The Information Technology Department uses industry best practices to achieve maximum Green benefits in all aspects of technology operations. By integrating and implementing a Green IT strategy, Information Technology can influence the financial health of our City and the ecological health of our community.
The Green IT strategy encompasses all components of IT operation such as desktops, monitors, keyboards, mice, laptops, printers, copiers, scanners, phones, cell phones and wireless devices. It also includes network switches, routers, servers, modems and wiring. All desktops and laptops meet industry standards for electronic products developed by EPEAT and are Energy Star rated.
Green IT Strategy
- Determine the total energy consumption of the Information Technology Department
- Monitor the energy consumption on a regular basis
- Identify areas for energy savings
- Establish metrics to reduce energy consumption
- Implement programs to reduce energy consumption
- Implement the currently available solutions
- Solicit energy saving ideas from the users
- Collaborate with the users to implement power saving techniques
- Electronic Data Interface (EDI) - The Information Technology Department, in partnership with the Facilities Management division, implemented the City's first electronic data interface within PeopleSoft Financials system. This interface allows the Facilities Management division to receive and process over 760 monthly account payments electronically from Progress Energy. The EDI also sends data to Periscope, Facilities Management's energy dashboard software, allowing energy demand and consumption tracking and trending at the facility level. The EDI assists in providing quality data to ensure the City complies with Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, Greenhouse Gas reduction targets and the City Managers strategic focus area for Environmental Initiatives.
- Multifunction Printer Program - The Information Technology Department implemented a managed print solution that allows departments to consolidate several printers, scanners, copiers and fax machines with more energy efficient multifunction printers.
- Server Consolidation - The City has consolidated computer servers from standalone servers to multiple virtual servers running on a single physical server. In addition to reducing the amount of electricity for powering servers, this reduces the data center's cooling needs and further reduces the City's carbon footprint.