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Blueprint for Green Computing

  1. 1. BLUEPRINT FOR GREEN COMPUTING John Thompson, PhD Buffalo State College
  2. 2. Agenda 1. Three suggestions 2. Energy & cost saving tips 3. More suggestions 4. Energy calculators 4. Final recommendations NOTE: This PowerPoint presentation is found at authorSTREAM.com – http://tinyurl.com/cwetnx Dr. John Thompson – Blueprint for Green Computing eSeminar
  3. 3. Warm-up Question Who said this quotation? When? “I‟d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don‟t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” Ralph Nader A. George Bush B. Al Gore C. Thomas Edison D. Barack Obama E. Dr. John Thompson – Blueprint for Green Computing eSeminar
  4. 4. Warm-up Question Who said this quotation? When? “I‟d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don‟t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” A. Ralph Nader B. George Bush C. Al Gore Thomas Edison…in 1931 D. E. Barack Obama Dr. John Thompson – Blueprint for Green Computing eSeminar
  5. 5. Three Suggestions • Power management • E-mail • Online Dr. John Thompson – Blueprint for Green Computing eSeminar
  6. 6. Power Management Keep computers & printers turned off   Search on “PC shutdown software” for solutions  E.g., BigFix Power Management & Faronics Power Save When not in use, turn off the juice. Set low power quot;sleepquot; mode   Can still download & install updates & perform other routine maintenance tasks  Wake on LAN (WoL) Dr. John Thompson – Blueprint for Green Computing eSeminar
  7. 7. Power Management Reduce time before entering sleep mode  Disable screen saver  Turn off components at end of day   Prevent “vampire powerquot; or “phantom load” Dr. John Thompson – Blueprint for Green Computing eSeminar
  8. 8. Power Management Replace CRT monitor with an LCD monitor  Connect system to a power strip & turn off strip  after shutting down computer Plug laptop‟s AC adapter into power strip  Use a smart power strip  Dr. John Thompson – Blueprint for Green Computing eSeminar
  9. 9. E-mail Use e-mail to minimize paper use  Add:  Please consider the environment: Do  you really need to print this e-mail? Put entire message in subject line (“eom”)  Outsource organization‟s e-mail to Google  Gmail Use mobile device to check e-mail  Dr John Thompson – Blueprint for Green Computing eSeminar
  10. 10. Online Increase use of the Internet and your Web site  Place information on Web pages, wikis and blogs  instead of making paper copies Online courses consume nearly 90% less  energy & produce 85% fewer CO2 emissions – 2005 report Uses less paper than traditional classroom  Ex. - Online course evals instead of paper  Assign online texts or Internet sites   Use course management systems Ex. - Blackboard, ANGEL  Dr. John Thompson – Blueprint for Green Computing eSeminar
  11. 11. Online Use desktop Web conferencing to reduce trips  Ex. - WiZiQ, Dimdim, WebEx, Elluminate  Telecommute or use VPN connection  Online subscriptions instead of print  Dr. John Thompson – Blueprint for Green Computing eSeminar
  12. 12. Other Tips Energy Savers Pull the Printing Inkjet Recycle plug docs printers Dr. John Thompson – Blueprint for Green Computing eSeminar
  13. 13. Why Recycle? Over 130,000 PCs discarded by US homes &  businesses…each day Less than 10% of electronics are recycled  Takes about a gallon of oil to make a new laser toner  cartridge Est. 50 million tons of e-waste is generated globally each  year What you can do at tech‟s end-of-life   Re-purpose  Donate  Recycle through your manufacturer  Third party recycler Dr. John Thompson – Blueprint for Green Computing eSeminar
  14. 14. Printing Considerations Econo/ Black & Font size Margins Draft mode white E-mail or More than Edit on Recycle Internet USB drive one page screen cartridges Sites or cloud per sheet
  15. 15. More Printing Savings Use print preview and “shrink to fit”  Only print the selection you need  Duplex printing (both sides)  Use http://www.greenpdf.com/  Track your savings with GreenPrint  Dr. John Thompson – Blueprint for Green Computing eSeminar
  16. 16. Inkjet Printers Use 80-90% less energy than laser printers   Example: HP 4V laser printer  Printer power consumption HP 4V – 28-110 watts standby, 380 watts printing  HP 4315 Officejet All-in-One – 18 watts maximum  vs. Switch to draft mode to increase printing speed  Dr. John Thompson – Blueprint for Green Computing eSeminar
  17. 17. Other Suggestions Purchase green – Design RFPs & purchasing  practices favoring/requiring energy-efficient (Energy Star & Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool - EPEAT) technology  Federal agencies required to purchase at least 95% of EPEAT registered products in all relevant electronic product categories Join ENERGY STAR Low Carbon IT Campaign  Dr. John Thompson – Blueprint for Green Computing eSeminar
  18. 18. More Suggestions Change your subscriptions to online – not paper –  use SnagIt or SnipIt type programs to grab/save info Optimize computer performance  Decrease screen brightness  Change from XP to Vista  Consider laptops over desktops  Install energy monitoring software – e.g., Edison  Have a professional energy assessment  Dr. John Thompson – Blueprint for Green Computing eSeminar
  19. 19. Energy Calculators HP's Carbon Footprint Calculator  Nortel Energy Efficiency Calculator  CO2 Saver  Forrester's online green IT baseline calculator  SUNY Learning Network  Distance Learning Calculator Dr. John Thompson – Blueprint for Green Computing eSeminar
  20. 20. Final Recommendations Dr. John Thompson – Blueprint for Green Computing eSeminar
  21. 21. Final Recommendations Pick all the low hanging fruit  Small changes make big difference  Conduct energy assessment  Set baseline…& measure, measure, measure  Dr. John Thompson – Blueprint for Green Computing eSeminar
  22. 22. Final Recommendations Pick all the low hanging fruit  Small changes make big difference  Conduct energy assessment  Set baseline…& measure, measure, measure  Strive to achieve TBL – triple bottom line  Economic  Save $$ while helping Environmental  protect the environment and Social  doing what’s right for society. Dr. John Thompson – Blueprint for Green Computing eSeminar
  23. 23. Final Question When do you need to start walking the talk on green computing? As soon as I get back to work A. Tomorrow B. Next Monday C. Today D. Not sure E. Dr. John Thompson – Blueprint for Green Computing eSeminar
  24. 24. Final Question When do you need to start walking the talk on green computing? As soon as I get back to work A. Tomorrow B. Next Monday C. Today D. Not sure E. Make the commitment… - Personally & organizational Dr. John Thompson – Blueprint for Green Computing eSeminar
  25. 25. Presenter John Thompson, PhD Associate Professor Computer Information Systems Department Chase 208 Buffalo State College 1300 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, NY 14222 716.878.3531 thompsjt@buffalostate.edu NOTE: This PowerPoint presentation is found at authorSTREAM.com – http://tinyurl.com/cwetnx Dr. John Thompson – Blueprint for Green Computing eSeminar
  26. 26. Additional Resources “What „Being Green‟ Means to the Bottom Line”  Webinar Vampire Power: Real World Green video  Explaining Green Computing video  Lowering Computer Power Consumption video  FAQ: Desktop virtualization article  Remember… Charity may begin at home, but green computing begins at the desktop. Dr. John Thompson – Blueprint for Green Computing eSeminar

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