AUNE’s Green Guru Advances Office Energy Efficiency

The Green Guru: Your Friendly Office Energy-Efficiency Auditor!

part of the AUNE “Carbon Counts: You Can Too!” series

Read the AASHE Blog post about the Green Guru program at AUNE.

Who can use the Green Guru service?

If you work at AUNE and have a computer, desk or office, then the Green Guru service is for YOU. The Green Guru is focusing on office and work space efficiency. See the Energy-Saving Tips page, for starters!

What is the Office Energy-Efficiency Audit service?

The Office Energy-Efficiency Audit service is designed to help all of us reduce and limit the carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions from our individual work spaces and from our campus commuting practices. Contact Sharon Bort, the Sustainability & Social Justice Coordinator, to get started!

Why participate in the Office Energy-Efficiency Audit service?

Antioch University New England has made a commitment to being carbon neutral by 2020, and we need everyone’s help to achieve that goal. Although we can’t see it directly, resources are consumed to light up our work space and to run our computers and other electronic devices. Producing electricity creates CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions that directly contribute to global warming. One of the easiest ways we can move toward reducing our CO2 output is by making small, easy (we promise) changes in our office areas.

How do I participate?

It’s easier than you think! Start with the tips and resources on these pages. Then, contact Josh with any questions you may have and to schedule your one-on-one Office Energy-Efficiency Audit.

Below are easy changes that be made by individuals in their own workspace to help reduce their carbon footprint.

Download the complete Green Guru Workspace Audit as a PDF.

Computer Energy Options

1) Laptops are more efficient than desktops.
2) Follow the steps to change your default energy settings.
3) Manually hibernate your computer if you’re going to be away for a while.
4) Turn your computer off if you are leaving overnight or for an extended time.
5) Remember to turn your monitor off, as well as the hard drive!

Lighting & Windows

1) Try task lighting or using daylight instead of overhead fluorescent lights.
2) Initiate a ‘Last Person Out’ rule to ensure that all lights are off at the end of the day.
3) If you need to open windows for comfort, remember to close them.
4) Use blinds to block heat from sun in warm months, and shut them at night in cold months to conserve the building’s heat. Blinds can be adjusted to let in light and block heat.

Printing & Copying

1) AUNE is working hard to achieve its goal of significantly reducing paper usage; please consider this before printing and copying.
2) Laser-Jet printers are more efficient than Ink-Jet! but better yet:
3) Using office-wide printers rather than individual printers saves energy, resources, & money.
4) Print and copy double-sided; use blank sides of unneeded work as scrap paper.
5) Many photocopiers have an ‘energy saver’ button that puts the machine to sleep while no one is using it. Pressing this button anytime you notice will save electricity.


1) Where is the closest Resource Recovery Station to your office? Are you using it?
2) Are you aware of the composting program on campus? Compost canisters for food scraps (except meats, dairy and oils) are located at resource recovery stations.
3) Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (in that order).

Helpful How-tos


Enabling the Power Management Feature On PCs Running Windows
1) In start menu, open Control Panel
2) Select ‘Power Options’ or ‘Energy Saving Features’
3) Change ‘Turn off monitor’ to after 5 or 10 minutes
4) Change ‘system standby’ to never
5) Change ‘system hibernates’ to after 30 minutes
6) Hit ‘apply’

Enabling the Power Management Feature On Macs
1) Go to the Apple icon
2) Select ‘Control Panel’ (or ‘System Preferences’)
3) Select ‘Energy Saver’
4) Select ‘Show details’ (if necessary)
5) Check ‘Separate timing for display sleep’
6) We recommend between 5-10 minuets for your display to sleep, and 30 minutes for your CPU to sleep.