The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will host a panel event from 8 to 10 a.m. at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Avenue, New York, on Monday, November 14, 2011, bringing together leaders in the health care and higher education sectors to discuss how energy consumption affects decisions about IT capital investments in their organizations.

Over the last decade, hospitals and universities have seen a significant increase in energy consumption from IT infrastructure. New requirements for maintaining electronic records and rising demands from end users coupled with soaring electricity costs have made IT-related energy costs a major operating expense. Aside from saving money, the motivation to install energy-efficient technology is amplified as more hospitals and universities incorporate environmental sustainability into their organizational missions.

NYSERDA and select panelists include:

• Chris Stump, data center project manager, NYSERDA

• Moderator Steve Cohen, executive director of Columbia University's Earth Institute

• Joe Sestito, data center consolidation program manager for the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

• Mark Moroses, CIO of Continuum Health Partners

• James Haggard, deputy CIO of CUNY