he TU-torials explain the most important digital Features, Tools and Services at TU Berlin. In this Video your digital Guide Sven explains “IT & environment”, the green-IT-strategy at TU Berlin. See other TU-torials below: TU-torial “Digital Identity”: https://youtu.be/4drsxYQ9Ku0 TU-torial “IT-Security”: https://youtu.be/dd2K5WSTNvo TU-torial “Basic IT-Services” https://youtu.be/0fUBIDmHMZY TU-torial “Communication” https://youtu.be/_e043LUbiog TU-torial “CfCM” https://youtu.be/7RKhU2DYY_4 This video is a production of the Center for Campusmanagement/TU Berlin.
Welcome to this video TU-torial!
My name is Sven, and in this video, I will
tell you how TU Berlin handles the purchase,
operation and disposal of IT resources, paying
special attention to environmental protection,
careful handling of resources and reducing
carbon dioxide emissions.
When it comes to IT, everything is about consumption
– both, the consumption of production resources
and the energy needed to operate a tech facility.
Whenever making decisions, each and every
one of us has the responsibility to keep an
eye on environmental protection.
While an individual can only do so much, we
as a group at TU Berlin have the power to
create a far greater impact, and thus, also
possess greater responsibility.
Anything the Center for Campus Management
does is based on their “Green IT” strategy
which can be summarised in a small but nice
little proverb:
“Less is more.”
The fewer resources are used when acquiring
IT; the less energy is used for operation;
the fewer resources are wasted when discarding
old devices … the better!
Whenever possible, only certified eco-friendly
hardware is purchased.
This includes operation as well as resource
requirements during production.
Operation is limited to the minimal amount
of small, adapted hardware with a focus on
Thin Client Technology which turns stationary
computers into mere terminals for software
running on servers.
In addition, outdated local server structures
and server rooms are going to be disposed
of because a centralisation will render duplications
unnecessary, both regarding workflow but also
This approach aims at fewer but highly efficient
data centres and server rooms, all intelligently
Each user can help operating these facilities
in an even more energy-saving way.
We constantly worry about power consumption
of our laptops and smartphones and their consequential
runtime – but why stop at mobile devices?
The stationary Computer is just as important
when looking at power consumption – reduce
it by simply using a darker display setting
or dark desktop design …
… optimising local energy management settings

… and asking yourself if you really need
to start up the computer right now or not.
Is the computer switched on, it can help saving
a lot of carbon dioxide elsewhere – for
example through the use of tubMeeting which
might render some of your planned business
trips unnecessary.
tubMeeting is a free streaming-based video
conference service that can be utilised by
all students and employees at TU Berlin.
For a “How to” on this, see the video
on the topic by clicking on the information
“I” up there or one of the links below
this video.
There, you will also find information on our
hardware rental service.
So, if you need a device such as a laptop
only for a short time period, the eco-friendly
way would be to rent instead of buying.
No matter how thought-out your last hardware
purchase might have been, eventually every
device will be outdated.
But before inconsiderately throwing it away,
maybe consider having it repaired or giving
it to a re-use enterprise.
Under no circumstances should old hardware
end up in the bin.
TU Berlin offers many locations to appropriately
dispose of no longer needed electronic business
devices – for example the Center for Campus
Management, CfCM (ZECM).
Alternatively, you can turn to buy-back centres
or collection services.
Protecting the environment through IT is an
important community project here at TU Berlin,
as only together, we can make a difference
to preserve the world’s precious resources,
save energy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
More videos on environmental topics can be
found by clicking on the information “I”
up here or the links listed underneath this
If you have any more questions, just contact
the CfCM (ZECM) directly – you’ll find
the details below.