OIT’s Green Actions

OIT works in partnership with the  University Sustainability Office, Facilities Operations and others on campus to advance campus sustainability efforts. Here is a list of some of our recent efforts.


How Green is (O)IT? – Executive Summary (Includes overview of Green IT Initiatives recommended by EDUCAUSE)
How Green is (O)IT? – full report, December 2009

Campus Environmental Sustainability Team (CEST)

Darren Fallis – Staff Senate Representative


CEST Working Groups

OIT representation:

Proposed OIT contributions to upcoming NC State Climate Action Plan (CAP)


Act as model and source of “Green IT” best practices for campus

Example: Integrate sustainability and climate impact assessment criteria into OIT project management/service management documentation and reports (including annual reports)


Pursue ongoing improvements in power usage effectiveness of OIT-operated Data Centers:


  • Seek Energy Star Certification for OIT-operated data centers (EPA to publish criteria in spring 2010)
  • Decommission legacy mainframe
  • Continue server virtualization efforts where feasible
  • Expand “Islands of Improvement” project to enhance cooling and other efficiencies

Encourage use of power management strategies for information and communication technologies (ICT) campus wide


  • Enhance power management of classroom technologies (ICT and Audio Visual (AV) equipment)
  • Work with campus IT groups to deploy automated power management strategies on managed desktops monitors and printers on campus
  • Advertise Green IT power management strategies and FAQs for student-owned computers and other non-managed computers on campus (see Green IT Tips).


Work with Purchasing and other departments to promote green purchasing for ICT and other equipment

Example: Work with College IT directors and Purchasing to promote EPEAT/Energy Star purchasing of servers, computers, monitors, printers [Note that OIT also purchases EPEAT/Energy Star rated servers, computers, monitors, printers; not all ICT and AV equipment has these ratings or power-saving design features – yet.]


Deploy technologies that reduce the need for transportation


  • Expand use of virtual private network (VPN), remote access and other services to support telework as viable alternative to office work for staff and faculty
  • Include video conference and international phone calls in “unified communications” planning for campus to enable effective alternatives face-to-face meetings off-campus.
  • Promote use of NC State’s Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) as alternative to travel to campus

Waste Reduction & Recycling

Encourage practices that extend the life of ICT equipment; deploy technologies and procedures that can reduce the consumption and waste of paper and other materials.


  • Expand practice of transferring computers and peripherals for reuse by other departments (as is already done with equipment from OIT-supported student computing labs), instead of surplusing usable equipment
  • Deploy new document imaging system (Hershey) to greatly reduce need for paper-based business processes;
  • Promote a general “print less” mentality on campus
  • Order equipment in “multipacks” when possible and encourage vendors to reduce packaging waste

Academics and Research

Support campus efforts to support sustainability awareness and research


  • Enhance work with Sustainability Office to promote sustainability and Green IT best practices among NC State students and others.
  • Publicize list of research projects supported by Advanced Computing’s High Performance Computing (HPC) program that address sustainability and climate impact mitigation.