Green ICT for Schools, Colleges and Universities – New ICT that doesn’t cost the earth!
Reducing ICT Energy Requirements for Schools, Colleges & Universities
Being green is no longer just a Buzzword – it is now a necessity. SchoolCare are absolutely no exception. In the last 12 months SchoolCare have been championing the introduction of low energy, near silent computers into schools with an aim to reduce carbon footprint and lower costs.
Schools and colleges are aware of the need to consider energy waste in both their existing buildings and future constructions but the area of Green ICT for schools with energy waste seems to be less apparent. SchoolCare wish to try and raise this awareness through our Green ICT for Schools campaign and prove the benefits through providing a detailed and wide reaching survey freely open to any school, college or university.
Green ICT for Schools – ICT ECO Mark Accredited Workstations
SchoolCare’s range of new energy efficient PC’s come with the ICT Eco Mark approval which is only awarded to educational hardware that proves excellent energy efficiency.
These ultra slim line machines make use of Intel Atom processors, do not have internal fans and so offer virtually silent use and they fit easily onto the back of standard TFT monitors, reducing space requirements. Manufacturer information claims savings of up to £1,138 per full year and 3000Kg of carbon emissions based on typical use of 32 PC’s in an ICT suite.
Low energy PC’s are, of course, just one element of green ICT for schools, with network management tools and server virtualisation also providing further means of saving money and reducing carbon emissions.
Green ICT for Schools – Reducing the Carbon Footprint for Schools, Colleges & Universities
As above, the potential carbon footprint reductions for your school, college or university can be significant with the use of low energy PC’s, however, SchoolCare now extend this benefit to all education ICT equipment through our Carbon Off-setting Scheme.
Through SchoolCare’s membership of the CarbonZero Federation, we are able to offer our customers the ability to off-set the carbon waste of any investment in educational hardware. SchoolCare also fully supports the African Energy Saving Stove scheme run by Co2Balance.
“Going Green” at SchoolCare
SchoolCare has initiated its “Big Switch-Off” scheme to consolidate our large power hungry in-house servers, into more efficient Virtual Servers running on more efficient hardware, this reduces heat, noise and our carbon footprint. SchoolCare is also making a large amount of headway deploying these virtualisation technologies into the Education sector.
Where else is SchoolCare Greener than Before?
SchoolCare are currently undertaking a program of a rolling replacement to replace our existing diesel vehicle fleet with vehicles which are up to twice as efficient and only produce around 119g/km of CO2. That’s an average of 1288kg of CO2 saved per vehicle per year.
Green ICT for Schools – Remote ICT Visits
- To further enforce our green credentials, our technical support contracts for education will allow our school and college customers to have a remote ICT visit instead of an onsite visit; saving time, energy, carbon waste and money!
- For example if your school, college or university just has software to deploy and some general server maintenance then through the SchoolCare technical support contract, ProFlex, you would benefit with 2 hours of remote ICT time for every 1 hour of contract time.
SchoolCare will be pleased to offer any school, college or University a free ‘Green ICT for Schools’ Survey of your ICT equipment. Contact us now and find out how your educational establishment can save money, and the environment, through our new Green ICT initiatives!
SchoolCare – one of the South of England’s leading provider of ICT services to education.
Areas covered include Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, London, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Suffolk, Surrey and West Sussex, East Sussex and Wiltshire.