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Sleeping computers is latest 'Green Paw' initiative

Computers in classroom
Computers in the Information Sciences and Technology classroom at Penn State New Kensington, will go into hibernation 15 minutes after students logoff. A power management system will be installed for all classroom computers.
3/4/2013 —



The “green paw” of Penn State continues to leave an energy-saving footprint at Penn State New Kensington.

A new power management system will be installed to power down idle campus computers after a predetermined time. The new settings will allow monitors and hard drives to go to sleep or go to standby, as early as five minutes if no one is logged-in or 15 minutes if a user is logged-in. The measures are expected to save the campus $56 per computer. Phase I of the University-wide effort will focus on classroom computers.

The initiative is a part of New Kensington’s ongoing sustainability initiatives under the guidance of the campus Green Team. Charged by the chancellor to take specific actions to help the campus operate in a more efficient, innovative, and healthy way, the team has paved the way for the campus to become more environmentally friendly during the past four years by installing water bottle refilling stations and implementing single stream recycling. The hydration stations have decreased the use of plastic bottles and alleviated the amount of trash that winds up in landfills. Single stream recycling allows end-users to discard plastics, paper, and cans into one container.

The campus team operates under the "Green Paw" program of the Penn State Campus Sustainability Office. The office is charged with ensuring that Penn State is ecologically sound, socially responsible, and financially strong, while serving as a living laboratory for global sustainability to educate and serve our students. Penn State has been the leader in sustainability initiatives among colleges and universities. The Sustainability office, established in 2008, promotes and ensures environmentally-safe activity at Penn State. Its initiatives protect and enhance the financial, human, and ecological resources of the University, and the planet.

For more about the “Green Paws” program, visit http://clc.its.psu.edu/UnivServices/SysMan/powermanagement online.

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