The Office of Information Technology has introduced measures to conserve energy and reduce paper use.
- Use of Papercut.com software allows students to monitor and manage print credits when using computer labs. More print credits can be purchased electronically using the Albion 1Card.
- Use of a Pcounter cut paper use in computer labs by one-third.
- Duplex printing in all computer labs uses half as much paper, and each sheet only uses one print credit.
- Use of instructional courseweb software allows classes to go paperless.
- Replacement of CRT monitors with flat-panel screens using less power.
- Setting all campus computers to power down after 2 hours of inactivity.
- Introduction of virtualized servers during the summer of 2008. Now powering around 20 smaller servers and hardware, decreasing the power draw by one-third, from approximately 13,000 watts down to around 7,800-7,900 watts.
- Extending life of hardware through desktop virtualization. Desktop virtualization is a method of separating a personal computer's desktop environment from the physical machine using a client-server computing model. This allows the desktop to be stored on a remote central server.