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Think about the devices you use every day—all day. There is no denying that computer technology is a part of our lives. The natural resources used to operate our technology, however, are limited in quantity. Sustainability and preservation of these resources is crucial. Promoting a sustainable-computing lifestyle is good stewardship and helps us maintain the resources we currently have. The University of Michigan has a unique role in the global sustainable computing effort. We have over 137,000 computers on campus. This is a drop in the bucket when one considers there are nearly two billion computers in the world today. The difference is that our students, staff and faculty have a greater likelihood of sharing our knowledge around the globe.
People look to us as leaders and best. Even the smallest efforts on our part can have global implications. How we maintain our drop is very important. Whether we are considering power setting, alternative printing methods or how to recycle antiquated devices, it is our responsibility to be sustainable with our technology. Our desire is to live green, to reduce our carbon footprint and to save for the future—one computer at a time.