Campus Environmental Sustainability Team (CEST)
Darren Fallis – Staff Senate Representative
CEST Working Groups
- Energy and Water
Ronald W. Bradley
- Waste Reduction and Recycling
- Materials and Purchasing
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.