At a broad level, Oregon State University is dedicated to formulating strategies that balance sustainable environmental, energy, and economic systems. We can all play a part in reducing the environmental impact of information technology! For example, OSU currently reuses or recycles all computer equipment on campus.
OSU was recently featured in an article on cloud computing in Campus Technology magazine. Read the article.
The following tips provide information about ways you can reduce your computing impact on the environment.
The College of Engineering (COE) IT group has been actively working to improve energy efficiency by developing tools to better manage the 14 COE computer labs. See how their working model can apply to other labs on campus.
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Greening IT is an initiative to reduce the environmental impact of information technology at OSU. The Greening IT group provides value to the OSU community through outreach education and reducing university expenditures in electricity, paper, HVAC, toner, and equipment purchases. Learn more about the Greening IT team and current projects.
Computer labs on campus consume considerable energy. Historically, lab computers (excluding monitors) have been powered on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, regardless of usage. Adding to the energy use is the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) that is needed to offset the heat produced by the computers.
For many years, the College of Engineering (COE) IT group has been actively working to improve energy efficiency by developing tools to better manage the 14 COE computer labs and allow the 400+ workstations to sleep as much as possible. Benefits of the project include:
An estimated $8,000 a year in electricity costs are saved, just in the engineering computer labs. This does not include HVAC related savings. COE continues to improve this process, and hopes to soon share this technology with other units on campus.
To enable better usage of the lab and reduce frustration for COE users, web pages were developed to show current usage. View lab computer status.
The software also tracks usage data, alllowing lab managers to plan for demand, adjust staffing and remotely wake computers as needed.
If you are interested in more information about these tools or want to explore how they can be used elsewhere on campus, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Problems with the computers or feedback about the computers entering sleep mode can be sent to the same address.
One of the easiest ways to do your part for a green community is to print less. If every student in the university printed 100 fewer sheets of paper per year, or the equivalent of 20 assignments at 5 pages each, we would save 13 tons of paper annually!
There are a lot of ways to reduce the number of pages you print, but here are a few simple ideas.
There are many more ways you can help conserve our valuable resources. If you would like to know more about what you or your department can do, please see the following.
Electronics are made from heavy metals and plastics, both of which take a large toll on the environment. Metals, primarily copper, lead, and mercury, account for 30 to 50 percent of a computer. But there are many ways to slow the use of these resources.
Don't get a new computer until you have to! If you just use your computer for Microsoft Office and web browsing, an older computer will probably do the trick. Here are some tips to extend your current computer's lifespan.
Students: Contact the OSU Computer Helpdesk for assistance or recommendations to maximize your current computer.
If your computer is less than five years old, chances are that somebody else can use the computer.
Just because your computer is broken beyond repair doesn't mean that it should go in the garbage bin. In fact, House Bill 2626 makes it illegal to dispose of televisions, laptops, and computers in any landfill in Oregon.
Don't throw your electronics in the trash; there are many places to recycle them.