Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

UMHS to launch GreenIT program today

In keeping with the U-M Health System’s efforts to be better stewards of resources, Medical Center Information Technology is modifying the way that it manages computers.
The GreenIT program will launch the first of four phases today, on Earth Day.

Phase 1 will implement changes to computer monitor settings that will automatically put them into a "standby" or "sleep" mode after 15 minutes of inactivity. This brief delay in starting up significantly will reduce consumption of energy, and projected annual savings for UMHS are substantial, program officials say.

Phase 2 will take place in late spring and will establish a way for automatically shutting down computers during non-business hours. Additional innovations are planned for Phase 3 in September and for Phase 4 at a later date.

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