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Green IT: Hofstra University’s Information Technology Upgrades Created Unplanned Sustainable “Green Benefits” by Increasing Efficiency and Reducing Costs

  • Margaret Linehan
  • Catherine Fisher
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Abstract

This case study demonstrates how efficient Information Technology (IT) is sustainable “Green IT.” Just before 2009, Hofstra University recognized the need to upgrade their IT used throughout the school by the students, faculty, and staff. The University’s primary concern was to reduce the cost of IT to the school while maintaining efficiency. Sustainability is practiced by Hofstra University; yet it was not included in the IT Department’s plan to reduce costs and operate efficiently. The plan included improving energy efficiency in the data center and transitioning to virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs). IT has the potential to impact the global environment negatively; however, sustainability can be achieved by following various efficient methods. This case study demonstrates how Hofstra University is doing just that.

Keywords

Green IT Sustainability IT Efficiency VDI Data center Cost savings Environment Energy 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Thank you to the Hofstra IT staff for their hard work and support for this chapter.

Robert W. Juckiewicz: Vice President for IT

Antonio Leo: Director of Systems and Operations

Toon-Chien Wong: Associate Technical Director of Systems and Operations

Joshua Daubert: Systems Project Mgr. and Mgr. of Data Center Operations

Luc-Philippe Paulemon: Instructional Technologist

Alexander Rosenberg: Computer Science Systems Administrator

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret Linehan
    • 1
  • Catherine Fisher
    • 2
  1. 1.Social Impact ExchangeNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Education and Technology Research ServicesHofstra UniversityHempsteadUSA

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