Media Advisory
1 May 2012

Grand opening of renovated National Snow and Ice Data Center

solar panel installation

Workers install solar panels on the roof of the National Snow and Ice Data Center. The Green Data Center project includes the solar panels as well as new technologies for cooling that drastically cut energy usage.
—Credit: Ronald Weaver
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Media are welcome to attend the invitation-only grand opening of the renovated National Snow and Ice Data Center, to be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4.

The event, including a reception and tours, will showcase the newly installed technologies that have slashed NSIDC's energy footprint by more than 70 percent. This project, known as the NSIDC Green Data Center, serves as a model for data centers around the country that want to reduce their environmental impact.

For its green renovations, including the installation of a novel indirect evaporative cooling system and the installment of a solar power array, NSIDC has received the Governor's Award for High-Impact Research, from Gov. John Hickenlooper, as well as the Green Enterprise award from the Uptime Institute, and a sustainability award from CU-Boulder.

NSIDC is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciencesa joint venture of CU-Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationand supports research into Earth's frozen regions including sea ice, snow cover, glaciers, ice caps, ice sheets, permafrost and climate interactions.


Date: Friday, May 4
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: 1540 30th Street, CU-Boulder East Campus (Map)

For more information about the NSIDC grand opening contact Jane Beitler at or 303-492-1497.

To read more about the Green Data Center, visit the project Web page:

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