Discovery Communications LLC

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Discovery declined to disclose exact figures, but Larry Laque, executive vice president of the company's global shared-services unit, estimates that savings are "at least in the six figures."

Kline is also pushing for savings in front-office printing. The business uses networked printers, all of which are on the lightest print setting by default. Many printers are also set to print double-sided pages, and Kline is pushing to expand that.

Energy efficiency plays a role in all IT equipment purchase decisions, says Laque. And for the electricity Discovery consumes companywide, it purchases offsets in the form of wind-power credits from Pepco Holdings Inc., a local utility. "What we can't reduce or recycle, we offset," Laque says.

Overall, Discovery cut its energy bill by 27% in its headquarters, but Laque says the next step will be to apply the principles behind LEED to its data center facility. That's not going to be an easy fit. But, says Laque, "you have to have the courage to jump in and learn as you go along."

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