As we celebrate Earth Day this year, governments and education organizations are looking to further their environmental efforts in helping make our planet cleaner and more sustainable. Technology can play a fundamental role in supporting them on these efforts. Today, managers can reduce energy costs by centrally monitoring, controlling, and building automation systems. Ciscos Bruce Klein, SVP for the U.S. Public Sector organization, joins us today and explains two great examples on how a state government as Missouri has reduced its energy consumption by 18% and is saving more than $100,000 for just one of its 3,800 buildings per year. And on the education side, Klein explains how Ave Maria University in Florida is saving $1 million in building costs from eliminating redundant wiring and cabling, and is estimating an annual savings of $600,000 from utility usage efficiencies.
More than one billion people in 190 countries will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day this year. Along this theme, Bruce Klein, Ciscos SVP for the U.S. Public Sector organization, joins Focus Washington and shares with us Ciscos vision on environmental sustainability and how are government agencies are using technology to become green. For example, U.S. Postal Service is using collaboration technologies to train its employees remotely, and expects to reduce annual travel costs by approx. $10 million. Also, the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General was the first department in the state to adopt virtualization technologies, and has reduced energy usage by 40%. Agencies can become green while lowering costs, achieving greater energy efficiency, among other benefits.