Strategies for “Green Computing” at NMU
ETRPC – April 2009
The TLC Initiative has had a tremendously positive effect on NMU in many respects, however, the 10,000+ computers on our campus also consume a considerable amount of energy. The following suggestions can help to minimize the environmental and financial impact of technology use on the NMU campus.
- Turn your computer off at night and on the weekends. Contrary to popular belief, this will not have a negative impact on the useful life of your hardware, and the overall energy and cost savings are substantial.
- Leave your computer off in the morning until you are ready to begin working.
- Enable Power Management Features. Set your computer to Standby or Hibernate when not in use during the day. This is much better than simply using a screen saver - screen savers do not save energy.
- Turn off all peripheral devices (scanners, personal printers, speakers, etc.) when not in use.
- Use email instead of faxes and/or campus mail whenever possible.
- Review draft copies of documents on your screen instead of printing a hard copy.
- Print on recycled paper (100% post consumer recycled content is best).
- Take advantage of double-sided printing when possible.
- Recycle computer supplies (discs, paper, computer components, printer cartridges, etc.).
For additional suggestions, please visit the following “green computing” web sites: