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FNB, Lenovo and IT reseller Technology Corporate Management (TCM) have partnered to illustrate that going green is a concept requiring implementation at all levels to ensure maximum effect and sustainability

Monique Harris, TCM Marketing Executive
Johannesburg, 24 March 2009

FNB, Lenovo and IT reseller Technology Corporate Management (TCM) have partnered to illustrate that going green is a concept requiring implementation at all levels to ensure maximum effect and sustainability.

With environmental issues such as climate change and fuel shortages being highlighted as global crises, green solutions are fast becoming a way of life and no longer just a marketing tool.

FNB has already incorporated a number of green practices throughout various streams of operations, including a multimillion-rand investment in its latest office park in Fairlands, Johannesburg, which includes greening specifications such as solar powered heating systems, population density sensors to avoid power wastage and an air-conditioning system that is 32% more energy efficient than an average system.

Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks, ThinkVision monitors and many ThinkCentre products launched from 2008 have up to 70% energy efficiency improvement compared to older generation PCs. Lenovo systems that achieved EPEAT Gold rating also contain up to 90% re-usable and recyclable materials.

TCM, FNB and Lenovo Volunteers with the children at Orlando
Children's Home

FNB, Lenovo and TCM have come up with an ongoing initiative, which will assist in providing disadvantaged groups and the organisations assisting them in understanding the importance of an environmentally friendly way of life and management of resources. This funding for this initiative is directly linked to the volume of Lenovo machines, which are all Energy Star 4.0 compliant, purchased by FNB. The three organisations will jointly execute various green initiative activities every quarter throughout various communities around South Africa. The first phase of the initiative saw volunteers from the three groups partner with Food and Trees for Africa and the Robin Good Initiative.

Working with national greening, climate change action and food gardening schemes Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA), FNB, Lenovo and TCM agreed to work with the Umthambeka Primary School and the Phomolong Secondary School, in Tembisa, through FTFAs National Tree Distribution Programme

This programme responds to schools and community organisations across South Africa who submit applications for trees to be planted within their community. Metre high indigenous or fruit trees are purchased from the nearest nurseries, emerging nurseries where possible, and delivered to the applicants. FTFA places a strong focus on education and awareness and all trees are donated with instructions on how to plant and maintain them, the importance of trees in our lives, and basic information on global warming. The groups provided volunteers who spent a day planting the trees with the assistance of scholars.

Volunteers with the chldren at Umthambeka Primary School
in Tembisa.

Volunteers with the chldren at Umthambeka Primary School in Tembisa. The volunteers visited Orlando Children's Home in Soweto with representatives from the Robin Good Initiative, who guided them through the implementation of a vegitunnel system which will allow the home to produce vegetables that will feed their own needs as well as generate an incremental revenue stream through the sale of the produce for the home. The Orlando Children's Home is a sanctuary for 60 abandoned and orphaned youth between the ages of two months and 22-years-old. “We are so excited to have FNB, Lenovo and TCM employees with us today. Food is so expensive and being able to grow our own vegetables for the orphanage means so much,” says Mirriam Mazibuko, Manager of The Orlando Children's Home. “The children are all very eager to get involved in the maintenance and day-to-day running of the vegitunnel too,” she says.

“As a leading IT reseller in South Africa, TCM plays an advisory role to customers. In this instance, the customer wanted to actualise a green concept through its IT infrastructure and the solution to this request expanded above a technical specification of any machine. Through our partnership with FNB and Lenovo, we were able to execute on this initiative, which has far-reaching effects, including hunger and poverty alleviation as well as a carbon footprint reduction. TCM is also extensively committed to the development and transfer of skills, which was conducted through both projects to effect sustainability,” states TCM Marketing Executive Monique Harris.

For more information please contact:
Monique Harris
TCM Marketing Executive
(011) 848 6000



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