Sustainable Computing Intiative

Did you know? The average computer wastes nearly HALF the power it consumes, servers lose approximately one-third of their power as heat, and 90% of desktops do not utilize power management settings.

On the U-M campus, energy usage is not measured to the level of the individual PC or server, and so the enormous impact of our computing habits is often hidden from us. The Sustainable Computing Intiative believes it is important to make these facts known and to take measures to increase the energy conservation of our computing resources at the University of Michigan.

The goal of the Sustainable Computing initiative at U-M is to:

The Sustainable Computing initiative has developed best practices for sustainable computing and strives to provide tools to help reach that end. We rely heavily on volunteers to develop our programs, which to date include:

As we kick off new efforts, we will again rely on campus volunteers to develop more tools such as white papers and case studies as well as techniques to overcome barriers to practicing sustainable computing.

Please let us know if you'd like to get involved.

Note: we are working on improving our web presence, so visit often to see more tools, more resources and more information to help with your sustainable computing efforts.