Main Nav

IT Greening and Sustainability Discussion Session - NOTES (MWRC09)

Meeting:        IT Greening and Sustainability: What’s your Carbon Footprint?

When:               Wednesday 24 March 2009, 3:30 — 4:30

Where:              MWRC, Chicago IL

Facilitator:         Joel Cooper, Director of IT Services, Carleton College

Notes provided by Mark Walbert

1.       Exchange ideas…

1.1. Gartner: IT produces as much CO2 as airline industry

1.2. One server produces as much CO2 as a Hummer…

1.3. Production… Use … Disposal

1.4. Get Balakrishnan and Spicer 2008 ECAR Research Bulletin “magic quadrant” chart on IT and Campus Climate Change.

1.5. Not many schools with a “Sustainability Coordinator” yet…

1.6. What’s going on now on campuses?

1.6.1.        Reduce paper use (time cards, pay invoices, printer consolidation)

1.6.2.        Reduce number of printing output devices (consolidate desktop printing to use copiers)  Duplex printing; B&W only; pay-per-page; print quotas

1.6.3.        Server virtualization…

1.6.4.        Consolidate server centers on campus…

1.6.5.        Consolidate services as well (calendaring, …) in order to reduce server footprint.

1.6.6.        Remove CRTs…

1.6.7.        Recycle computer hardware… Apple and Dell sponsor this… Reuse hardware...

1.6.8.        Trade in old hardware to originally company for (usually small) discount on new hardware

1.6.9.        Donations (for private schools):  Need to track how recipient disposes of hardware…

1.6.10.    Remodel existing data center; or build a new one based on green IT standards…

1.6.11.    Coordinate data center expansion between departments and central IT…

1.6.12.    Each degree higher in temp in data center saves 4% on carbon footprint…

1.6.13.    Video conferencing rather than travel; for new faculty hires as well

1.6.14.    Look at cloud computing…

1.6.15.    Beowulf cluster computing is very energy intensive; move cluster to the Cloud…

1.6.16.    Alternative fuels on campus; solar; geothermal; wind…

1.6.17.    Teleworking, telecommuting...

1.6.18.    Four day workweek…

1.6.19.    Thin clients for staff computers…

1.6.20.    Classroom usage monitoring to better utilize classroom spaces (on Friday…)

1.6.21.    Lab usage of energy can be quite high… Especially science labs…           Use power management on WinOS-based computers and monitors           Motion sensors for lights           Eliminate computer labs…

1.6.22.    Market energy-use consciousness on campus…

1.6.23.    Use LMS to distribute course materials           Encourage students not to print…

1.6.24.    Cradle to Cradle; book by McDonough and Braungart (2002), an architect and chemist, in which they talk about the IT life cycle. Instead of thinking cradle to grave --> cradle to cradle — truly reusing materials in the next edition of the product. 

1.6.25.    Campus lighting to compact fluorescents or LEDs…

1.6.26.    Tap student interest:           RSOs devoted to this?           Internships on green or even green IT usage…           Student-initiated projects…     Composting     Solar oven     Green fuels           Dorm wars - which dorm uses less energy; requires facilities to set up metering;           Tie in to curriculum…

1.6.27.    Recycling projects

1.6.28.    VOIP? (Reduce PBX energy use)

1.6.29.    Single-stream recycling… (one garbage can with separation handled after collection)

1.6.30.    Use water chilled by winter air in campus data centers…

1.6.31.    LEEDs certification of building construction…

1.6.32.    Solar heating for showers in residence halls…


2.       Strategic thinking…

3.       Where can IT lead?



3.7. Other Web resources


4.       Where can IT help?

4.6. Work with business office

4.7. Publicize what campus is doing to reduce carbon footprint


5.       Actionable items...

6.       Take to campus...

Tags from the EDUCAUSE Library

Tags from the Community



RICOM, Inc., a leading value added reseller, systems integrator and software developer, today announced the rollout of its green IT initiatives, which include a comprehensive buy-back/trade-up program, recycling program and refurbished equipment sales program. RICOM also performs energy consumption audits and green IT consultation services. These programs are offered in response to the overwhelming demand of RICOM customers for a single point of contact for greener IT services and extended return on their investment in capital equipment.

“RICOM’s recycling and buy-back programs offer customers in the United States a simple way to receive cash for their unwanted technology equipment or, if there is no value, recycle it,” stated Richard Stasior, president of RICOM. “Remanufacture and reuse is only one component of the environmental lifecycle. A complete approach to the environment considers all aspects of a product’s lifecycle and footprint of a product. Systems that can be upgraded using refurbished components extend the end date of their use. RICOM offers refurbished components in new products and packaging as an alternative means of cost savings. Hardware asset recovery has value with used equipment trade-in/trade-up, donation and off-lease programs. With 20 years experience in IT sales, refurbishing and recycling operations, we at RICOM believe green is good business.”

Once old equipment is out of the data center or off the network, it is imperative that IT management source replacement equipment with lower power consumption requirements, runs cooler and can support virtualization and other architectures that maximize use of resources, while minimizing energy costs. Taking advantage of RICOM’s energy consumption audits and green IT consultation services can drive down HVAC costs, energy consumption and help maximize data center floor space.

“While environmental stewardship is a driving force, considerable business benefits can also be realized by adopting greener IT practices, including hardware selection, utilization and disposal, virtualization, software-as-a-service (SaaS), and paperless office initiatives,” noted Stasior. “These benefits include extended ROI for equipment, energy savings, reduced carbon footprint and can even enhance workforce efficiency. Our staff is specifically trained to help identify these opportunities for savings and recommend the appropriate changes to meet customers’ needs.”

To find out how RICOM’s green initiatives can help your business recycle responsibly, extend ROI through its buy-back/trade-up program, purchase refurbished equipment or take advantage of its green consulting services, please contact the company at or call 800-997-8008.


RICOM is a technology reseller, systems integrator and software development firm based in Irvine, California. RICOM focuses on a complete range of solutions allowing SMB and Enterprise customers to optimize IT budgets, gain competitive advantage and protect critical digital assets. RICOM makes life simple with a total solution for hardware, software, and services–all through a single point of contact and one monthly invoice for one-stop IT shopping. The company is dedicated to the responsible disposal and reuse of unwanted equipment, and provides a variety of green IT services to support this goal., RICOM’s powerful e-commerce site, allows for easy searching of both new and refurbished systems, storage, networking, software, services, upgrades, options and peripherals. With the company’s technology specialists, RICOM delivers the best solution at the best possible price.


Annual Conference
September 29–October 2
View Proceedings

Events for all Levels and Interests

Whether you're looking for a conference to attend face-to-face to connect with peers, or for an online event for team professional development, see what's upcoming.


Digital Badges
Member recognition effort
Earn yours >

Career Center

Leadership and Management Programs

EDUCAUSE Institute
Project Management



Jump Start Your Career Growth

Explore EDUCAUSE professional development opportunities that match your career aspirations and desired level of time investment through our interactive online guide.


EDUCAUSE organizes its efforts around three IT Focus Areas



Join These Programs If Your Focus Is


Get on the Higher Ed IT Map

Employees of EDUCAUSE member institutions and organizations are invited to create individual profiles.



2014 Strategic Priorities

  • Building the Profession
  • IT as a Game Changer
  • Foundations

Learn More >

Uncommon Thinking for the Common Good™

EDUCAUSE is the foremost community of higher education IT leaders and professionals.