Climate Savers Computing Initiative@ The University of MichiganRoxy BlockProject Manager, MAIS Updated: March 17, 2008
Climate Savers Overview Started by Google in 2007 The Initiative is comprised of consumers, businesses, schools and conservation organizations Michigan was one of two founding members from higher education Goal is to drive energy efficiency by: Increasing the energy efficiency of new PCs & servers Promoting the use of power management We can reduce global CO2 emissions from the operation of computers by 54 million tons a year by 2010. That’s like taking 11 million carsoff the road each year.
The Climate Savers Computing InitiativeJoin Us in Slowing Global Warming… One Computer at a Time
What’s really possible? 65,160,000 lbs …of carbon emissions due to the electricity used by the University to power computers and other office equipment each year $4.8 million … cost of electricity used by the University to power computers and other office equipment each year A 10% reduction would have the environmental equivalent of: Saving 337,000 gallons of gasoline; or Saving over 24 acres of forest preserved from deforestation; or 529 cars not driven for one year …and could save the University $500,000 per year!
Our Vision Build on the University’s reputation as a leader in environmental sciences, recycling and environmentally friendly operations Have a significant positive effect on the environment by reducing the amount of energy and natural resources used by the University to support computing Seek ways to build community and save money as we work together to be better stewards of our natural resources
Our Approach A two-year project to implement a wide range of activities that both raise awareness and result in behavior change An innovative and aggressive communication strategy that will leverage campus, local, regional and national communication mediums Collaboration with existing University environmental activities and organizations
Our Team We hope to have participation from across the University community including students, staff and faculty We will rely on a set of volunteers that will contribute time and expertise to the project and help implement change within their units We will have a small core project team that is dedicated to implementing the project activities and supporting volunteer efforts
Proposed Activities Leading the Way Green Scholarship Big 10 Competition Recycling Program Expanding our Impact Lecture Series Certification Program Unit Funding Wolverine Team Support GreenScorecard Laying the Foundation Awareness & Education Green IT Web Site Kick-off Activities Machine Rooms Desktop Technologies
Laying the Foundation Awareness &Education Deliver a broad range of communications to build awareness and to educate the University community Green ITWeb Site Provide a central location for purchasing info, technical assistance, best practices, success stories, media resources and other information about green computing Kick-offActivities Conduct project and media kick-off events to build enthusiasm and draw attention to the project Machine Rooms Develop purchasing and usage guidelines; encourage consolidation of machine rooms; support design of any new facility DesktopTechnologies Develop purchasing and system configuration guidelines to help system admins and end-users minimize energy usage
Expanding our Impact Lecture Series Quarterly lectures from nationally known speakers on topicsrelating to green computing and the environment Certification Program Allow units (or individuals?) to become certified by meeting A set of benchmarks/standards relating to green computing Unit Funding Allow University departments to request small amounts of of money to pursue innovative green ideas in their units Wolverine Team Support Provide IT support for Planet Blue’s building-by-building energy efficiency program GreenScorecard Provide departments data to help assess their progress toward green goals
Leading the Way Green Scholarship Sponsor/pursue academic initiatives such as internships,research projects, student competition and an academic Scholarship (funded through green efforts) Big 10 Competition Lead a competition among Big Ten schools relating to energy savings in IT; use the competition as a way to draw national attention to the importance of energy reduction in IT; A related alternative is to conduct the competition among Schools within the State of Michigan Recycling Program Build upon the University’s current computer recyclingprogram; Hold major annual “recycling” eventsto encourage involvement; Pursue expansion of program to include a wider range of equipment and personally-owned equipment
Current Project roles Project Sponsors: John King (Vice Provost) Peggy Norgren (Associate Vice President) Project Director Bill Wrobleski (email@example.com) Communications Director Joan Witte (firstname.lastname@example.org) Core Team Project Manager … Roxy Block (email@example.com) Project Staff Position … Mary Beth Stuenkel, ITCS Communication Specialist … Carrie Stefanski
How to get more information Join the Climate.Savers@umich.edu email group to receive communications about the project Visit the Climate Savers national web site at: www.climatesaverscomputing.org