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ERIC Number: EJ861273
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1528-5324
Sustainable Technology at WPI
Bartelson, Jon
EDUCAUSE Quarterly, v32 n3 2009
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) seeks to foster a community that produces sustainable solutions in all facets of campus life: (1) teaching; (2) research; (3) service; and (4) administrative operations. The university strives to model the three tenets of sustainability (environmental preservation, economic prosperity, and social equity for all members of society) in every endeavor. WPI recently solidified this commitment through the creation of its President's Task Force on Sustainability, which provides guidance and leadership for all of its sustainability efforts. The university has selected a number of strategic initiatives that further its sustainability agenda, including sponsoring recycling programs, installing solar energy collectors, and reducing energy consumption. In February 2007, the WPI Board of Trustees voted to endorse a policy calling for all future buildings on campus to be environmentally friendly and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certified structures. For its part, WPI's Information Technology Division has committed to supporting the university's sustainability efforts by reducing the environmental impact of WPI's IT systems and operations. This article describes the changes that can be seen campus-wide on desktops, in classrooms, and in the WPI data center. One of the greatest findings from these efforts has been that "going green" has some surprising bottom-line benefits. Recommendations are made for educational institutions struggling with how to implement sustainable technology. (Contains 2 figures, 1 table and 3 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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