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March 8th, 2013

The United Nations General Assembly, in December 2010, officially named tech companies go green!2012 the “International Year of Sustainable Energy For All” since worldwide sustainable development means ensuring “access to modern affordable energy services in developing countries.” The 2012 International Green Awards adopted the UN’s theme for its own awards given in categories from colleges and city governments to different kinds of businesses.

In  fact, various organizations around the world, both private and public, investigate, rate, and report on the green behavior and policies of government agencies, businesses, utilities, and other institutions. The Green America Awards are given to a broad range  of green leaders in the U.S. Many of these leaders are businesses, especially technology companies, as they were very early adopters of “greening” methods. CRE didn’t waste time, either; our Green Statement has been publicly displayed for years.

2012 Newsweek Green Rankings

In 2009, Newsweek started analyzing the 500 biggest U.S. firms “to find…the most eco-friendly” ones, of all kinds. Interestingly, although tech firms have dominated the rankings for three years now, it hasn’t been headline-grabbing boutique brands like Apple that have excelled the most, but manufacturers of un-sexy but potent, efficient, cost-effective, and green workstations that populate our own desktop PC rental inventory.

Newsweek developed its approach with the help of “an advisory panel of corporate sustainability experts” and claims that its rankings are “the most comprehensive.” We’ve blogged about the Newsweek ratings before, noting how the “Green Rankings reward firms that save energy and eliminate waste.” The 2012 Newsweek Green Rankings honor the 15 greenest companies. The complete list is available below, with the experts’ analyses of the winners’ accomplishments.

CRE’s very business model is built on the green principle of shared technological capabilities, on providing leading-edge, productive, and empowering technologies without massive capital outlays or waste. From trade show convention rentals to high-power post-production gear, CRE has the right technology. One call to (877) 266-7725, a message, or a visit to our Quick Rental Quote form is all it takes!

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A Summary of the Top 5
by Newsweek (link to original slideshow with all 15 scores and analyses)

1. IBM (Green Score: 82.9) — The venerable tech giant was singled out for its money- and resource-saving “Smarter Planet” products.

2. Hewlett-Packard (Green Score: 78.5) — HP has lowered overall corporate emissions over 50% since 2005.

3. Sprint Nextel (Green Score: 77.5) — Sprint is on track to recycle nine out of every 10 devices that it sells within four years.

4. Dell (Green Score: 77.1) — An amazing 98 percent of Dell’s ” nonhazardous by-products” are recycled.

5. CA Technologies (Green Score: 77.1)  — Within 18 months, the company will derive fully one-quarter of its electric power from renewable energy sources.

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