As a result of the "Sustainability Task Force Report to the President," the Office of Sustainability was created and a new energy conservation policy was implemented. This new policy aims to reduce energy use and utility costs.
Computer Services is partnering with the Office of Sustainability to support the University's efforts to create and maintain an environmentally responsible community. These efforts include:
- Implementing power management
Power management features have been activated on PC computers* on the Temple and TU domains. Power management reduces power consumption and, therefore, effectively decreases energy costs as well as carbon emissions.
*Non-Windows systems, such as Macintosh computers, are not included.
- Decreasing paper usage
Duplex (double-sided) printing is the default setting in numerous computer labs including the TECH Center, Tuttleman Learning Center, Ritter Hall, Pearson Hall, Ambler Learning Center, and Fort Washington. Additional locations will be added in the near future.
- Purchasing recycled-content computer paper
Effective September 11, 2009, University policy mandates that all purchased copy paper must contain at least 30% recycled waste. Recycled-content products are rebuilt from used products or made from materials that would have been discarded, such as aluminum cans or newspaper.
Note: In TUmarketplace, under Alpha Office Supply, 30% recycled-content computer paper is listed as item number 492072.
- Recycling University equipment
The Computer Recycling Center (CRC) serves as the primary aggregator and recycler of surplus electronics and any material that is related to electronics. The CRC was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as one of the recipients of the Environmental Achievement Award for the mid-Atlantic region.