A Green IT Case Study: Monsanto LEED Status
Achieving LEED status is difficult for power-hungry data centers, but more companies are coming on board. Data center operator 365 Main pledged this spring that all future data centers it builds will be LEED-certified.
Showers attributes Monsanto's energy conservation success to the company that helped design the new data center, Bruns-Pak of Edison, N.J. "It had been 40 years since we built our last data center, so there was very little expertise sitting around the table at Monsanto," he says.
"Data centers are our only line of business," says Mark Evanko, a principle engineer and partner with Bruns-Pak. The company offers consulting advice, design and engineering services, and construction project management. The only thing it doesn't do is the actual construction. It has a client list that spans most industries and includes Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, Wachovia Bank and the U.S. Postal Service.
Energy efficiency is a high priority with every client his firm sees these days, Evanko says, and for good reason: Data centers typically consume 15 times more energy per square foot than a typical office building. In the U.S., data centers consume an estimated 20 billion to 30 billion kilowatt hours of electricity (about the same as the entire state of Utah) and the number of installed servers is forecasted to increase as much as 50 percent over the next three to four years, according to research firm IDC.