Binghamton University's Information Technology Services Department has implemented a number of green-computing projects to save money and protect the environment.
- 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).
- Reduced the number of air conditioning units in the main machine room and the Watson School server farm and raised the temperature from 66˚ to 74˚.
- In the machine room, we improved airflow, implemented environmental monitoring and use outside air for cooling whenever possible.
- Converted reports to electronic formats to reduce demands for printing.
- Replaced older servers with energy-efficient models.
- Developed and implemented a University-wide campaign to reduce PC power consumption.
- Moved external departmental servers to a centralized site for improved power management and efficiency.
- 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 in the main machine room
- Investigate the implementation of an enterprise wide fax server to reduce faxing costs
- Virtualize Unix servers
- Research cloud computing alternatives