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Greener computing

Get involved with sustainability efforts at SkidmoreGreen computing is the environmentally responsible use of computers and related resources. Such practices include the implementation of energy-efficient computers and peripherals as well as reduced resource consumption and proper disposal of electronic waste. 

  • Power down your computer and all peripherals during extended periods of inactivity.
  • Use a thumb drive or \\datastor folders to transfer files, rather than burning them onto CD or DVD.
  • Try to do computer-related tasks during contiguous, intensive blocks of time, leaving hardware off at other times.
  • Power up and power down energy-intensive peripherals such as laser printers according to need.
  • Use LCD monitors rather than older CRT monitors.
  • Use notebook computers rather than desktop computers whenever possible.
  • Use the power-management features to turn off hard drives and displays after several minutes of inactivity.
  • Minimize the use of paper and properly recycle waste paper.
  • Dispose of e-waste according to federal, state and local regulations.
  • Employ alternative energy sources for your computing needs wherever possible (for example, solar-powered rechargers, etc.)