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Letter From a Board Member

Dear fellow TGG members,

Technical projects are a cornerstone of The Green Grid and produce the results and deliverables on which our organization positions itself as a trusted adviser and key opinion leader for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry.

We prioritize high-quality activities because they provide solutions to the industry’s most pressing resource efficiency challenges. Our project work reflects on The Green Grid as a whole and helps us advance our global mission to drive effective, sustainable and accountable resource efficiency across the entire ICT ecosystem.

The Program Committee and Program Development Director manage the wide range of activity requests (ARs) that commence new projects. The Program Committee aligns these ARs with the strategic direction of the Board of Directors by:
  • Ensuring that new and ongoing ARs are within the scope of The Green Grid’s mission
  • Identifying areas of inadequate coverage and spurring work groups to create ARs
  • Providing necessary support and tools to enable AR leads to focus on content and deliverables
The Program Committee provides a basis for the AR leads to conduct and conclude their work, allowing them to focus on the subject matter. Specific support functions include:
  • Providing guidance and coaching throughout the entire AR process
  • Conducting regular reviews with AR leads on project status and development
  • Implementing simple processes that focus on efficiency and quality
  • Dealing with regional differences
I invite you to join our efforts. As a committee member, you can help guide the strategic direction of the projects. We are currently looking to increase our committee base to include more companies from across membership levels.

On a final note, I encourage our many members to get involved in initiating activity requests. It is an opportunity to contribute and take on a leadership position as an AR Lead. You have our support. Get involved now!

Lance Rütimann


The Green Grid Welcomes Cisco Back to Its Board of Directors

Cisco has returned to the Board of Directors after a recent hiatus. Cisco’s return, paired with the recent addition of Siemens, brings board-level representation to a total of 10 companies who work together to set the strategic direction for the organization.
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The Green Grid Announces TGG China as an Independent Nonprofit Organization

The Green Grid China will operate inside the country in full compliance with Chinese laws to better connect with the Chinese data center industry. Unlike other TGG regional organizations, TGG China is organizationally and legally independent of TGG Global.
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Discount Available to Nonprofit Entities

Nonprofits who join The Green Grid at the General or Contributor level can receive a 30 percent discount on their membership dues. The entity must identify itself on the membership application and attach supporting documentation.
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Annual Elections Are Approaching

Nominations for standing work group chairs, committee chairs and GEC regional leaders are now being accepted for the 2016 term, and elections are scheduled for mid-November.
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WUE Moves to the Fore

The Green Grid developed the Water Usage Effectiveness (WUE) metric in 2011 to help data center operators obtain a clearer picture of how much water their facilities are consuming on a kWh-of-IT basis. Since that time, high-profile droughts and other factors have made water usage by data centers an increasingly scrutinized topic. Despite broad awareness of WUE within the ICT industry, operators remain slow to embrace it. To address this challenge, The Green Grid will be focusing upcoming work group activity on refining the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) metric to directly account for the energy content of water.

Data Center Airflow Management Calculators
White Paper – For Members Only

Because substantial variations exist in tools for evaluating airflow management potential, The Green Grid’s newest white paper assesses major, publicly available software and calculators with respect to their applicability in estimating energy savings for utility incentives and defines the requirements for a calculator that will meet the needs of utilities and the data center industry.
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Good Practice Award
Sakura Internet and Bit-Isle are recognized for their noteworthy initiatives and results in improving data center energy efficiency.
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Key Contributor Award
The Green Grid’s Key Contributor Award recognizes individual participants who have made significant contributions in advancing the work of The Green Grid. Nominations are now being accepted for Q3 2015. Download a nomination form and submit it to

Hugh Barrass Award
The Hugh Barrass Award is bestowed on a member of The Green Grid, or a member of the broader ICT community, who best represents the contributions of Hugh Barrass to the industry and the spirit of The Green Grid. Nominations for the 2015 award are currently being accepted. Download an application form and submit it to



Relive the Top Sessions
Gain new insight into the challenges facing companies across the information and communications technology industry.
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The Liquid Cooling Work Group is seeking members to participate in the preparation of a survey of end-users regarding their perceptions and/or experiences with liquid cooling in the data center. The project’s purpose is to identify the barriers and motivations for liquid cooling adoption.
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Members-Only Webcast: The ‘Nuts & Bolts’ of The Green Grid
September 29, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. EDT
Want to better navigate, engage and lead within the organization? Learn how to take an idea for a new activity and turn it into a published piece of content – and all the steps in-between!
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Webcast: EN 50600: Building the Data Centers of the Future
October 13, 2015 at 16:00 CEST/ 10:00 a.m. EDT
Join The Green Grid’s Lance Rütimann as he examines EN 50600, the data center design standard that experts expect to have impacts far beyond the EMEA market.
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Global Technical Committee Summit
October 21-22, 2015
Intel, Hillsboro, Ore.

Attending members can influence The Green Grid’s work on key projects, such as liquid cooling technology, the Data Center Maturity Model, data center automation with a DCIM system, a modern assessment of the ITIC/CBEMA curve and more.
Members register today >

7x24 Exchange Fall Conference 2015
November 15-18, 2015
JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country, San Antonio

The Green Grid’s Roger Tipley, Tahir Cader, John Pflueger and Dave Sterlace will lead a panel discussion focusing on sustainability and resource efficiency.
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The Green Grid Forum
March 8-9, 2016
Hilton Seattle Airport and Convention Center, Seattle

The event is an excellent opportunity to learn how your company can improve resource efficiency, share best practices and network with industry colleagues. Registration is expected to open in December.


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