Acer and Datacom aid in greener education

Acer and Datacom aid in greener education

St Michaels College in SA green initiative part of Acer's broader neutral carbon emissions program

Acer and Datacom have teamed up to deliver a green computing solution to St Michael's College in Adelaide.

The pair are rolling out a fleet of Acer's low-energy consumption PC, the Veriton 1000 3-litre desktop. As part of the deal the vendor has proposed to plant over 4000 trees on behalf of the college to offset PC power usage.

The initiative is part of Acer's broader carbon emission offset program in which the vendor plants a tree for each Veriton 1000 and L460 3-litre desktop sold. Acer state manager of SA and NT, John Winter, said the vendor was in talks to extend the initiative to other schools.

"We're in talks with Adelaide University, which was a big win for us earlier in the year with Datacom," he said.

Datacom systems managing director of SA, Darren Williams, said the solution was implemented in response to the school's requirements. "More and more we're seeing schools and corporations considering the green footprint," he said.

Datacom works with a dozen schools in SA, Williams said. The St Michael's College initiative fitted in with the integrator's own green strategy and desire to partner with vendors that differentiated themselves with green responsibility, he said. Datacom and Acer recently found opportunities to broaden their relationship following Commander's withdrawal from the space.

"We're still talking to the school about how else we can to help them with their green plans - the school is looking into being greener with disposable material and recycling for instance," Williams said.

Acer is also developing a green microsite to showcase future green initiatives. Winter said the vendor would continue to look for tangible ways to offset its carbon footprint.

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