Why is recycling e-waste important?
E-waste may contain hazardous materials (lead, mercury, cadmium) that can contaminate our soil and drinking water. Many devices can be refurbished for use, and by reusing electronics until they are truly obsolete, the need for scarce raw materials is reduced. Older electronics contain many materials (plastics, metals, glass) that can be reclaimed and reused to make new products.
IU departments and units can find out more about e-waste recycling at IU here: https://kb.iu.edu/d/amdw
More information about recycling electronics is available through the IU Office of Sustainability: https://sustain.iu.edu/resources/index.html
Computers, TVs, cellphones. All of these devices require electricity. By taking action to reduce the amount of energy our electronics consume, we can reduce both our energy costs and the harmful emissions like CO2 that are produced when fossil fuels are burned.
Tips to reduce energy
- Buy a laptop or tablet instead of a desktop. Desktop systems use more energy.
- Remove screensavers and put your monitor to sleep or turn it off instead.
- Enable power management settings on your computer. Set your monitor to sleep after 10 minutes or less of inactivity. Set your computer to sleep after 20 minute or less of inactivity.
- Use a "smart strip" to plug in your electronics controlled as a system like a desktop CPU, monitor, and printer. The smart strip will turn off all the peripherals when the master device is turned off.
- Unplug devices when they are not in use. Many devices like TVs continue to draw a small amount of power when they are in standby mode even when they are turned off.
Why reconsider printing?
By reducing our printing, we lessen its negative environmental effects that include deforestation, reductions in biodiversity, erosion, the release of harmful emissions that affect air quality and contribute to climate change, and the amount of chemical waste produced, energy used, and water consumed.
The true economic cost of printing also extends beyond the cost of copy paper. Printing requires ink, maintenance of printers and copiers, dedicated filing and storage space, the purchase of postage, and the labor costs associated with all of these activities.
If you are a department or unit representative and interested in learning more about ways to reduce printing, please visit the IU Print website: https://print.iu.edu/
If you are a student interested in your printing options at IU visit this KB: https://kb.iu.edu/d/aouh
Client and desktop virtualization allow departments and units to reduce their footprint by purchasing smaller, lighter weight devices that consume less energy. This can have an environmental impact on energy consumption and infrastructure for device management, as well as an economic benefit by purchasing lower cost devices.
Here are some resources related to virtualization that are currently available:
IU anyWare: https://uits.iu.edu/iuanyware
Office 365 at IU: https://uits.iu.edu/office365
Google at IU: https://uits.iu.edu/google
If you are and IT Unit and interested in learning more about client and/or desktop virtualization, please feel free to reach out to ITCP at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help your unit connect with the proper teams.