Oct. 21, 2009
Marcie Cambigue, right, Morningside's notebook coordinator and purchasing agent, gives student Laura Thompson her new laptop computer.
Photo by Michelle Delaney.
As part of efforts to be environmentally friendly, Morningside College began providing eco-friendly computers to students.
Morningside has been providing a laptop computer to each incoming full-time student on campus since 2002. Also, it replaces that laptop with a new computer at the beginning of the student’s junior year. Now Morningside College is offering students a choice between two eco-friendly computers, the Dell Latitude E6400 and the Apple MacBook Pro.
“There was no reason why we couldn’t buy greener IT equipment. We even took it one step further and we recycle our products,” said Marcie Cambigue, notebook coordinator and purchasing agent.
Cambigue said having eco-friendly computers means there will be less damage to the environment in the long run. Landfills will have less waste from computers and packing supplies. The computers also leave a much smaller carbon footprint, meaning that from production to shipping, less energy is used.
Another way these computers are being environmentally friendly is through packaging. They are packed in recyclable packaging and in smaller boxes that produce less waste.
Furthermore, the batteries can be recycled. There are numerous spots around campus where they can be put and disposed of properly.
The eco-friendly computers have LED (light-emitting diode) monitors instead of the older-style monitors with harmful mercury. Other positives of LED monitors are they use less energy and have a brighter, better picture with a broader color spectrum.
Both the Dell and Mac laptop meet the highest environmental standard and the Energy Star 4.0 standard.