Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Green PC Movement Challenges Industry

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Green PC Movement Challenges Industry

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Associated Press

AMHERST, Mass. _ For one writer, the trip to environmental awareness began at the foot of a mountain _ of useless printouts. Steven Anzovin has evolved into one of the country's leading advocates of the "green PC."

"I'm not an eco-freak, by any means," Anzovin said of environmentally sound personal computing. "But certainly I saw that, as well as saving money, it was a good thing."

A growing number of environmental activists, government officials and personal computer makers are promoting a form of computing that saves paper and conserves energy, recycles parts and uses environmentally friendly materials.

The green PC movement challenges an assumption that prevailed for decades: that computers replace dirtier technologies in an environmentally benign way.

Anzovin made the connection between computing and environmentalism in 1986, when he was hired to help produce a directory of American museums and galleries.

The project's software had previously yielded more than 15,000 sheets of duplicate copies and useless printouts.

Since Anzovin planned to run the project on his home computers and would have to pay for any waste, he tinkered with the programming and virtually eliminated the excess sheets.

In his 248-page book titled "The Green PC," published in April, Anzovin says the world's estimated 115 million PCs could eventually end up as 6.9 billion pounds of solid waste, much of it plastic.

It would take oil from about 125 super tankers to supply the annual power drain of all those humming PCs, he said. During the same time, they are spitting out perhaps 115 billion letter-sized sheets of computer paper from countless trees.

The green PC guru also points to pollution at chip- and computer-making plants, toxic chemicals in some batteries and inks, and even possible dangers to users from the electromagnetic radiation of monitors. …

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