Adobe has the Greenest Office in the US

September 01, 2006
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Adobe was in the September 2006 Business 2.0 magazine for having the greenest office in America. Congrats Adobe!

The article shows that Adobe has invested $1.1 million in energy efficiency, and is now saving $1 million annually! That's a great example for other big companies to follow.



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And where is Adobe's office? Did they reclaim brownfield? Did they put their offices in a central location accessible by transit? Did they use their $$$ to revitalize an economically neglected neighborhood? This is the same thing I think about when people tell me how "green" Google is. Nothing like sitting in your air conditioned office, looking across your manicured campus, created in plowed-over soybean field or whatever, and ruminating over your dot-com billions, and thinking, "I need to do something for Mother Gia." In any event, NOTHING would do more for "saving the earth" than eliminating offices altogether. Why do people have to spend an hour "getting to work" just to sit in their cubes with their laptops? If our industry claims to want to "reinvent business," let's lead by example and make telecommunting the de-facto way to work.
Hi, My name is Robert Parker, http://www.artiomblog.com/. In fact the big companies grow to huge size when their products are in great demand, but one day they prove to be unable to support themselves and start searching for ways and methods to save money. Do you know on what they save? I think this would be very interesting to ask and publish, how many workers with professional attitude they fired only to save energy on them or how many normal bulbs have been replaced for energy saving ones - we all know that the impulses, emitted by the energy saving bulbs, are of great irritation for humans.
Hey Robert, I'm sitting under an (Philips) energy saving lightbulb as we speak. In fact, every bulb in our house is an energy saving one. I've got no problem with them at all. It takes a few moments for the bulbs to reach full brightness after switch on, but I can live with that. Anyway, my retinas actually find that to be a rather nice feature when visiting the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Adobe's Flash/Flex/Shockwave swf players use more computing cycles and therefore energy/electricity than any other technology on my desktop. Try loading a flash centric page into say 9 tabs in firefox or safari - wee what it does to your CPU usage. I wonder if Adobe couldn't improve it's virtual machine and save a couple hundred thousand megawatt hours across the world each year. One more reason I don't use Flash technologies. They're not only bad for the programmer (think weak programming) and the consumer (think compromised privacy), they're bad for the environment too.

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