Green Computing Initiative

What is Green Computing?

Green is used in everyday language to refer to environmentally sustainable activities. Green computing encompasses policies, procedures, and personal computing practices associated with any use of information technology (IT). People employing sustainable or green computing practices strive to minimize green house gases and waste, while increasing the cost effectiveness of IT, such as computers, local area networks and data centres.

More directly it means using computers in ways that save the environment, save energy and save money.

Does my computer pollute?

It may. Computers can harm the environment and cost you money in a variety of ways. For example, if you have an old CRT monitor, an older computer, or if your computer is not set to use power wisely, it may pollute.

Yet there are things you can do. See below.

The U of A doesn't pollute, does it?

It does, and IT is partially to blame.

Universities likely produce more carbon dioxide emissions than the aviation industry, and about one third to one half of those emissions come from IT (see Green IT/Broadband and Cyber-Infrastructure for more details).

IT-related pollution at the U of A is caused by many of the reasons individuals' home computers pollute.

So, some of this can be prevented, and money can be saved, by following the same advice.

Okay, so what can I do?

There are steps you can take to save money, and protect the environment.

They involve buying environmentally friendly and energy efficient computers, setting your computer's power management appropriately, using your computer responsibly, and recycling.

See Things you can do for more details.