Moravian CIT Supports Sustainability

Back when computers first became popular, many touted their environmental benefits, saying, "think of all the paper we'll save." But the internet's ready access to a new world of "potentially useful" information, coupled with endless "must-print" e-mails, added up to greater paper consumption than ever, it seemed.

A couple of years ago, Moravian CIT took steps to reduce paper use on campus by instituting "print balance summaries." It's made a difference—cutting paper use by nearly one-third, reports Craig Underwood, media services manager.

TOTAL pages printed:

  • 2006-07 = 3,015,716  (before print balances were implemented)
  • 2007-08 = 2,185,420  (after print balances were implemented)
  • 2008-09 = 2,096,519 (with change to duplex printing in fall '09)

CIT is environmentally conscious in other ways, too, adds Underwood:

  • All Moravian PCs and MACs have improved energy usage processors
  • All old computers and electronic equipment are recycled
  • Energy Star or energy-saving equipment is purchased, when available
  • RoHS-compliant electronic equipment (Reduction of Harmful Substances regulations) is purchased, when possible
  • CIT encourages committees to view reports on laptops rather than print multiple copies
  • Servers have been consolidated and reduced in number through the use of virtualization software
  • Many individual deskjet and laser printers have been replaced with network printers to save energy and space
  • Exploring the use of ebooks, such as Kindle.

About the GreenHounds logo: The Moravian College GreenHounds logo was designed by Colleen Kane '08, a student of Anne Dutlinger, professor and chair of art and a member of the Sustainability Committee.