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Nov 12th 2012

AOL Earns Energy Star Certification for Virginia Data Centers

AOL has just earned Energy Star certifications for its Virginia data centers, Dulles and Manassas, the only two data centers in the state with this distinction.

This accomplishment means the buildings perform in the top 25% nationwide for energy efficiency and they meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy under the Energy Star program.

Commercial buildings that earn EPA's Energy Star certification use an average of 35% less energy than typical buildings and release 35% less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Given the power density requirements specific to data centers, an organization-wide commitment to energy conservation and efficiency is required to successfully earn the Energy Star certification. Earlier this year, AOL also won Uptime Institute awards for data center and IT efficiency.

Here are some reasons that AOL received an Energy Star Certification:

· AOL improved its data floor monitoring and chiller efficiency to better match the required cooling of the data floor with the computer room AC units; this measurement system allowed some of the AC units to be turned off at low-load times
· At the Dulles Tech Center, AOL retrofit the HVAC system with variable frequency drive motors, which resulted in increased energy efficiency
· Across the suite of Dulles campus buildings and technology centers, these cost effective and energy efficient improvements have saved AOL more than $7 million in energy costs

To learn more about AOL's sustainability efforts click here.

Jul 16th 2012

Drivers go from Cruise Control to 'ChooseControl'



As the automotive industry continues to post its highest sales since 2005, AOL Autos and Toyota today announced the launch of a next-generation online search tool that helps consumers find the perfect car for their lifestyle. Whether someone has young children, wants to go green, participate in outdoor sports or has an icy commute in colder months, "ChooseControl" allows a potential car buyer to search for automobiles based on the largest range of social demographics currently available. The tool also incorporates dynamic and customized video into the experience to help the car buyer visualize how the vehicle matches their unique lifestyle.

Read more about this launch by clicking here.

Apr 3rd 2012

Autoblog Green Wins 'Best Transportation Website'

Autoblog Green has been named Best Transportation Website by Treehugger.com's Readers' Choice Awards! These awards are a precursor to the site's annual Best of Green Awards. Autoblog Green earned an impressive 54% of total votes over competition like Green Car Reports and Green Car Congress. TreeHugger, owned by Discovery Communications, is a leading site covering the environmental industry. For more information about this award click here.

Feb 23rd 2012

AOL Video Views Climb in January comScore Rankings

On the strength of the incredible original video produced in-house and in partnership with marquee production companies, AOL Video climbed to #5 in the overall video views chart in comScore's January rankings. Consumers are spending more time watching thanks to the breadth and volume across key categories like tech, fashion, food, home and autos.

January was also a big month in traffic for HuffPost Politics, HuffPost Green and HuffPost Black Voices*, which all earned number one comScore rankings. We had a total of sixteen properties that ranked in the top three for their respective comScore categories.

* AOL custom-built category for unique visitors, according to January 2012 comScore Media Metrix data

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