Office Equipment, Paper Use
this summers heat advisories that seem to be early and often
(Almanac May 28, 2002), the University is on an energy
conservation roll. Instead of finding situations of non-compliance
during their routine travels through campus buildings, Penns
Facilities Services staff members are thanking employees for their
launching a major energy conservation initiative in January 2001
January 30, 2001) to reduce consumption and mitigate the impact
of rising costs, Penn went a step further. Last fall, the University
signed up to purchase 20 million kilowatt hours annually of wind
generated power (Almanac
October 30, 2001), thus reinforcing our obligation to not
only energy cost containment but stewardship of the global environment.
Now, Penn has new conservation challenges for the campus community:
When purchasing or replacing computers, copiers, printers and
faxes, buy energy-efficient Energy Star models with power management
hardware and software. These features enable the equipment to
power down automatically after a preset period of non-use, saving
50- 70 percent of the power normally used.
Activate the power managementor "sleep mode"
for your existing computer monitors. If you need assistance,
contact your local support provider.
If you have older office equipment without power management
capability, turn them off at the end of the workday or during
any extended period of absence.
Participate in Penns comprehensive recycling program.
Your local support provider and/or Isabel Mapp (email@example.com
898-2020) can tell you how older computers can be donated
to the Universitys community partners or disposed of in
an environmentally friendly manner. www.upenn.edu/ccp/programs/digitaldivide/donate.html.
Set your copiers and printers to duplex and maintain electronic
rather than paper files where possible. (Manufacturing one virgin
sheet of paper requires about 15 watt-hours of energy.)
success of these efforts depends on the cooperation of all faculty,
staff and students. Energy is one of our most precious, yet under-appreciated,
commodities. Each occupant within Penns many buildings can
play a vital role in supporting conservation efforts and controlling
energy costs. We need your support to spread the word and to implement
these suggestions Together these initiatives will save energy,
a substantial amount of paper and the office budget.
you for your continued dedication in helping the University succeed
in this critical effort.
Blaik, Vice President
Facilities & Real Estate Services
Beck, Vice President
Information Systems & Computing