Sustainable IT

In an effort to dispose of equipment and other materials in an environmentally responsible manner, the ITS Department is involved in the following recycling activities:

  • Organizing an annual E-Recycle Day each May for the proper disposal of equipment, owned personally by members of the Detroit Mercy community, to an EPA approved recycler. 
  • Establishing institutional recycling of all unusable equipment to an EPA approved recycler.
  • Ensuring that all ITS printer cartridges are returned to be properly recycled. 
  • Recycling any excess paper from student computer lab printers.
  • Transporting hazardous material, such as projection bulbs and UPS batteries, to a recycling facility for proper disposal.

The ITS Department has also implemented equipment, policies, and procedures to reflect a conscious choice about green computing:

  • Energy Star products are purchased as the University standard for desktops and laptops.
  • LCD monitors, reducing display energy by about 60% compared with CRT monitors, have become the University standard.
  • TitanNet University computers are shut down at midnight each night to conserve energy. 
  • Display monitors are set to automatically turn off after 15 minutes of inactivity.  Computers are set to automatically sleep after one hour of inactivity. 
  • Dimmed lighting in the Quad Commons lab
  • Virtualizing servers as available reducing hardware and power needs
  • Move toward centralized printing where possible
  • Eliminated many administrative and academic paper reports
  • Created the environment that eliminated paper timecards
  • Created the environment that provided for direct deposit pay
  • Created the environment where announcements can be made electronically instead of on paper or mailings
  • Created the environment that provided for paperless adminissions application process
  • Created the environment that eliminated grade mailers, paper bills and other common mailings
  • Created the environment that eliminated printed purchase requisitions

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