Monday, March 25, 2013

Manhattan College joins ENERGY STAR Low Carbon IT Campaign

Manhattan College has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Low Carbon IT Campaign by enabling power management on over 450 computers and monitors directly managed by ITS. This simple step will help reduce the nation's growing demand for electricity, save money, and help fight global warming.  These computers will now enter sleep mode after an hour of inactivity.  Waking the computer from sleep takes the push of a button and takes seconds to power up.

“I’m excited that Manhattan College has committed to reduce power consumption through this pledge and that ITS is at the forefront of this initiative", said Richard Musal, Assistant Director for Client Services and Operations.  

If all office computers and monitors in the U.S. were set to sleep when not being used, the country could save more than 44 billion kWh or $4 billion worth of electricity and avoid the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of about 5 million cars each year.

Manhattan College joins the ranks of leading businesses and organizations who are participating in the ENERGY STAR Low Carbon IT Campaign, including Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Dell, Inc., Fox Entertainment Group, Inc., HP, and Microsoft.

“I think that the steps taken to actuate this pledge underscore Manhattan College’s commitment toward sustainability and reducing its carbon footprint” said Jake Holmquist, Director of Information Technology Services.

Power management enables computers and monitors to go into a low-power sleep mode after a period of inactivity. Power management has the potential to save up to $ 50 per computer annually. Despite the significant savings, according to Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, only a scant five to ten percent of U.S. organizations have deployed these settings on computers.

If you are interested in finding out how to enable your computer's power save settings, please contact Client Services for more information at or (718) 862-7973.