Green IT

UW-Madison’s Office of the CIO is working with campus partners to reduce the carbon footprint of information technology use. We launched our Red, White & Green campaign to educate UW faculty, staff and students on the importance of sustainable computing and how each of us can make our campus greener.

Please visit our site regularly for the latest news in sustainable technology, "green" tips, and upcoming events.

Overall goal: Reduce the carbon footprint of information technology use.

Strategic areas of focus

  1. Personal devices/LANs – server consolidation, desktop virtualization, LCD monitors, ENERGY STAR purchases, intelligent power strips, sleep mode, turning off, etc.
  2. Electronic waste – recycling electronic equipment, etc.
  3. Using computers to reduce carbon footprint – instructional technology, telecommuting, electronic submission of course assignments, etc.
  4. Data Centers – server consolidation, co-location facilities, room environmental (cooling, layout, etc.), etc. Stay tuned for details on this focus area.

15 tips for greener computing

  1. Start with something simple – reduce your energy consumption by turning off your computer and monitor when you aren’t using them!
  2. Configure and enable the power management features on your computer to enter sleep-mode or power-down automatically.
  3. Never leave your computer running overnight or on the weekends.
  4. Be as paperless as possible – review and modify documents on the screen and use print preview.
  5. Read and save e-mails on your computer to avoid needless printing of e-mail messages.
  6. Send e-mails instead of faxes or send faxes directly from your computer to eliminate the need for a hard copy.
  7. If printing drafts is necessary, use a smaller font and decrease the spacing between lines to use less paper.
  8. Save used paper for scratch paper or to print drafts on their backside.
  9. Use a printer that can print double-sided documents and make double-sided copies.
  10. Always buy 100% post-consumer recycled content paper.
  11. Recycle, recycle, recycle! Always recycle waste paper, and request recycled or recyclable packaging from your computer vendor.
  12. Properly dispose of used ink and toner cartridges.
  13. Look for ENERGY STAR-certified products when purchasing computer technology, as they tend to be 65% more energy efficient compared to other brands.
  14. Consider purchasing an ink-jet printer for low-volume printing. Laser printers use 80-90% more energy than ink-jet printers.
  15. Bring old computers, printers, and computer accessories to the DoIT Help Desk to be recycled and avoid causing harm to the environment!