Although I’ve always thought of hosting providers as a cost effective mean for businesses to keep their computers running, it’s actually a great way to be green as well. For most companies, having their own servers is a waste of energy, because the servers will undoubtedly be bigger then the company needs. Several hosting companies have recognized their green advantage, and are utilizing it to the fullest. Equivalent Data moved its operations to a 20,000 square foot building in Texas that is U.S. Green Building certified, and complete with waterless urinals. Softchoice in Toronto has initiated a sustainability program to help its clients make wise environmental choices, including an e-waste recycling system.
For a great overview of what’s available in green computing:
Green is Good for Profits As Well as For the Planet