Computing Recommendations

Wellesley has an institution wide preference to purchase EPEAT Gold computers and monitors.


  • Print double-sided (duplex printing), instructions for:

    Print 2 pages (or more for PowerPoint) on a page

  • Shake the toner cartridge from side to side when printer reads "toner low"
  • Purchase high-yield toner and recycled paper
  • Use "Print Preview" before printing to make sure you know how long a document is and that you're only printing what you need
  • Only print a document once unless you get an error message -- if the document doesn't print make sure you are printing to the correct printer


  • Shut down printers, scanners, and computers at night (plug USB-powered scanners into computers only when needed)
  • Check your computer energy settings and set the computer to sleep after a reasonable period of inactivity. The following recommendations can be adjusted to your individual needs:

Windows Computers:

  • Go to the Start menu > Control Panel > Power Options . If you do not see the "Power Options" icon click "Classic View" on the left hand side.
    • Turn off monitor: After 20 mins
    • Turn off hard disks: After 1 hr
    • System standby: After 2 hrs

Macintosh Computers:

  • Go to the Apple menu > System Preferences > Energy Saver > Sleep tab.
    • Put the computer to sleep when it's been inactive for: 1 hr
    • Put the display to sleep when it's been inactive for: 20 mins
    • Put the hard disks to sleep when possible: check box

Office documents

  • Make information available online instead of in print format
  • Edit documents using track changes instead of using printed documents for editing


  • Recycle batteries in designated boxes in Knapp

What not to do

  • Don't reuse already printed paper in the printers (it causes jams)

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