Computing & Information Services

Green Computing at Reed


Task Force

Reed is very concerned that its computing practices reflect its dedication to sustainability, and has assembled the Green Computing Task Force in order to address this concern.  The group's mission is to identify and evaluate ways in which the College can make more energy efficient and environmentally sensitive use of its technology resources.  

We welcome Reed Community members to contact the task force in order to raise issues or ask questions concerning the College's green computing practices.  When inquiries about green computing tactics arise, the task force will consider them in order to:

  • Determine if the College is already employing the tactic;
  • Determine if the tactic has already been considered and deemed unfeasible in some way;
  • Determine if the tactic is worth examining further for possible adoption.

The task force serves in an advisory capacity to CTO Marty Ringle when potential changes to the College's green computing practices are being considered. 

Members of the Green Computing Task Force are:

Marianne Colgrove, Web Support Services Director
Kathleen Fisher, Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator
Wyatt Lindsey, User Support Specialist
Gary Schlickeiser, Technology Infrastructure Services Director
Alan Shusterman, Professor of Chemistry
Vince Stoffer, Network Security Administrator
Hardware Support Specialist
Steve Yeadon, Maintenance Manager

Make a suggestion for a green computing practice

Have a great idea you'd like to see the College use?  Please send an email to the Green Computing Task Force at greencomputing@reed.edu.

What's happening in Green Computing at Reed?

Reed is already taking a number of steps to implement more sustainable computing practices:

  • We're holding our first all-campus e-waste recycling drive with our recycling partner Free Geek on May 5th.  See the announcement page for more information.
  • Reed has an ongoing partnership with Free Geek for our computer hardware recycling and reuse needs.  We also perform periodic due diligence measures to assure our recycler and associated downstream providers continue to meet local and national environmental standards;
  • Toner cartridge recycling program through the Computer Store;
  • Using 100% recycled paper in all campus laser printers;
  • College-owned laser printers are equipped with duplexers, enabling double-sided printing to reduce paper use;
  • All college-owned machines have energy saving settings automatically enabled;
  • The Computer Hardware Shop and Administrative Computing perform all campus deliveries and services by foot or bike;
  • Investigating energy efficient machine room practices;
  • Campus battery recycling program offered through EHS and Computer Hardware.  

Going Green(er): Suggestions for the Reed community

  • Turn off your computer and display at the end of your work day, or set it to go to sleep.  A sleeping computer uses nearly as little energy as it does when turned completely off.  It's a popular misconception that screensavers save energy-- they don't!
  • Utilize the energy saving features in your computer's operating system.  Energy Star has some helpful suggestions.
  • We can save a lot of paper, toner and electricity if we work together to make Reed as paperless as possible.  Before you hit "print," ask yourself if the document can be viewed or shared electronically.  
  • Still need to print it out?  Many printers on campus have the ability to do double-sided printing.  If you don't have access to one of these printers, Contact the Computer Hardware Shop at x7277 or chs@reed.edu-- we can set you up!
  • If your College computer still utilizes a CRT display, contact the Computer Hardware Shop (x7277 or chs@reed.edu) and we'll replace it with a more energy efficient LCD display.
  • Turn off peripherals that you're not using, such a speakers, scanners, personal printers, etc.
  • Take your used batteries to the EHS office or to the Computer Hardware shop, where we can recycle them!
  • Buy equipment that meet Energy Star requirements, indicated by the Energy Star logo.
  • If you want to learn how to reduce your impact beyond your computer use, you can also calculate your carbon footprint and find out how to reduce it.