No figures on existing emissions or ewaste are given and no targets are set, so the USQ's commitment to ICT Sustainability is questionable. The document is the equivalent of 2 A4 pages and at 159 kbytes is not efficiently formatted, thus wasting ICT resources.
Strategic areas of focus for ICT Services include:
- Optimise resource usage and reduce waste and inefficient resource application by ensuring that appropriate technologies are chosen to support business requirements.
- Manage resource consumption and demand through consolidation and virtualisation. Specific initiatives include:
- Consolidate servers and manage optimised shared virtual infrastructure;
- Consolidate applications and infrastructure by promoting the use of shared services including cloud computing where appropriate;
- Build and manage more efficient data centers with a PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) rating of less than 2.0 and approaching 1.0;
- Consolidate and reduce the number of computer laboratories to ensure optimal utilisation;
- Consolidate the number of printers in use and replace these with more efficient larger capacity multi-function printing devices;
- Improve the ratio of desktop computers to printer ratio.
- Encourage electronic collaboration through the use of the learning management system, Microsoft
- SharePoint technologies and other collaboration tools which can improve the collaborative effort and effectiveness of all staff and students;
- Implement new computing infrastructures including increased use of mobile devices or thin clients, as replacements for more intensive, less flexible computing devices.
- Safe and responsible disposal and recycling of ICT equipment and eWaste (Refer also to ICT Procurement Guidelines);
- Consider energy efficiency in technology selection and acquisition. Improvements in sustainable procurement including procurement of green equipment such as Electronic Product Environmental
- Assessment Tool (EPEATTM)1 registered desktop computers, laptops and monitors or purchasing products with a high ENERGY STAR® 2 and EPEATTM rating;
- Centralisation of ICT procurement, deployment and disposal assists with improving asset management, reuse and recycling across the University;
- Provide alternatives to travel by using remote communication technologies.
What can you do as an individual?
- Minimise energy consumption of idle devices, specifically desktop computers and mobile devices (ie turn off computer equipment when not in use).
- Safe disposal and recycling of ICT equipment and eWaste (Refer also to ICT Procurement Guidelines).
- Reduce unnecessary travel by using remote communication technologies. Reduce unnecessary printing.
Green PrintingThe University continues to investigate a number of specific strategies to reduce the amount of unnecessary printing including:
From: ICT Guideline for Green IT, Executive Director, ICT Services, University of Southern Queensland, 30 October 2012
- All networked printers and multi-function devices are configured (by default) to print duplex.
- Multi-function devices enable greater use of scanning features rather than printing.
- Meeting agendas and associated material are published online to reduce the requirement to print meeting material. ...