Here at Harvard, we love our technology and devices. It enables so much of what we do — from enhancing the classroom experience, to enabling cutting edge research, to supporting day-to-day operations and the residential experience. But our digital age also comes with challenges.
How do we ensure our electronics are being recycled responsibly? Can the high-performance computing that is needed for research today be made more energy efficient? How can we best leverage technology to enhance our sustainability efforts across campus?
Driven by a commitment to Harvard’s Sustainability Plan, a team of IT, operations, and facilities staff have been steadily working to address these challenges by exploring tangible solutions that allow the University’s Schools and departments to reap the benefits of improved efficiency and coordination and manage the disposal of thousands of devices a year sustainably and securely.
New University-wide Sustainable IT Standards, approved by Harvard’s CIO Council in December 2017, provide a roadmap for implementing and improving processes to make IT on campus more sustainable and for identifying opportunities where sustainable IT practices can be leveraged to support the ongoing administrative, research, and instructional activities of faculty, staff, and students.
These new Standards are the latest in a string of efforts aimed at reducing the environmental impact of technology at Harvard.