Kaiser Permanente has received one of the first Uptime Institute Brill Awards for Efficient IT. The award recognizes the healthcare organization's efficiency in capital deployment, technology, design, operations and overall management of its data centers and IT operations.

Company executives said interdisciplinary teams from across the organization have identified and implemented a number of initiatives that improve and sustain energy efficiency in the organization's national data centers.

Since 2008, Kaiser Permanente's data centers have:

* Avoided more than 100 gigawatt hours of electrical energy usage, equivalent to more than 6,200 average homes' energy use for one year.

* Avoided approximately $10.5 million in electrical utility costs.

* Prevented nearly 53,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from reaching the atmosphere, equivalent to taking more than 11,000 passenger cars off the road for one year.

Kaiser Permanente says it is using nearly 20 percent less electricity to cool its national data center facilities and computer room floors than it did five years ago. It also has the only LEED Platinum certified data center in the world for building operation and management. Three of Kaiser Permanente's data centers are Energy Star rated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Uptime Institute is a third-party research, education and consulting organization focused on improving data center performance and efficiency through collaboration and innovation. The Brill Awards attracted 100 entries from companies in 19 countries. Kaiser Permanente was one of 18 organizations to receive the recognition.

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