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:Â
- 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.
- Reducing paper use. Paper use on campus has been cut dramatically in response to former President Williams's 2010 challenge to students, faculty, and staff to conserve paper. The year immediately following the challenge, paper use decreased by 33% and use continues to decline.
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, printer, and monitors when not in use, or by letting them enter a low power "sleep" mode.
- Duplex printing. Double-sided printing cuts paper use in half.
- Electronic documents. Annotate your Word documents by using the features available under the Review tab, and annotate PDFs using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software. You can even turn online content into PDFs using a free PDF Creator, which is already installed on campus lab computers.
- 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.