Sustainability: Actions for individuals

November 29, 2018

Yale has made remarkable progress reducing server energy use, working with sustainable vendors, and streamlining on-campus IT systems. Individual behaviors also have a huge impact on our overall sustainability success. You can personally influence and directly support Yale’s Climate Action ambition and other sustainability goals in a number of ways. 
Working on a project for your client? Using online file sharing services such as Box at Yale, Basecamp, or O365 SharePoint Online for materials you would normally distribute as handouts reduces waste. If you must print, consider printing double-sided or printing in black-and-white instead of color. Use Yale’s audio & video conferencing service or video recording tools such as Panopto to accommodate telecommuters.
Do you provide IT support for a department or unit? As you visit with clients, where appropriate, try to incorporate sustainability. Can individual computers be powered down or setup with power management to save energy during evenings and weekends? While this may not be something that can be applied everywhere, even small efforts can help. Perhaps that shared kiosk that doesn’t need to be backed up is a good candidate for power management? Do you have clients that remotely connect to their desktop? Powering off the monitor won’t prevent remote access, but will save energy. Remind your clients not to discard their old electronics – recycling these items are easy. For other items that might be useful to another area of Yale, consider posting on the Eli Surplus Exchange to reduce waste.