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195 viewsA rooftop solar array reflects a sunny Colorado sky as guests, including U.S. Representative Jared Polis, tour the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) during the Green Data Center open house on May 4, 2012. The Green Data Center project uses new cooling technology that uses 90 percent less energy than traditional air conditioning, and an extensive rooftop solar array that results in a total energy savings of 70 percent. —Credit: Natasha Vizcarra/NSIDC

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182 viewsNational Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) Technical Services Manager David Gallaher explains to U.S. Representative Jared Polis (in yellow shirt) and other guests how the Green Data Center saves energy, on May 4, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado. —Credit: Natasha Vizcarra/NSIDC —Credit: Natasha Vizcarra/NSIDC
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Polis tweets NSIDC115 viewsLesley Smith of the Boulder Valley School Board of Education and Lisa Morzel of the Boulder City Council with U.S. Representative Jared Polis, at the Green Data Center open house on May 4, 2012 in Boulder. Polis tweets, "At @NSIDC ribbon cutting 4 new green data center, 70 % less energy use, did u know data ctrs use as much energy as 6 million households?" —Credit: Natasha Vizcarra/National Snow and Ice Data Center
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172 viewsNational Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) staff Rich Lutes examines an old data storage robot hand as fellow staff Jeff Groth looks on. The robot hand was decommissioned and the data tape library converted to smaller space-efficient storage to make way for the Green Data Center' s new, energy-saving cooling units. —Credit: Natasha Vizcarra/NSIDC
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153 viewsNational Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) Program Manager Ron Weaver and NSIDC Director Mark Serreze at the Green Data Center open house on May 4, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado.—Credit: Natasha Vizcarra/NSIDC
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172 viewsNational Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) Director Mark Serreze and Coolerado founder and chief scientist Valeriy Maisotsenko at the Green Data Center open house on May 4, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado. Maisotsenko invented the data center's new cooling technology that uses 90 percent less energy than traditional air conditioning. —Credit: Natasha Vizcarra/NSIDC
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161 viewsRonald Weaver (fifth from left) accepts an award for the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) with representatives of the RMH Group, an engineering consulting firm, on May 14, 2012 in Santa Clara, California. The Uptime Institute conferred the two organizations with the 2012 Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Award for the Green Data Center project, an on-budget retrofit project which reduced the data center's energy use by 90 percent. Weaver is Principal Investigator and Manager of the NASA Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) at NSIDC. --Credit: Uptime Institute
 
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