Sustainabiity: Green Tip of the Month

Green Tip of the Month: Green Computing

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Laptop vs. desktop
Turn off your laptop or any desktop computer not on the campus network when not in use to reduce excess energy consumption and performance degradation. Desktop computers connected to Rockefeller’s backup system should be set to hibernate at night. An active screen saver will prevent a computer from going into hibernation mode, so be sure to disable this feature. Turn off your laptop’s Bluetooth or wireless connections when not in use to conserve the battery charge. Brighter monitors consume more energy, so keep the setting as low as possible.

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Power down
Turn off your laptop or any desktop computer not on the campus network when not in use to reduce excess energy consumption and performance degradation. Desktop computers connected to Rockefeller’s backup system should be set to hibernate at night. An active screen saver will prevent a computer from going into hibernation mode, so be sure to disable this feature. Turn off your laptop’s Bluetooth or wireless connections when not in use to conserve the battery charge. Brighter monitors consume more energy, so keep the setting as low as possible.

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Printer friendly
Set type in documents with lower density fonts, like Garamond or Ryman Eco, that require less ink to print. Consider editing documents in software applications like Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat instead of marking up a printout. If you need to print a document, choose “Print on Both Sides” to save paper. Conserve color inks by changing the default setting to black and white whenever possible. And, avoid including nonessential photos when printing documents off the Web.

Did You Know?

Battery Recycling

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program has set up green computing criteria, and compliance with these requirements earns systems the Energy Star label. To gain Energy Star compliance, computers must use an energy-efficient power supply, operate efficiently in power saving modes (standby/off, sleep and idle modes), and also provide power management features.