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ITD "Get Green" Campaign

ITD Get Green CampaignITD is committed to helping the University of Limerick meet its aim to become an accredited Green Campus. 

What are we doing to help meet these goals?

IT Equipment Disposal: Under the ITD Equipment Management Procedure - ITD on behalf of UL donates most of its used computer hardware to Camara (a registered charity that reuses donated used pcs for distribution to worthy causes). Any such equipment donated to Camara by UL has its hard drive data erased to US Dept of Defence standard 5220.22M and NIST 800-88. 
Please follow the link, complete Fixed Asset Disposal Form, and attach to equipment.  http://www.ulsites.ul.ie/itd/hardware

PrintIT and Department Printing Services: ITD are encouraging centralised printing services for Departments within the University. Our suppliers provide the printer and services on a price per page model. This is a more effective way of managing print services within departments as it reduces the number of types of printer’s, parts and ink cartridges that are bought to maintain the services thus reducing costs and energy consumption. Our pricing model for printing encourages student and staff to use Black and white ink where possible. All printing is set to Duplex printing as standard on all mono printers.
We also have introduced printer staff accounts to our department. This has significantly reduced the number of unwanted pages printed as staff have to key in at the printer for printing and collection. Printing has reduced over the years across campus with more of the campus staff now actively scanning and emailing. 

Data Centre Energy Management: ITD within our data centres are replacing Physical servers with Virtual Servers where possible. One single host server with dual power supply has the capacity to contain 10 virtual servers sharing the same processor and ram resources designed for maximum energy efficiency and minimum environmental impact.
ITD Computer Labs Energy Efficiency Study: ITD have a current project in place, which consists of a feasibility study on Energy Saving methods within the ITD computer labs. This study will review all the challenges and user impact on planned power-downs and wakeups on Labs during out of hours with a view to optimising the power saving settings. Controlled testing will also be a part of this study and will take place out of term. 

Online Learning Tool: Sulis is the name that UL has adopted for Sakai, our common learning management system.  Sulis is a set of software tools designed to help lecturers, tutors and students have spaces (web sites) for collaboration, communication, teaching and learning. It can be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection. The provision of our online learning reduces travel requirements and the need for printed materials for our students.

What can you do to help play a part? 

  • Turn off  computer monitors, printers and other peripherals when not in use as Turning off equipment when leaving a room even for ten minutes can make a significant energy saving      
  • Share digital copies of documentation via email or file shares rather than printing it out
  • Bring a laptop or other mobile device to meetings instead of printing things out or having to write notes on paper
  • Make use of videoconferencing facilities to reduce travel
  • If you must print, a document be sure to print in duplex, on both sides of the page. Always “Print Preview” before printing and then choose which pages you really want e.g. some web pages are made up of different frames (boxes) and each prints on a separate page.  Most printers have this functionality and you can set this within printer settings.
  • Recycle your old printouts
  • Buy the right equipment - laptops use much less energy than powerful desktop computers
  • Buy equipment that will last - the manufacturing process accounts for 70% of the natural resources used in a PCs lifetime