewable Energy Certificates, each of which effectively represent 1 megawatt of energy) ensures that when the power needs to flow the other direction, it was generated by another wind turbine located elsewhere. This way, even when wind conditions aren’t optimal at our location, the energy we’re using still effectively comes from a green, renewable, emissions-free source.
To learn more about OWC’s wind turbine and all of our high-efficiency, LEED facility aspects, visit our “Green” page.