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tpm is committed to expanding, developing and evaluating our sustainability policy and procedures in order to reduce our carbon footprint. We educate staff as well as students about sustainable issues to encourage positive changes in behaviour. We aim to minimise the adverse impact of our activities on the environment and seek solutions to environmental problems through adopting sound principles and implementing good practice.

Green IT

A key factor in the design of our ICT Network infra-structure was an ecological one. We wanted our use of IT hardware to be as ‘green’ as possible. The backend server environment is based around Microsoft’s HyperV virtual server, so only requires a single hardware platform as opposed to multiple physical servers. The hardware is ‘environmentally considerate’ having variable power consumption, so requires 50% less power during off-peak times. PC’s have also been replaced with thin-clients, which use a fraction of the power of a PC and automatically power down when not in use. They are also more sustainable than PC’s offering three times the lifetime due to their solid-state design and resist replacement every 2/3 years.

Other initiatives include: responsible energy utilisation and management through reduced consumption and the discouragement of litter, graffiti, noise and light pollution in learning environments. Further detail of our approach, commitment and procedures are contained in our ‘Environmental and sustainability Policy.

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