INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ENERGY SAVINGS
1. Where can we save the most? Assess and Measure; Set Goals
2. How can we save in those areas? Recommended Practices
3. Let’s do some saving: Implement through Design/Selection/Configuration/Education
4. How did we do? This process is not a single run-through but is a continuous activity. Loop back to first step.
Because computer energy saving methods have an impact upon system updates, virus scans, backups and general functioning, users must receive direction from their individual unit IT administrators. The opportunity for campus-wide recommendations is at the unit IT administrator level. Once these recommendations are made, each IT administrator should decide whether it makes sense to implement them for their unit. In short: Your unit IT leader will provide direction about what you should do to reduce your computer’s energy use.
CAMPUS-WIDE DIRECTIVE: UWG Information Technology (IT) administrators will consider and implement energy saving as part of the IT management processes. These processes include, but are not limited to: Selection and Purchase; Installation/Configuration; Assessment; and User Education. Equipment involved includes: Computer Systems, Printers, Copiers, Scanners, Fax Machines, Multi-Function Devices, and other computer peripherals.
SUGGESTED INITIAL APPROACH
Assess Impact: Assess or at least identify rough measures that indicate where to focus energies to realize the greatest benefit in energy savings.
Set Goals: Based upon the impact assessment, set goals for achieving increased energy savings.
Establish Recommended Practices: Based upon a cost/benefit analysis, determine, record and implement recommended practices for achieving the goals. Note that there may be multiple approaches to achieving a particular goal.
Educate: Develop and implement an educational program to ensure these practices are put into use by staff/faculty/students and by system administrators. Educate both end users and IT staff.
Lead: Provide leadership to all campus units in the area of IT energy savings practices.