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Transy sustainability effort: overview

Computing

Computers are an important part of our life, but they can be significant energy and resource drainers. Here's what Transylvania is doing to reduce energy use: 

  • Increasing the number of thin-client computer labs. The computers in these labs rely on a central server for processing and storage. Centralization saves energy and decreases noise and cooling needs in the labs.
  • Increasing the use of virtualization, which greatly reduces the number of production servers needed. Two large servers will accomplish the same tasks that previously required 10 or 12 individual servers.
  • Going paperless. Paper use on campus has been cut by 33 percent in response to President Williams's 2010 challenge to students, faculty, and staff to eliminate paper consumption.

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to make simple individual changes to support green computing and reduce their technology carbon footprints.

  • Power management — Energy usage is greatly reduced by turning off computers and printers when not in use, or by letting them enter a low power "sleep" mode.
  • Duplex printing — Double-sided printing cuts paper use in half.
  • E-mail — Don't print e-mails unless absolutely necessary. We suggest adding this message, or a similar one, at the bottom of e-mails:

Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail.