Higher education has a role to play in understanding environmental issues, educating the community about these issues, and adopting practices that are globally responsible. Information Technology is generally the third largest consumer of energy in an organization. This positions IT operations as both a major consumer of energy as well as a major enabler of Institute activities that might be involved in responding to climate change in a positive way.
ITS Green Initiatives currently underway
- Meetings are done on-line in ITS - no paper copies of agendas or minutes.
- ITS information flyers have been reduced to rack cards or book marks with website references listed for further information.
- Magazine and newspaper subscriptions have been reviewed and greatly reduced.
- Invoices are scanned and filed electronically - paper filing cabinets are disappearing.
- Email taglines have been added asking staff to consider the environment before printing the email.
- Computers are on an evergreen lease program and returned to the vendor for refurbishing and redistribution every 4 years. Servers and Network equipment will also be on a lease program in the near future.
- Recycling bins in ITS collect paper, and there are containers to collect plastic bottles and cans. Profits are used for our Christmas Families of Choice Campaign.
- PC Power saving software is being researched with a plan for mass deployment in labs and staff/faculty areas.
- Printer Energy Consumption and Printed Paper Consumption is being reviewed.
- Purchasing/Selection standards are being revised
- Environmental Footprint Data is being collected and analyzed.
- Energy Control and Monitoring Software is being researched.
- ITS is encouraging a reduction in the number of IT devices per user at IZUNA.
- ITS is in the process of expanding the awareness of our technology green initiative to our clients departments.
Did you know
- E-Waste is the term for electronic products nearing the end of its useful life. This includes computers, laptops, phones, televisions, stereos, copies, printers etc. Many of these products can be reused, refurbished or recycled. Unfortunately, electronic discards [PDF, 233Kb] is one of the fastest growing segments of our nation's waste stream. It seems that computers are obsolete before they even get out of the box.
- On average office workers print 12,000 sheets per annum, with 44% shown to be unnecessary. Gartner
- 53% of storage has not been accessed in the last 90 days. The cost of supporting a tera byte of on-line storage is more than the purchase price of a tera byte of storage Gartner
- IT has the same carbon foot print as the aviation industry!
- The Windows Vista operating system features significant changes to power management.
- Gartner estimates that globally consumers and enterprises dispose of or replace around half a million PCs, 22,000 servers and about 1.5 million mobile phones - every single day of the year!
- 10,000 PCs operating 24/7 consume $1.4 m per annum in electricity.