College technology officials say environmentally friendly policies can save IT departments millions as campuses across the United States adjust to tighter operating budgets. At a forum discussion with chief information officers and campus administrators, Wendell C. Brase, vice chancellor for administrative and business services at the University of California Irvine, said tech officials should know their college's carbon footprint, promote more energy-efficient ways to cool servers, and cut energy usage in laboratories that generally use the majority of a campus's electricity.
Brase gave his presentation at the 10th annual EDUCAUSE conference in Orlando, where thousands gathered Oct. 28-31 to discuss the latest in higher-education technology use. Brase stressed that green policies should not be isolated to campus IT departments. At UC Irvine, he predicted, student housing would increase dramatically in the coming years, cutting down on the number of students who commute to class every day. 'This is the greenest thing a college or university can do,' he said, adding that about half of UC Irvine's students live on campus, a number well above the national average. Because students still will need transportation without their cars on campus, Brase said the campus has bought bio-diesel buses that are carbon neutral, meaning the amount of harmful carbons expelled by the vehicles is limited.