The Consortium for School Networking’s Green Computing Initiative, launched a few years ago, provides tools to help school technology leaders reduce their school’s or district’s carbon footprint by conserving energy and reducing waste—while at the same time saving money.

The initiative’s website features an energy-use calculator that allows school technology leaders to estimate their kilowatt-hour use and related costs for current and planned computing and network infrastructure.

CoSN also offers a Green Computing Certification Program. The program recognizes school and district leaders who are taking the lead in establishing comprehensive green computing policies and following them up with targeted actions that reduce energy consumption, greenhouses gases, waste, and toxic pollutants.

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