Binghamton University's Information Technology Services Department has implemented a number of green-computing projects to save money and protect the environment. These include:
Implemented a campus-wide computer equipment recycling program for desktops, laptops, monitors, servers, cables, keyboards, printers, copiers, audio speakers, communications equipment and more. Since May 2008, we have recycled 200+ skids of equipment (a skid contains roughly 72 cubic feet of equipment).
Virtualized more than 50 Intel servers and removed them from the network.
Outsourced e-mail to Google Apps Education Edition.
Reduced the number of active air conditioning units in the main machine room from 5 to 4, and the number of active air conditioning units in the Watson School server farm (G03B) from 2 to 1. We also raised the air conditioning temperature from 66 degrees to 74 degrees.
We use outside air to cool the machine room when possible and improved air flow in the main machine room by plugging holes in the raised floor to balance air pressure so it moves around the room more efficiently. We also implemented environmental monitoring in the machine room.
Added filler panels to the racks to improve air flow to properly cool equipment, resulting in the elimination of two floor fans at an estimated savings of $300 per year per fan.
Reduced demands for printing reports for administrative systems by converting reports to electronic formats.
Installed the following materials in the main machine room:
Perforated floor tiles in server farm area
Flexible baffling under the raised floor to seal cold air leakage and direct cold air to proper locations
Hot aisle containment curtains in server farm to exhaust hot air back to a/c units and eliminate mixing cold and hot air back into machine room
Duct work in the machine room to bring in outside air for cooling
Reduce paper consumption campus wide
Research network tools that will enable sleep settings for computers in pods and labs
Evaluate alternative energy sources
Create a university wide printing campaign to reduce paper and toner consumption
Review air temperature requirements for servers located in the main machine room
Replace older servers with new energy efficient models
Expand environmental monitoring; closely watch humidity levels in machine room
Investigate the value of implementing an enterprise wide fax server to reduce faxing costs
Develop a university wide campaign to reduce PC power consumption
Virtualize unix servers
Research cloud computing alternatives
Evaluate possiblity of moving external departmental servers to a centralized site for improved power management and efficiency
Power management starts working when you stop working. To conserve power, it's recommended that you:
Turn off your screen saver
Set monitors to enter sleep mode after 5-20 minutes of inactivity
Set computer to enter into standby, hibernate or sleep mode after 15-60 minutes of inactivity
Turn off your computer at night, on weekends and when you're on vacation
Review your PC power management settings and use the ones that work for you
You'll find more power management recommendations, instructions on how to activate settings and how turn off your screen saver at https://sites.google.com/a/binghamton.edu/go-green/home/pc-power-management. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the ITS Help Desk at 607-777-6420.
EZ Wizard, a tool to easily enable power management features on your monitor and computer for Windows XP
Print duplex whenever possible
Proof or preview documents online before printing
Avoid printing e-mails to simply read them
Use electronic versions of documents when possible
Share documents electronically using Google Docs, Blackboard or e-mail
Reuse paper that has only been printed on one side
Think before you print
How much energy do computers use? Helpful information on how much energy computers use.
NYSERDA New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Binghamton University's policies and procedures for proper disposal of state-owned computer equipment (see note IV. G.)
Last Updated: 6/24/13