Columbia University Libraries is able to implement this new energy standard with existing managed desktop technology. Ethan Christ, a systems analyst for the Columbia University Libraries who implemented the new energy conservation plan, said, "It's great that we are able to leverage technologies we already own for such an important cause."
Normally staff computers are left on after-hours to allow for system and security updates. With the new policy, all machines will automatically go into hibernation mode after a period of inactivity. In a hibernating state, computers consume less than three watts of power.
In combination with the existing policy of setting monitors and hard disks to standby, the Columbia University Libraries will save more than 200 megawatts of power or over 140 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.
For more information about energy saving initiatives at Columbia University, see the Columbia Environmental Stewardship website.