Energy Star Low Carbon IT Campaign
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In April of 2008 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the Energy Star Low Carbon IT Campaign and asked for organizations across the country to join. Their press release stated: "By enabling the power management, or sleep mode, on their computers and monitors, organizations will help reduce our growing demand for electricity, and save money while fighting climate change. If all office computers and monitors in the United States were set to sleep when not being used, the country could save more than 44 billion kWh or $4 billion worth of electricity and avoid the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of about 5 million cars each year." To join the Low Carbon IT Campaign, the University pledges to activate power management features on our monitors and computers to save energy and reduce our carbon footprint. A brief online pledge form asks you for some basic information that will help EPA estimate the energy savings and environmental benefits from these actions. Many leading organizations have already joined. Verizon activated power management features on 185,000 PCs to save $7 million net of project costs and FedEx will reduce energy costs by approximately $1 million annually by activating sleep features on 20,000 PCs.