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Green I.T.

Information Technology supports environmentally responsible technology:

  • Working with PG & E, EPA and the Association of Bay Area Governments, IT has secured rebates for energy savings. To do so, we deployed computer workstation power management and computer server consolidation (virtualization).
  • Old computers and printers, miscellaneous electronics are recycled; we work with local schools to re-use where possible. Unusable equipment is recycled with State-approved e-waste recycling contractors, mostly with our Free EWaste Recycling Events. Certain used equipment is made available for the public by auction, on PublicSurplus.com.
  • Old computer monitors (CRT-types) are also recycled; we work with local schools to place monitors where possible. Unusable equipment is recycled with State-approved e-waste recycling contractors, mostly with our Free EWaste Recycling Events.
  • We monitor the performance of our computer facilities' A/C units, to minimize electrical power consumption.
  • We monitor computer electrical power needs, turning off unneeded equipment.
  • Old computer monitors have been replaced by low-power consuming LCD. These units are also better for users' eyes, and are more easily moved around the offices.
  • Cell phones are donated to local schools for recycling and ultimately used in the 9-1-1 program.
  • Packing materials are re-used where possible and recycled in appropriate containers for pickup by the City's waste hauler, Petaluma Refuse & Recycling.
  • We constantly devise methods of saving employee staff time and waste through "printing less" (almost paperless).
  • Our work is carefully scheduled to maintain customer service standards and simultaneously reduce emissions (driving less).

Information on EWaste Recycling

For more information:

photo of electronic recycling


Saving energy and protecting our environment is paramount to everything we do.

by Tim Williamson

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