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Uptime Institute Adds Sustainability Track to Educational Training Offerings with Accredited Sustainability Advisor Course

New curriculum covers critical sustainability concepts, industry trends and regulations to help data center operators meet ICT-related sustainability goals

NEW YORK, NY – May 3, 2022  – Uptime Institute, the global digital infrastructure authority, today announced another addition to its growing educational offerings with the launch of its new Accredited Sustainability Advisor (ASA) program. The ASA course is designed to deliver essential knowledge of sustainability concepts and the practical skills data center professionals need to develop and implement a comprehensive, world-class sustainability strategy.

More than 70 countries have established commitments to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas by 2050. New regulations are proliferating worldwide, with hundreds of pieces of climate change and sustainability legislation, standards and requirements enacted over the past ten years. As demand for senior-level data center professionals and IT/facility engineers with advanced sustainability expertise continues to rise, sustainability skillsets have never been more valuable or impactful. The ASA course cuts through the mounting volume of information and opinion around sustainability programs and offers insight on global best practices.

The ASA curriculum covers:

  • Session 1—Sustainability Policy and Management
  • Session 2—Regulatory Requirements
  • Session 3—Facility Siting, Design, and Certification
  • Session 4—Facility Energy Consumption and Efficiency
  • Session 5—IT Energy Consumption and Efficiency
  • Session 6—Renewable Energy Purchasing and Consumption
  • Session 7—Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions
  • Session 8—Water Consumption and Efficiency
  • Session 9—Circular Economy, Recycle, and Reuse
  • Session 10—Information Reporting
  • Session 11—Sustainability Strategy in the Organization

The first online instructor-led, ASA course begins on May 23rd and includes four half-day sessions of intensive instruction and exercises, ending with a proctored examination on the fifth day. For further information and a list of course dates, refer to the course calendar. Uptime also offers private course options for companies that wish to create exclusive corporate learning and development programs for ongoing employee education.

“With the growing effects of climate change on health, safety and global economies, world-class digital infrastructure owners and operators require hands-on, practical training to build a comprehensive and fully actionable sustainability strategy,” said Christopher M. Hill, global head, product management, Uptime Institute. “Our course ensures participants graduate with the skills necessary to lead their organizations in achieving sustainability objectives, both now and into the future.”

Uptime’s longstanding leadership in digital infrastructure sustainability and efficiency dates back to its inaugural Green Data Center Forum in 2007. The launch of the new ASA course represents yet another step in the organization’s expanding program to inform, guide and support sustainability advancements throughout the sector. Through its new sustainability educational training, Sustainability Consulting Services and related offerings, Uptime advises some of the world’s largest digital infrastructure owners and operators, many vendors and equipment manufacturers, regulators, and policymakers to help the industry design, build and operate digital infrastructure sustainably—without compromising resiliency.

Uptime recently announced a complete series of six Executive Advisory reports that take managers through the key areas that must be addressed in an environmental sustainability strategy, from creating the strategy and reducing energy consumption to tracking and reporting carbon emissions and complying with key standards and legislation. Download the executive summary of the first report and find out more about the subsequent installments here.

Uptime Institute Membership, the world’s largest group of data center owners and operators, will have exclusive access to the complete contents of each report in the series upon release, while non-members will have access to executive summary copies. Learn more about Uptime Institute Membership and request a free guest trial here.


Uptime will be hosting a webinar series to deliver in-depth insights and to facilitate discussions following the release of each report. Scheduled for Tuesday, May 10th at 9:00 a.m. PDT, the first webinar will cover the “Creating a sustainability strategy” report. The second webinar will take place on Tuesday, June 7th at 9:00 a.m. PDT and explore both the “Tackling greenhouse gases” and “Reducing the energy footprint” reports. To view the webinar schedule and register to attend, click here.

About Uptime Institute

Uptime Institute is the Global Digital Infrastructure Authority. Its Tier Standard is the IT industry’s most trusted and adopted global standard for the proper design, construction, and operation of data centers – the backbone of the digital economy. For over 25 years, the company has served as the standard for data center reliability, sustainability, and efficiency, providing customers assurance that their digital infrastructure can perform at a level that is consistent with their business needs across a wide array of operating conditions. With its data center Tier Standard & Certifications, Management & Operations reviews, broad range of related risk and performance assessments, and accredited educational curriculum completed by over 10,000 data center professionals, Uptime Institute has helped thousands of companies, in over 100 countries to optimize critical IT assets while managing costs, resources, and efficiency.

Uptime Institute is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices in Seattle, London, Sao Paulo, Dubai, Singapore, and Taipei and staff in over 25 other countries. For more information, please visit www.uptimeinstitute.com.

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