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Computer Power Management

As of September 2013, the Office of Information Technology (OIT), in partnership with the Campus Sustainability Office (CSO) has applied power management to most campus computers and monitors. The resulting energy savings will directly support the goals of our Climate Action Plan, save University funds to be spent elsewhere, and promote the sustainability mission that is central to PSU’s values.

  • Out of approximately 6,000 computers on campus, 5,000 now have power management settings applied. This amounts to a savings of approximately 15,000 kWh every month, or 180,000 kWh per year!

Power management settings save energy by putting a computer and monitor to sleep after a certain period of inactivity. When a computer is in a sleep state, it is like pausing a DVD player—the computer immediately stops what it’s doing, maintains all open documents and programs, and is ready to start again when you want to resume working.


The project team has developed 3 categories of computers related to power management settings: Normal, Monitor Only, and Public Display. Most users will be in the ‘Normal’ category.

Click here for more information about power management and to read OIT's policy.

Category Monitor Sleeps Computer Sleeps Typical Use Members of this Category
Normal 15 Minutes (5 for Auxs depts)
20 Minutes Normal office use computers
Monitor Only 15 Minutes (5 for Auxs depts)
Never Computers that people Remote Desktop into, Computers that record/serve data from/to other machines.  
Public Display * Never Never Kiosks, Instructor stations, computers used to display information to passers-by while no one is actively using them.

* When appropriate these computers and monitors should be turned off when not in use.  
(Macintosh computers are not yet in the scope of this project.)

Early-Adopter Departments
  • University Budget Office
  • Human Resources Department
  • Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care & Education
  • National Policy Consensus Center
  • Transportation & Parking Services
  • Campus Planning Office
  • Campus Sustainability Office
  • Conference & Events: Smith Memorial Student Union Office
  • Housing & Residence Life: University Housing Office
  • Admissions
  • New Student Programs
  • Registration
  • Financial Aid
  • Academic and Career Services
  • The Learning Center
  • Disability Resource Center
  • Student Health and Counseling
  • Dean of Student Life Office
  • Student Legal Services
  • Student Activities and Leadership Programs
  • Queer Resource Center
  • Women's Resource Center
  • Viking Information Center
  • Resource Center for Students with Children
  • Cultural Centers
  • Native American Student and Community Center
  • Diversity and Multicultural Student Services
  • La Casa Latina
  • Student Support Services
  • Upward Bound/Educational Talent Search
  • Campus Recreation
  • Vice President of EMSA Office
  • Enrollment Management Communication Technology
  • Enrollment Management and Student Affairs IT
  • Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Business Operations
  • Oregon Volunteers
  • Viking Vets
  • PSU Student Organizations


  • National Policy Consensus Center: NPCC rolled out department wide power management settings almost a year ago with no disruptions to users.OIT was able to accommodate our request to exclude one computer from the implementation whose function requires us to keep it operational at all times. The transition went smoothly and was not noticed by staff although they were aware of the changes taking place.
Thank you for supporting energy conservation at Portland State!