Making Refurbished IT Greener


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Presentation to generate discussion at the International Computer Refurbishers Summit 2009. Breakout session held on Wednesday, October 14, 2009.

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  • Making Refurbished IT Greener

    1. 1. October 14, 2009 Making Your Refurbished Computers Greener Facilitator: Anna S. Jaeger Co-Director of GreenTech TechSoup Global [email_address]
    2. 2. Topic and Agenda A discussion of software and techniques you can use to make your refurbished computers even greener and save your clients money. Suggestions Things You Already Do Things Clients Can Do Discussion Questions
    3. 3. Suggestion 1 <ul><li>Set power management – use built in versions or install Verdiem’s Edison : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitor sleep after 5 min </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hard drives to sleep after 15 min </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>System Sleep after 20 min </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Suggestion 2 <ul><li>Install GreenPrint or FinePrint </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free print management software will likely save your clients money by reducing the printing of unintended pages. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More info on our blog . </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Suggestion 3 <ul><li>If you load office software, set defaults </li></ul><ul><ul><li>double-sided printing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>margins of 0.7 inches all the way around </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Suggestion 4 <ul><li>Design and distribute thin-client setup with server and 4-5 thin-client desktops. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good for labs, public access computers and light-weight office use (browsers, accessing hosted applications, etc.) </li></ul></ul>Image: Peter Campbell, Techcafeteria, 2008
    7. 7. Suggestion 5 <ul><li>Offer take back programs or point them to the manufacturers’ take back programs. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>apply stickers with the information or include in an information sheet. </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Things You Probably Do Already <ul><li>Wipe hard drives instead of crushing them </li></ul><ul><li>Pair desktops with LCD monitors not CRTs </li></ul><ul><li>What else? </li></ul>
    9. 9. Things Clients Can Do <ul><li>Install MS Server 2008 with Hyper-V to create virtualized servers or virtual desktop servers. NPOs & libraries can get the data center version from for $120? </li></ul><ul><li>Install GreenPrint or FinePrint . They are free and will likely save users money by reducing the printing of unintended pages. </li></ul><ul><li>Come to to find other tips and suggestions. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Questions for You <ul><li>Energy star stickers: If they were previously removed, can you put on new ones? If you can, do you? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is entirely legal for you to search on http:// and say in signage or that these models are energy star compliant. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Printers, copiers and multi-function devices: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can you set the default to double-sided printing? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can you pre-set the sleep settings? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you replace the toner cartridges with refilled ones or new ones? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What else can you do? </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. What Else? <ul><li>Are there other steps you can take to make your refurbished computers greener? </li></ul>