Our Very Own Green Queen

Wanted to share this blog post today from SmartPlanet – an interview with my colleague Lorie Wigle who heads up Intel’s Eco Tech Program Office. Lorie’s been a good sport about her nickname – “the Green Queen” – but in my mind, her leadership both within Intel and out in the industry to drive sustainability initiatives and look for innovative ways to push for greater energy efficiency, certainly has earned her that title. In addition to her day job, Lorie also serves as president of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI) – which has a lot of ideas for how you can help to reduce your own emissions associated with computer use. Lorie knows – as many of us do – that it’s not enough to just get your own house in order, you need to also look at the big picture opportunities and partner with others to get to real solutions.

You may already know a bit about what Intel’s been doing in the environment. But some of the things Laurie touches on in her interview that you may not have heard about:

– Intel is the largest voluntary purchaser of green power in the US, per the EPA – representing approximately half of our US energy use.

– When we looked at the first billion connected PCs vs. our projections for the “second billion” connected PCs, we estimate that the second billion (targeted by 2014) will be much more energy efficient; the second billion will have 17x the computing power, but will require about half of the energy use of the first.

– Use of power management features on computers is still relatively low (an estimated 18% of all desktop computers use them) – that’s why Intel and CSCI are encouraging more people to make sure they use these features. By improving the efficiency of power delivery and power management, CSCI is targeting the elimination of 54 million tons of CO2 from IT equipment by June 2011 – to date the IT sector has collectively saved an estimated 32 million tons of CO2 associated with computing equipment.

Click here to read the full article or learn more about Intel’s climate and energy efficiency initiatives in our newest corporate responsibility report.

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About Suzanne Fallender

Suzanne Fallender is Intel’s Director of Corporate Responsibility. In this role, she collaborates with key stakeholders across the company to integrate corporate responsibility concepts into company strategies, policies, public reporting, and stakeholder engagement activities to advance Intel’s corporate responsibility leadership and create positive social impact and business value. Suzanne leads a team of experienced professionals who engage with internal and external groups to review Intel’s corporate responsibility performance and to identify new opportunities to apply Intel’s technology and expertise to address social and environmental challenges. The team also works closely with Intel’s investor relations and corporate governance groups to drive an integrated outreach strategy with investors on governance and corporate responsibility issues. Suzanne has more than 20 years of experience in the field of corporate responsibility and socially responsible investment. During her time at Intel, Suzanne has held a number of corporate responsibility-related roles, including leading programs empowering girls and women through technology. Prior to Intel, Suzanne served as Vice President at Institutional Shareholder Services where she managed the firm’s socially responsible investing division. Suzanne holds an M.B.A. from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and a B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She has served on a number of leading industry advisory boards and committees on sustainability and corporate responsibility over the past decade and currently is a member of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship’s Executive Forum and the Net Impact Advisory Council. Follow Suzanne on Twitter at @sfallender.