DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – JM Family Enterprises Inc., parent company of JM&A Group, announced it now ranks No. 12 on the 2011 Top Green-IT Users list by IDG’s Computerworld. The distinction is part of the IT media outlet’s fourth annual Top Green-IT Organizations feature.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the leading organizations in green IT,” said Ken Yerves, JM Family’s chief information officer. “As we continue to invest in new technology, our goal is to minimize our environmental impact, support sustainability through best practices and establish business and community partnerships that promote a greener way to conduct business.”

Computerworld set out to identify organizations that are implementing smart, efficient strategies to achieve green IT and invited organizations to complete a comprehensive questionnaire online from June to August 2011. With the help of green IT industry experts, Computerworld applied a set of criteria to identify the organizations that are working to reduce energy consumption in IT equipment and are using technology to conserve energy and lower carbon emissions. Based

on the weighting scheme developed, the top 12 Green-IT Users and top 12 Green-IT Vendors lists were chosen.

JM Family’s recent technology-related green investments include installing a 202-kilowatt rooftop solar array in Alpharetta Ga.; installing a 33-kilowatt rooftop array in Deerfield Beach, Fla.; and replacing 1,400 physical servers with virtualization technology, helping reduce energy consumption by 5,575,000 kWh per year, according to the company. JM Family also utilizes Dell’s Asset Recovery and Recycling services to resell, recycle, or dispose of obsolete servers, monitors, desktops, phones, mobile devices and network equipment according to EPA guidelines. 

“Many of the organizations recognized in our fourth annual Top Green-IT issue have woven energy-saving initiatives into the fabric of their IT strategies,” said Scot Finnie, editor in chief, Computerworld. “These top organizations are tapping the collective brainpower of their IT staffs to capitalize on existing technologies that lower energy use and seek out new methods to better control their carbon footprints.”