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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. This reduces energy consumption and increases the bulb's lifecycle.

Energy Saver Settings 

University owned computers are, by default, set to utilize the power saving settings. All lab computers, if not in use, are set to shutdown at midnight. To enable these settings on personal computers, Windows and Macs, please 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 establishes 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. This allows IT to implement more efficient technologies and to reduce waste by re-using and re-purposing learning space components.

Public Printing

IT and Thelmo collaborated on an initiative to reduce paper and toner waste by establishing the SLU Public Printing service.