Sustainable ICT at Charles Sturt University

DIT is always looking for new ways to enhance the university’s information and communication technology (ICT) services and practices, to tackle energy and environmental issues such as electricity consumption and e-waste.

A number of the key initiatives led by DIT to improve ICT sustainability include:

  • application of power management policies – shutting down public access computers and placing staff computers in hibernation mode after hours
  • relocation of enterprise servers to externally-hosted, state-of-the-art datacentres offering best practices in energy efficiency
  • availability of video and desktop conferencing technologies offering a viable alternative to face-to face meetings, significantly reducing impact from travel
  • recycling of used toner cartridges through partnership with Ricoh Australia
  • consideration of Energy Star ratings in the procurement of computers and a commitment to ensuring IT equipment does not end up in landfill.
Infographic for sustainable ICT at CSU. 6 obsolete pieces of IT equipment donated in Jan to March 2019, 25 % energy savings in desktop and laptop devices since 2008 by using energy star compliant products, 17.2kg printer consumables recycled through Ricoh Jan to March 2019, 417 items disposed through e-waste in 2018, 73% reduction in energy consumption as a result of power setting enabling sleep mode to activate when not in use, 76% of devices automatically turn off display after 20 mins, 95% of devices hibernate after being locked down, 97% of devices comply with recommended power management settings.

You can support sustainable ICT at Charles Sturt in the following ways:

  • Use the toner cartridge recycling system available and place used batteries from wireless devices into the nearest battery recycling bin.
  • Log an IT Service Desk request and submit an Asset Disposal Form for disposal of obsolete CSU-issued computers or devices.
  • Return old laptop batteries and CSU-issued mobile phones to the CSU Computer Shop for responsible disposal.
  • Use the various CSU conference technologies as an alternative to travel whenever possible.