Sustainability

UniSA is committed to reducing its carbon footprint through the promotion of sensible and practical changes to the way we all work. By working together we can help reduce our impact on the environment.

  • Shutdown your computer at night, over the weekend and any time you won't be using it for longer than an hour.
  • Ensure that notebook and desktop computer power saving settings are set to optimal power management.
  • Look for online content wherever possible to reduce printing, and use double-sided printing and recycled paper in your printer when you do have to print.
  • Use a network printer - avoid purchasing small desktop/inkjet printers as they cost more to run, do not generally support double-sided printing, and produce more ink cartridges to dispose of.
  • Recycle your toner cartridges, mobile phones, batteries and used paper appropriately.
  • Recycle IT hardware that is no longer required or considered "end of life", including computers, monitors, printers, etc.
  • Introduce live plants in the office to help offset negative energy emissions.
  • Unplug or switch off all equipment at the wall when not in use (a device can still draw power when it is turned off but still plugged in).
  • If you regularly use a word processor like Microsoft Word you can reduce your paper usage by changing your default margins from 3.17cm and 2.54cm to 1.5cm on all sides.  This will change the unused portion of the page from about 40% to 20%.
  • Replaced all existing CRT monitors in the ISTS-managed Computer Pools with much more energy efficient LCD monitors.
  • Only LCD monitors are available for purchase by the University.
  • Enabled duplex printing by default on all ISTS-managed printers fitted with this capability to reduce the amount of paper used.
  • Eliminated the use of printer header sheets in Computer Pools by adding the User ID as a watermark on all printing.
  • Recycle printer toner cartridges used in Computer Pools.
  • Recycle Computer Pool hardware at end of life.
  • Implemented virtual technologies to reduce the number of physical servers required, which reduces energy consumption.
  • Where possible, avoid unnecessary travel through the use of remote desktop tools to provide user support and video conferencing for meetings.
  • Ensure that new hardware power saving is set for optimal power management.
  • Remotely shut down most Computer Pool PCs overnight if no-one is logged on.
  • All new hardware purchasing must conform to energy star 4.0 specifications.  Hardware with an energy star 4.0 specification uses 15 to 25 percent less energy on average than a standard new computer.
  • We are investigating methods of replacing hard copy forms with online forms and authorisation work flow to reduce paper usage.
  • We are working towards a standardised Standard Operating Environment (SOE) which includes standard power management settings and remote management tools.
  • We are investigating the benefits of application virtualisation to reduce the impact of incompatible applications on hardware and to ensure that our current software licenses are correctly utilised.