Sustainable Purchasing Policy for Information Technology

  • Moving to LCD monitors on all desktop computers and on thin clients across campus.
  • All PC’s purchased today are Energy Star compliant.
  • All printers and MFP’s purchased or leased today are Energy Star compliant.
  • All power strips/surge suppressors purchased today are Energy Star compliant.
  • Using thin clients (resulting in reduced power consumption and reduced waste) in labs and in the Library.
  • Beginning to move toward VPro automated power management functionality on desktop computers (longer-term objective)
  • Beginning to evaluate virtual desktop technology where appropriate (much larger scale implementation of technology similar to thin clients).
  • Made, and continue to make, a significant investment in server virtualization technology, which results in appreciable reductions in power consumption and waste.
  • Made, and continue to make, significant investment in blade server technology, which results in appreciable reductions in power consumption and waste.
  • New server technologies all result in significant reductions in power consumption.
  • Investments in storage area network (SAN) technology and increased drive capacities enable more data to be stored for the without increasing power consumption.
  • The remote classroom management system shuts down the data projector in all classrooms after 1 hour and 50 minutes of continuous operation.  All of the projectors are automatically cycled off if they are on at 9:30pm each evening.
  • Most classroom technology equipment is repurposed, sold, or recycled after end of life.
  • Most computers and monitors are recycled.
  • All scrap metal is recycled.
  • All scrap wiring is either reused or recycled.