IT

Information Technology (IT) works very closely with other University departments and organizations to leverage IT's capabilities to facilitate sustainability solutions. Some examples of IT's sustainability role include:

  • Alternative Transportation: IT transitioned from a three van operation to one van, two electric golf carts, and three bicycles 
  • Sustainability Purchasing Requirements: All technology requests for proposals (RFPs) require energy efficient technologies (e.g. Energy Star or EPEAT)
  • Projector Management: Classroom projectors are programmed to shut down after intervals of inactivity which reduces energy consumption and increases the bulb's lifecycle
  • Computer Management: All lab computers are set to shut down at midnight unless someone is logged in
  • Energy Saver Settings : University owned computers are, by default, set to utilize the power saving settings (For personal computers, Windows and Macs, please follow use Energy Star's interactive guide)
  • Smart Power Strips: Many desktop computers are connected to smart power strips which automatically shut off other equipment when the computer is shut down
  • Virtual Servers: When possible, IT established virtual servers in the cloud rather than installing and powering physical server hardware
  • Learning Space Modifications: IT is key stakeholder in upgrading learning spaces around campus allowing IT to implement more efficient technologies and to reduce waste by re-using and re-purposing learning space components
  • SLU Public Printing: IT supported a Thelmo initiative to reduce paper and toner waste by establishing the SLU Public Printing service