Technology Services (TS) supports sustainability in several ways. Examples include:
Responsible handling of electronic equipment is critical in order to minimize the university’s impact on the environment. TS purchases campus computers from Dell and Apple. Both companies are known for adhering to sustainable, environmentally responsible practices and standards which apply for the life of their computers, from design, production, and packaging to recycling after the machine’s useful life has ended.
Dell vigorously upholds the highest standards for corporate environmental responsibility. To that end, Dell supported a multi-stakeholder group in developing the Electronics Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT). All Dell computers purchased by the university meet the EPEAT standard (most at the Gold level, a few at the Silver or Bronze levels).
Dell also banned the export of their electronic waste to developing nations. They offer a strong trade-in program for used equipment. Dell focuses in every way on being environmentally and ethically responsible corporate stewards.
Apple focuses on a comprehensive strategy for their machines, with specific goals for each phase of product development, use, and disposal. Every computer Apple sells has earned the highest rating of EPEAT Gold.
All electronic waste on the Puget Sound campus is recycled in one of the following ways:
GreenPC Electronic Recycling is a certified member of the State of Washington’s E-Cycle Washington Program, which has strict requirements regarding disposal of electronic waste as outlined in state code. The state also maintains a list of approved e-waste collectors.
By employing virtualization technology for servers and desktops, Technology Services promotes sustainability while also improving services! Just one virtual server can host services that once required multiple machines, thus reducing the power needed to run and cool the university’s physical servers.
Through PrintGreen, instituted in Fall 2012, students were allotted 750 free prints each semester - an amount that the majority of students did not exceed based on past usage records. Now, as of Fall 2017, students are allotted 2250 print credits for the entire academic year including summer semester. After 2250 prints, a student pays 10 cents per print. The ultimate goal of PrintGreen is to provide students with better information on the environmental impact of their printing and to promote the sustainable use of campus resources. See more about PrintGreen.
TS works to provide venues which allow many paper-based activities to move online, including:
Recycling bins are placed prominently in all computing labs, Print & Copy Services, and TS offices.
Follow these ten tips for going green at your computer: