Michael Welch

Michael Welch

Information Technologist in UNH IT

How can people be more sustainable with their IT choices and behavior?

We can start by making informed choices when considering computer purchases. We consume fewer resources and create less waste by upgrading existing computers and buying fewer devices. When buying new, plan to keep your computer longer by choosing a model that can be easily upgraded, and get the most energy efficient options you can afford. Buy computers and IT services from vendors who espouse green computing practicesRecycle your old electronics properly. In everyday use of computers, turn off screens if you aren't actively using them. Enable power management settings on computers and other devices (sleep mode, reduced power processor, disk idle, etc.). Turn off computers when not in use for longer periods of time. If your job allows it, save fuel and telecommute. And for departments and system admins, if you need a server, go virtual. There’s a wealth of information on smart buying and energy savings in IT (and beyond) on the Energy Star website

What do you do as a member of the Energy Task Force (ETF)?

I represent UNH IT at the table and I work to make sure that we do our part to be good stewards of energy on campus. I also work with the folks in the ETF to identify and solve current and future energy challenges at UNH.

What motivates you personally to be involved in sustainability?

I’m passionate about the efficient and effective use of our finite natural resources. We need to take our roles as caretakers of the earth seriously if we expect to leave behind a world in which future generations can prosper.


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