Power Down Challenge - Greening IT Checklist

This is a quick and easy checklist to complete during the Smart Office Challenge that provides:
Opportunites to reduce waste, energy and associated costs with efficient use and procurement.
Tips on how to implement these initaitives.
Quick Facts and links that build the case for these initiatives.
Ideas to engage employees.
1/ Are individual printers
common on people’s desk?
In most companies there is no need to have a printer for every employee. An
average ratio is 1- 7, but some go as high as 1- 10 or as low as 1-4. All you
need is a multi-function printer (MFP) that can:
1. Print- 2 sided (also called duplex).
2. Scan-to-email so that you can eliminate the need for paper files (unless
legally required) or sending hard copies by courier / mail.
3. Copy (Used less if you have the scan-to-email function).
2/ Do you have many
different makes and types
of printers?
All printers require supplies like toners, ink and paper.
3/ Are your devices older
than five years old?
If your devices are older than five years, their electricity consumption will be
much higher. For example, the average HP printer is 50% more energy
efficient than an equivalent five year old model. Even if you bought an Energy
Star qualified product five years ago, the standard has changed and the new
Energy Star requirements are much more stringent.
Remember, this doesn’t cost you anything and you’re potentially saving 50%
of your paper as a result of this simple change!
4/ Do you print on both
sides of the paper (duplex)?
Maintaining stocks of different supplies can be time consuming, expensive
and even wasteful. Rationalizing the number and types of printers will save
Making this change seems obvious to you, as a green champion, but if you
haven’t already done so, ensure that you communicate this to your
colleagues. Demonstrating the savings can be a great way to keep them
“bought in” to your programs.
5/ Do you switch off all your
printers, scanners, etc.
at the end of each day?
6/ Do you recycle all
cartridges, equipment,
and paper?
7/ Is the paper you’re using
FSC certified and/or does it
contain recycled content?
8/ Do you have power bars
that allow switching off of
all accessories?
Printers (and other electrical equipment) left on overnight and on weekends
can add up in energy costs.
Do you know where your recycling goes or if all employees recycle?
Recycle with Commerce Court! We have programs in place to safely and
securely recycle all of your cartridges, electronics, and paper.
If you hold 2 pieces of paper up and try to tell which came from a responsibly
managed forest and which came from a clear cut forest, it is impossible to
tell. The ONLY way to know is through the Forest Stewardship Council
tracking with the FSC logo.
Employees often fail to switch off devices at the end of the day, thinking it
uses little power in sleep mode, but they often forget about phantom power.
While many people assume phantom power is so insignificant they don’t
need to worry about it, it is estimated that in Canada we could eliminate 2
power stations if we got rid of all the phantom power used. One way to
address the phantom power issue? Make it easy for staff to switch everything
off at once, by giving them a power bar on their desk.
9/ Do you have a
reuse/recycle program for
used electronics? Or do you
recycle with Commerce
10/ Do you have
conference lines?
Ensure that you audit your service provider (if possible) or at least confirm
that they are listed here.
Place a work order to have your electronics picked up by building services
and the materials will be properly recycled.
These alternative meeting methods allow your company to be more efficient
by reducing travel time and travel expenses.
Desktop sharing programs allow all parties to see the work in real time and
enable effective collaboration when working off-site.