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Pamela Rucker doesn’t want to spend money with IT vendors that waste water or energy, or that have large carbon footprints. After all, she says, as vice president of IT for environmental services firm PSC, it would be hypocritical to not hold vendors to high standards.
When considering a deal with a software, hardware or services provider, Rucker demands to see its written policies governing sustainability. On top of that, IT staff might walk through vendor facilities to verify a company’s green claims: How high heat density is in the data center; how water consumption is minimized; whether renewable energy sources are used; how old computers are recycled. Rucker and team don’t just take such claims at face value, they look for proof.