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Green Computing Research Paper
Green computing involves reducing the electricity and environmental waste while using a computer. Computers use, and, often waste, resources such as electricity and paper. Society has become aware of this waste and is taking measures to combat it.
The Energy Star program encourages manufactures to create energy-efficient devices that require little power are not in use. For example, many devices switch to standby mode after a specified number of inactive minutes. Personal computers, monitors and printers should comply with the ENERGY STAR program, which was developed by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and the United States Environmental Agency (EPA). Therefore, computers and devices that meet ENERGY STAR guidelines display an ENERGY STARÃÂ® label (Mobley9-24).
Similarly, unused, obsolete, or damaged computers and devices require special care. Computers, monitors and other equipment may contain toxic materials and potentially dangerous elements including lead, mercury, and flame-retardants.
In a landfill, these materials release into the environment. Likewise, do not store obsolete computers and devices in you basement, storage rooms, attic, warehouse or any other location. Experts recommend refurbishing or recycling the equipment. For this reason, local governments are working on methods to make it easy for the consumer to recycle this type of equipment. Manufacturers can use the millions of pounds of recycled raw material in products such as outdoor furniture and automotive parts (Holmes and Marsden 56-64).
Finally, to further reduce the environmental impact of computing, simply alter a few habits. Such as, use computers and devices that comply with the ENERGY STAR program, recycle old computers, printers and toner cartridges, turn off your monitor, printer and other devices when not in use (Microsoft Word 2002 project 2).
Holmes, James D and Marsden, Katie A "Computer Learning for the New...