Shutting Off Monitors,
A campaign spearheaded last fall by the student group Clean Energy for Smith (CES)
to get students to voluntarily set their computer monitors to automatically go into
power-saving “sleep mode” when not in use may save the college thousands
of dollars in energy costs and could ultimately reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
CES teamed with Information Technology Services and the college’s Green Team,
a group that explores and implements sustainability efforts on campus, in prompting
1,852 Smith students to agree to activate a device that automatically shuts down
their computer monitors when not in use. The campaign was part of the Million Monitor
Pledge Drive, a national campaign by the Environmental Protection Agency projected
to save $30 million.
Smith won a contest with Amherst and Mount Holyoke colleges seeking to get as many
students as possible to sign pledges to participate in the energy-saving program.
As a result, CES will receive an award of 350,000 kilowatt-hours worth of Renewable
Energy Certificates, which can purchase zero-emissions electricity generated by wind