Congratulations to Mary Lou Jepsen! In what I consider to be a under-celebrated achievement of One Laptop Per Child's Chief Technology Officer, she has succeed in designing one environmentally friendly laptop per child.
The XO laptop has earned the highest environmental certifications: it is in full compliance with the European Union’s rigorous RoHS(a) standards; it has qualified for Energy Star 4.0 Category A (the most stringent ranking); and it has received the US PC and notebook environmental ratings agency EPEAT Gold(b) rating, one of only eight laptop computers to do so.In fact, the last we heard Mary Lou was working on a take-back policy with Quanta Computer so that no XO laptop will end up in a landfill - anywhere.
Now thinking of the conversations I've had with her, I know she'll credit her whole team of gifted designers for the realization of her hardware design dream:
"In developing the XO laptop, OLPC had the goal of creating a child-friendly educational tool that inspires creativity and learning for children all over the world," said Mary Lou Jepsen, chief technology officer at OLPC.And looking at the following graph, all I can see is a Merry OLPC Christmas as the world's PC colors turns from red to green with laptops that idle at a single Watt of electricity instead of 70.
"But equally important for us was to produce a laptop that could be used in remote areas with unreliable or limited energy sources. The result is a laptop computer that has more than 10 times less environmental impact than the average laptop computer. It’s the greenest laptop ever made, and that's not just its color."
Looking at my new work ThinkPad T60, and remembering my days with the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, I cannot wait for Jepsen's OLPC product roadmap to give everyone the opportunity to be green in more than envy for her literally clock-stopping hot technology.