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336 Word Count 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 STAR 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 Works Cited Holmes James D and Marsden Katie A Computer Learning for the New Professional Houston Gulf Publishing 2003 Microsoft word 2002 Project 2 Shelly Cashman Series Course Technology 6 Nov 2003 httpwwwscsitecomwd2002pr2wc3htm Mobley Roger R Whats New in Computing
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