8 Easy Tips for Greening Your Library's IT


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8 Easy Tips for Greening Your Library's IT

  1. 1. 8 Easy Tips to Green Your Library and Save $$$ Amigos Going Green at Your Library 2 Nov. 2010
  2. 2. TechSoupforLibraries.org FREE content FREE events FREE resources DONATED Products (save 80-90%) +
  3. 3. GreenTech: www.techsoup.org/greentech Mission: GreenTech promotes technology and practices that reduce the environmental impact and carbon footprint of nonprofits, NGOs, and libraries worldwide.
  4. 4. Let’s find out a bit about you.
  5. 5. 1. Use sleep settings Flickr user: stuant33 Why it’s green: dramatically cuts the amount of electricity your computers uses Free and easy: save $60/year per computer Monitor/display sleep: Turn off after 15 minutes or less. Turn off hard drives/hard disk sleep: 15 minutes or less. System standby/sleep: After 30 minutes or less.
  6. 6. 2. Buy smart strips Why it’s green: turns off power of computers and peripherals when not in use to save energy. Inexpensive and easy: $20 to $30 per computer. They pay for themselves within a few months. How to do it: purchase and plug in Flickr user: villagelinca
  7. 7. 3. Print double-sided Flickr user: Walter Parenteau Why it’s green: significantly reduces the amount of paper you buy and also waste. Free* and easy: it could mean changing a setting to duplex OR *buying* new printer
  8. 8. 4. Use an online fax service MyFax (donation through TechSoup Global) GreenFax efax Why it’s green: largely paperless and doesn’t require any additional hardware, ink, or toner. Easy: Sign up, pay, and start using it. Cost: $25-$200/year Flickr user: Jeremy Brooks
  9. 9. 5. Buy EPEAT rated equipment Why it’s green: rated equipment uses less power, has reduced toxic materials (like lead and mercury), and is more easily recyclable than conventional equipment. Free AND easy How to do it: Visit www.epeat.net and search for the highest-rated technology toxics reduction * recycled content and recyclability * product longevity end-of-life management * energy efficiency packaging * corporate responsibility
  10. 10. 6. Buy refurbished computers Flickr user: lungstruck Why it’s green: extends the life of computers; 75 percent of PC energy consumption has already happened before a new computer is switched on. Inexpensive & easy: refurbished computers are 50% less expensive Microsoft Registered Refurbisher Program Worldwide Directory TechSoup RCI Program
  11. 11. 7. Get in the cloud Flickr user: Librarian by Day Why it’s green: Decreases the amount of IT infrastructure that an office needs because computing power is shared and concentrated more in high efficiency data centers and less in the millions of office computer networks. Mostly free and easy: many cloud services have a free version.Google docs * doodle.com * skype * IM
  12. 12. 8. Recycle your old technology Flickr user: cizauskas Why it’s green: Computers contain many toxic materials that pollute the environment if not properly recovered. Free or inexpensive: Computer recycling is free in about half the US states and costs $10 to $20 per computer in states that don’t have e- recycling systems How to do it: visit www.earth911.com
  13. 13. Let’s hear from you Questions? www.TechSoupForLibraries.org www.TechSoup.org/GreenTech Sarah Washburn Sarah@techsoupglobal.org Jim Lynch jlynch@techsoupglobal.org