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Baruch Computing and Technology Center (BCTC)

New Power Down Policy

To: Baruch College Faculty and Staff

From: President Stan Altman, Mindy Engle-Friedman, and Arthur Downing

Beginning December 1, 2009, Baruch College will join public institutions and agencies across the state in an important effort to reduce energy consumption. In compliance with a state mandate from The Office of Taxpayer Accountability (OTA), Baruch College will be implementing a “Power Down” policy for computers and printers within the Baruch College network.

We understand that the use of your computer is a vital part of the work you do on a daily basis, and you are likely wondering how the Power Down Policy will affect this. The Baruch College Computing and Technology Center (BCTC) is working hard to ensure that the mandate has minimal impact on users. The primary implications of this policy are as follows:

• After 30 minutes of inactivity, your computer will automatically go into sleep mode until you restore full power when you are ready to resume work;
• Your computer will not be shut down—it will remain turned on while in sleep mode.

No doubt, you will have questions about this new policy. For your convenience, we have created a Power Down FAQ page to answer common questions about this initiative. The page will be updated periodically to reflect the latest news regarding this policy. You will also be able to contact BCTC with your questions and concerns at or 646-312-1010.

We know you join us in the desire to make Baruch College a greener and more sustainable campus. This policy allows each of us to do something positive in that direction every day. It will also save a great deal of money—up to $30 per computer per year. With nearly 5,000 computers on campus, that can amount to an annual savings of approximately $150,000. By reducing our energy usage, we at Baruch College are making a significant contribution to global efforts aimed at reducing carbon emissions and ultimately affecting climate change. Hundreds of colleges throughout the country are already engaged in similar movements toward sustainability.

We look forward to keeping you informed as we proceed with this initiative and appreciate your efforts.


Stan Altman
President, Baruch College

Mindy Engle-Friedman
Baruch College Sustainability Task Force

Arthur Downing