IT Sustainability at UD
Sustainability is about respecting the need to preserve natural resources and protect the environment while we work to achieve our institutional aims. With the central role technology plays in the life of the University, considering ways we can implement and maintain “green” IT practices is an important concern of UDit and others across campus. The IT Sustainability Committee comprises UD faculty, students and IT staff dedicated to advancing IT sustainability practices at UD.
Promoting a culture of sustainable IT practices.
To educate campus about sustainable IT practices and to lead by implementing IT practices in energy consumption, recycling, and equipment acquisition.
What we’re doing
Energy-STAR /EPEAT purchasing
UD adheres to Energy-STAR and EPEAT standards and recommendations for campus technology purchases.
- EPEAT, Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, is a tool helping institutional purchasers select and compare computer desktops, laptops and monitors based on their environmental attributes.
- ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.
Equipment Life Cycle Management
UDit looks for ways to repurpose old equipment, rather than sending it to the nearest dump. We reuse items on campus, donate systems to local non-profits and - when it’s truly the “end of the line” for a piece of hardware - recycle responsibly.
Paperless process implementation
UDit is committed to helping campus units implement technology solutions that reduce our reliance on paper. For instance, Banner Document Management allows for electronic storage of documents.
UDit strongly encourages the use of virtual servers whenever possible, allowing UD to “not buy” yet another piece of hardware. Virtual Servers use 90 percent less energy than traditional servers and essentially eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from production, shipping and disposal of server hardware.
Currently, UDit is running almost 400 virtual application servers on less than 20 physical servers in three separate datacenter facilities.
Recyling of Ink, Batteries, Mobile Electronics
The UDit Service Center has a recycling container with bins for:
- rechargeable batteries
- mobile electronics
The container is located in Anderson Center on the ground floor between room 28 and 29 just outside the main door into the IT Service Center. All are welcome.
What we’re planning
Of course, there’s always more we can do. Our team is looking at other ways to enhance a culture of sustainability at UD.
- Green demolition of the Miriam Hall 300 datacenter
- Desktop computer power management
- Researching technology usage and attitudes towards sustainability within the UD community
If you have questions, suggestions or comments, please contact Ryan Allen in e-Learning.
Quick IT Energy Saving Tips
We can improve IT purchasing, disposal and process on the administrative side, but a lot of IT sustainability comes down to YOU. Help UD’s sustainability efforts by trying out a few of these tips.
- Utilize the sleep-mode or hibernate settings on your computer (and monitor) so that they require less energy when not actively being used. The less energy your computer consumes, the greater the savings.Turn off your computer monitor at night
- Print on both sides of the paper (duplex printing) when possible to reduce the amount of paper and ink that you’re consuming.
- Unplug chargers and adaptors when not in use
- Unplug battery chargers when a device is fully charged