2007 JavaOne Conference Gets Greener With Significant Efforts To Conserve, Recycle and Reuse
As part of the company’s ongoing Eco Responsibility Initiative, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW), today announced more about its efforts to make next week’s 2007 JavaOne conference more environmentally friendly. The company has created a broad eco campaign for the Conference – from reducing paper promotional materials to encouraging attendees to bike to the conference. In addition, Sun is collaborating with the Conference location, Moscone Center in San Francisco, to expand upon the facility’s federally recognized and award-winning recycling, conservation and energy efficiency practices during the conference.
For next week’s conference, Sun has worked closely with Moscone Center to make JavaOne a more sustainable event. Those efforts are resulting in significant resource savings created from activities which include:
Virtual direct mail campaigns, online surveys and feedback forms (according to the Environmental Defense Paper Calculator):
Historically equivalent to 2.5 pages of 0% recycled copy paper per attendee
Total paper saved = 4.63 tons
Greenhouse Gases reduced (CO2 equivalents) = 13 tons (26,297 lbs)
Reduction in wood use = 13 tons
Number of trees saved = 111 (assumes 8333 sheets of paper per tree)
Reduction in wastewater = 78,616 gallons
Reduction in solid waste, including waste from pulp and paper manufacturing and paper sent to landfills = 5.1 tons
Including paper and plastic products, handouts and collateral, beverage containers, cardboard, wood, metals, carpet and padding, mixed paper and wooden pallets.
Renewable energy and efficiency
A substantial amount of the power used at JavaOne will come from the Moscone Center’s 60,000 square foot photovoltaic array on the convention center roof.
Green purchasing decisions keep food trash compostable.
Biodegradable food service products & packaging - including a salad bowl made from corn starch
Food composting and food donation program
Indoor air quality
Daily monitoring of carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, nitrous oxide, propane
Conference bag contents - Organic T-Shirt, Note pad made from recycled paper and printed with soy ink
Bike to JavaOne
Sun is continuing the “Bike to JavaOne” program it successfully launched last year. Bike to JavaOne promotes eco responsibility outside the conference walls by encouraging employees, customers and partners to bike to the event. Sun has also collaborated with the San Francisco Bike Coalition, a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation, to offer a free “Bike Valet” service daily from 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. in front of the Moscone Center South Hall. San Francisco Bike Coalition staffers will watch over bikes and give riders free advice on how to keep their cycles in top shape.
For more on how Sun is reducing the environmental impact of JavaOne, please visit the JavaOne Conference Eco Corner at: http://java.sun.com/javaone/sf/eco_corner.jsp.
About Eco Responsibility at Sun
Sun’s Eco Responsibility Initiative is guided by three principles: Innovate, Act and Share. Sun innovates by making products and services that are both good for the environment and good for business. Sun acts by operating in an open, eco-conscious way. Sun shares by making information and technology available to others so that we can all move forward and participate in an increasingly sustainable way. One of Sun’s eco innovations is the Sun Fire T1000/T2000 server, which is three to five times more energy efficient than its nearest competitor and the only server for which PG&E offers a rebate. Sun also takes responsibility for its products through end of life with its Global Takeback Program, which has allowed 95% of returned products to be recycled or reused. Sun is greening its own operations through programs like Open Work, which saves our environment 30,000 metric tons a year by allowing employees to work from home or in a flexible office. For more information on Sun’s Eco Responsibility Initiative, please visit http://www.sun.com/eco.
About the JavaOne Conference
Located at Moscone Center in San Francisco, May 8-11, the annual JavaOne conference is one of the leading events for Java technology developers. Established in 1996, the Conference provides technology enthusiasts the opportunity to learn about the latest technology innovations with Java technology, scripting, Open Source, Web 2.0 and more. Developers get hands-on experience with the technology, can network with their peers, and have the opportunity to network directly with technology experts from technology industry leaders. For more information about the JavaOne conference, visit http://java.sun.com/javaone.
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
A singular vision -- “The Network Is The Computer” -- guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world’s most important markets. Sun’s philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com.
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