Each year, Uptime Institute hosts the Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Awards, an international competition that recognizes projects, ideas and products that improve energy productivity and resource use in IT. Although the categories in which the Institute grants awards may change each year, the objectives remain the same: to shine a spotlight on innovation and best practice in energy and resource efficiency. Through the GEIT program, we want to recognize and support change agents who lead by example.
GEIT is no popularity contest; our rigorous judging process is designed to select projects that demonstrate groundbreaking ideas that produce quantifiable, high-impact results. Our categories reflect an increased emphasis on converged digital infrastructure, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and improved resource efficiency in energy, water, and carbon use.
|Audacious Idea||New, unprecedented ideas for realizing energy and resource efficiency that are not commercially available in the IT and data center industries.|
|Facility Design – Implementation||Cutting-edge data center projects that demonstrate energy and resource efficiency in a new, operational data center.|
|Facility Design – Innovation||Cutting-edge data center designs that focus on energy and resource efficiency.|
|Facility Product Deployment||Facility infrastructure products that significantly improve data center energy and/or resource efficiency, as demonstrated in a user deployment.|
|Facility Retrofit||Data center facility retrofit projects that significantly improved energy and/or resource efficiency in an existing data center.|
|Green Digital Infrastructure Strategy||Exceptional energy and resource efficiency beyond an individual data center.|
|IT Product Deployment||IT products that significantly improve energy and/or resource efficiency, as demonstrated in a user deployment.|
|IT Retrofit||Projects in which IT operations staff significantly improved energy and/or resource efficiency while improving IT effectiveness.|
Organizations from 20 countries participated in last year’s Awards program, and six countries were represented among the honorees. Past winners of GEIT Awards include AOL, Bell Canada, Capgemini, Dell, eBay, Facebook, Hewlett-Packard, Helsingin Energia, Itaú, Kaiser Permanente, NTT Communications, Savvis, Schneider Electric, Tieto, and Verizon Wireless.