Green IT

Green IT

IT Services is committed to helping Trinity meet its aims under the Sustainable Development Policy. More information on general steps for sustainability on campus can be found on the Provost's Sustainability pages.

Below is some information on what we're doing to help meet these goals, and what part you can play too.

What we're doing

  • We carry out responsible recycling of all old computing equipment and office materials.
  • We have moved to the use of communal multifunctional print devices, away from personal desktop printers.
  • The provision of the BlackBoard Learn service for online learning reduces travel requirements and the need for printed materials.
  • Server visualisation reduces the amount of physical server hardware used.
  • In the IT Services computer rooms, the computers' power saving settings have been optimised.
  • The Datapac multi-function printers are set to print to duplex and scan to email, to save paper and print toner.
  • In our world-class Green Data Centre the mechanical, lighting, electrical and computer systems are designed for maximum energy efficiency and minimum environmental impact. The focus is on sustainability, reduced operational costs, reduced carbon footprint and return on investment.

  • Sustainability by objective – the 2017/2018 €750,000 data storage project. This project was conceived with continuity of service, sustainability & greener IT in mind.  The project had a goal of a 50% reduction energy usage in the data Storage Area Network (SAN), based on 2017 usage/baseline and this goal was surpassed.  

    This was done by upgrading the SAN in the Green Data Centre and secondary Data Centre located on the main campus. Under the oversight of the Trinity Engineering Services Manager and the Sustainability Advisor, Trinity IT Services achieved a 55% energy saving, which is equivalent to a 14,682kg CO2 (carbon dioxide) reduction per annum. 

    In the third impacted remote Data Centre, a 50% energy saving, equivalent to a 2,072kg CO₂ reduction per annum was achieved, arising from replacing associated data storage equipment. Additional unquantified energy savings arise on an ongoing basis, due to the knock-on effect of the Data Centres needing less cooling power as a result of less energy being consumed.


What you can do

  • Turn off computer monitors, printers and other peripherals when not in use as turning off equipment when leaving a room even for ten minutes can make a significant energy saving.
  • Set your laptop / computer to go on standby after a certain number of minutes, to save on energy and shut devices down overnight and at the weekends.
  • Share digital copies of documentation via email or file shares rather than printing them out.
  • If you must print a document be sure to print in duplex, on both sides of the page. Most modern printers have this functionality and it may be the case that your printer settings need to be configured to allow you print in duplex.
  • Bring a laptop or other mobile device to meetings instead of printing things out or having to write notes on paper.
  • Make use of video-conferencing facilities to reduce travel.
  • Recycle your old printouts.
  • Buy the right equipment - laptops use much less energy than powerful desktop computers.
  • Encourage your Area to migrate away from multiple individual small printers to a managed multi-function device (MFD) for your Area, or a set of MFDs for larger Areas.
  • Buy equipment that will last - the manufacturing process accounts for 70% of the natural resources used in a PCs lifetime.

Sustainable Printing - double sided / duplex printing settings

Windows 10

  1. Click the Start button at the bottom left and choose the Settings cog.
  2. Choose Devices.
  3. Choose Printers & scanners on the left.
  4. Select the relevant printer and choose Manage.
  5. Choose Printing preferences on the left.
  6. The option to set two-sided printing as default is usually on the ‘Layout’ or ‘Finishing’ tab, but it may differ for your printer model.
    If you have a ‘Layout’ tab then make sure that ‘Flip on long edge’ is selected under ‘Print on Both Sides’.
    If you have a ’Finishing’ tab then make sure to select the checkbox for‘Print On Both Sides’.
  7. The option to set Black and White printing as the default is usually on the ‘Paper/Quality’ tab or the ‘Color’ tab, but it may differ for your printer model.
    If you have a ‘Layout’ tab then under ‘Color’ choose Black & White.
    If you have a ‘Color’ tab then choose ‘Monochrome’ or ‘Print In Grayscale’.
  8. Click OK and close the Settings box.  Repeat these steps for all printers that you use.

Windows 8.1

  1. Click the Start button and choose Devices and Printers.
  2. Right-click on the relevant printer and choose Printing preferences.
  3. The option to set two-sided printing as default is usually on the ‘Layout’ or ‘Finishing’ tab, but it may differ for your printer model.
    If you have a ‘Layout’ tab then make sure that ‘Flip on long edge’ is selected under ‘Print on Both Sides’.
    If you have a ’Finishing’ tab then make sure to select the checkbox for‘Print On Both Sides’.
  4. The option to set Black and White printing as the default is usually on the ‘Paper/Quality’ tab or the ‘Color’ tab, but it may differ for your printer model.
    If you have a ‘Layout’ tab then under ‘Color’ choose Black & White.
    If you have a ‘Color’ tab then choose ‘Monochrome’ or ‘Print In Grayscale’.
  5. Click OK and close the Settings box.  Repeat these steps for all printers that you use.

Windows 7

  1. Click the Start button and start typing ‘Control Panel’ and then chose Control Panel from the list of options on the right.
  2. Choose Devices and Printers.
  3. Right-click on the relevant printer and choose Printing preferences.
  4. The option to set two-sided printing as default is usually on the ‘Layout’ or ‘Finishing’ tab, but it may differ for your printer model.
    If you have a ‘Layout’ tab then make sure that ‘Flip on long edge’ is selected under ‘Print on Both Sides’.
    If you have a ’Finishing’ tab then make sure to select the checkbox for ‘Print On Both Sides’.
  5. The option to set Black and White printing as the default is usually on the ‘Paper/Quality’ tab or the ‘Color’ tab, but it may differ for your printer model.
    If you have a ‘Layout’ tab then under ‘Color’ choose Black & White.
    If you have a ‘Color’ tab then choose ‘Monochrome’ or ‘Print In Grayscale’.
  6. Click OK and close the Settings box.  Repeat these steps for all printers that you use.

macOS

You can save your print settings as a preset so you can quickly use the same settings again. To create a preset, you first adjust all of the print settings you want.

Saving your settings as a preset:

  1. Open a document, then choose File - Print. Click Show Details.
  2. Select any print settings such as two-sided printing and black and white printing that you want to save as a preset.
  3. Click the Presets pop-up menu, then choose Save Current Settings as Preset.
  4. Enter a name for the preset, then choose whether to use the preset for only the currently selected printer or all printers.

Printing with your preset:

  1. Choose File - Print.
  2. Click the Presets pop-up menu, then choose your preset. If you don’t see the Presets pop-up menu, click Show Details.
  3. You see all presets available for that printer. If you don’t see a preset that you expect in the list, it’s possible that you created that preset for only a specific printer.

Printer management & hardware settings

Management of the printer’s configuration settings differs dependent on the make and model.  Most network printers can be managed by browsing to the printer’s IP address and logging in with the relevant administrative credentials.  For detailed steps on how to check the printer’s default configuration settings you should refer to the printer manufacturer’s website to access the user guide for your printer, or ring the printer supplier for technical support.  For example, if the steps further above have been followed but there is still a general difficulty in printing two-sided to a particular printer then it may be that the printer itself has not yet been configured correctly.