In an effort to keep working equipment out of the landfills and recycling centers, we've organized a donation program that has given many used computers coming out of service to Hampshire students for personal use. When possible, we also donate equipment coming out of service to local non-profit organizations. Equipment that has partial hardware failures is kept on hand so the remaining parts can be used to repair other equipment when possible. Non-functional items are recycled through the Five Colleges recycling program.
We strive to purchase environmentally friendly technology products whenever they meet our specification requirements, perform satisfactorily, and are available at a reasonably competitive price. College computers purchased from Apple and Dell are EPEAT registered desktops and laptops. Technology purchases are chosen and configured with the highest ENERGY STAR® rating whenever possible.
Hampshire has a pay-for-print system for our lab printers and public copiers. This means items do not actually print until the students pay for and authorize the print job. This significantly reduces wasted paper, energy consumption, and toner replacement.
Duplex settings are the default for the public printers and copiers, as well as all faculty and staff computers, which further reduces paper consumption.
Hampshire works to provide the community with tools that allow paper-based activities to move online, including:
Recycling bins are placed prominently in all computing labs.
IT operates approximately 109 servers. As stand-alone machines with 300w power supply, these would collectively use 785kwH of electricity per day, or 286,452 kwH per year, costing the College $33,200 annually. By virtualizing or consolidating multiple servers onto a single physical server, IT only has to operate 20 servers instead of 109. This saves the College 233,892 kwH per year, or $27,100 annually. That energy reduction eliminates 161 metric tons of CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions from the atmosphere annually. This is the equivalent annual emissions from 31 cars or 375 barrels of oil.