How to Save Money in Your Small Data Center  

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2 Hours
1:15 pm - 3:15 pm (EST)

Cleveland, OH

0.2 CEUs
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In this workshop, Steve Greenberg and Dale Sartor, authors of the Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory’s “Small Data Center Energy Savings Guide,” will provide actionable guidance to save energy in small data centers. Small data centers (under 5,000 square feet of computer floor) are especially important because, while they house more than half of all servers (Shehabi et. al. 2016), they tend to have only fair energy management. During this workshop, participants will learn about low-cost energy efficiency opportunities, acquire knowledge about free tools and resources to help achieve energy savings, learn about training opportunities, and more. This workshop is particularly relevant to federal data centers implementing the Office of Management and Budget’s Data Center Optimization Initiative.


Steve Greenberg, P.E., Senior Energy Management Engineer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory   

Steve has researched and applied energy efficient building and industrial systems for a variety of clients on three continents over the past 36 years. His data center engineering experience spans over 19 years, and includes centers ranging from server closets to supercomputer centers in excess of 15 megawatts. He has been involved in design, design review, commissioning, and retrofit, and has taught workshops on data center energy efficiency for DOE, utility companies, and ASHRAE. Steve holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Energy and Resources, both from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a registered Mechanical Engineer in California. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council and a Certified Energy Manager.

Dale Sartor, P.E., Staff Scientist/Engineer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Hannon Armstrong   

Dale is a staff scientist/engineer at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he focusses on building efficiency technology applications. Mr. Sartor has an A.B. in Architecture, and an MBA. He is a licensed Mechanical Engineer and General Building Contractor. He has over forty years of professional experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy including ten years as a principal of an A&E company, and seven years as the head of LBNL's In-House Energy Management Program. Mr. Sartor does energy RD&D at LBNL on labs and data centers and oversees the Federal Energy Management Program’s Center of Expertise for Data Centers.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will gain an understanding of:

  • Small data center energy saving best practices;
  • Available tools and resources for helping to save energy in a small data center.
  • The federal mandates regarding small and all data centers.
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