Saturday, July 5, 2008

Green Campus Computing in USeP

Sharing some ideas of MyStudz about Green Campus Computing ....

I have a truthful observation in my school when it comes to the use of computers. After our laboratory classes, our instructors remind us to turn off the computer but not completely unplug it. I know that this can't be helped since there are still students who will use it next. The worst I have seen so far is leaving the computers on in the laboratory even though no one is using them.For our school to adopt the concept of green computing, the first step we must make is to get the full support and cooperation of the administration, faculty and staff. They must be the leaders or models in the practice of green computing since the students look up to them for examples. They must fully understand the concept of green campus computing, its implementation and its effects in the various aspects of computing lifestyle. When they are fully oriented with it, it is only then that they can pass it down to the students. This is where the second step comes in: student orientation and cooperation. As students, they must be willing to participate in this simple act of creating a greener technological environment. Students should be properly oriented about the purpose of green computing and provided with a vision of a better environment for them. Provisions may also be passed around the campus about green computing. It is also necessary to have strict implementation and guidance inside computer laboratories. I will not enumerate steps to conserve energy because there are a lot of them. Getting the cooperation of everyone in the university is not something that will happen overnight, but with constant reminder, cooperation and practice in the part of both students and faculty, it can be achieved. Soon, the practice of green computing will become a part of our daily lives and will become as normal as breathing. I also suggest that further research be made by our own university for more efficient ways to use technology as a whole that fit the current computing lifestyle in our school. By following the simple steps towards green computing, we can help save our environment and create a better world for generations to come- KMDizon

My first suggestion for our school would be a proper education of the staff about the environmental issues that computers and other computing devices bring to us and the environment since they are the primary users of computing devices, however students also need to know of these issues too because this is an environmental concern which affects everyone. Symposiums could be held per division to address these issues as well as formal and mandatory seminars on how to maintain a green office environment. Second would be to assign a panel and create a program that monitors and studies the rate of environmental issues that affect the campus and provide solutions as well as proper implementation resources for this kind of action are readily available inside the campus. - DTabanyag

To implement this idea in my school, I suggest that everyone must be responsible enough to help in conserving energy so that the energy consumption will be reduced. And I am talking of turning OFF all computer units when not in use. Avoid using screen savers in computer’s monitor. Turn on printers ONLY when you are ready to print documents and turn it OFF when you have nothing to print at all. Refrain from needless printing; print only those documents that are necessary to have a hard copy. If possible, use ink jets printers; avoid laser printers because they consume more energy. Do not use computers for entertainment purposes like turning it on just to hear music even when you’re not totally using it. And one last thing, do not just buy and buy diskettes, make use of outdated diskettes through reformatting it. Together let us be responsible and start practicing GREEN COMPUTING…..- KDAdarna