Green IT

  • Faculty & Staff

In February 2018, SAS Computing launched the GreenIT Initiative. Enrolled computers go into a low power standby mode when they are not in use between the hours of 5PM and 8AM, and on weekends. The computers wake up automatically every weekday at 8:30AM, and at 1:57 AM on Thursday into Friday nights for patching purposes.


What is stand-by mode?

Standby mode is an energy savings mode that does not shut the computer down but saves more energy than the regular sleep mode a computer goes in.

When will my computer go into standby?

The computers enrolled in the program enter standby between 5PM and 8AM if there is no user logged in, or if the logged in user has been idle longer than a half hour. If a user is logged in at 5PM, the program checks again at 5:30.

Will I lose any unsaved work?

No, any unsaved documents are preserved. They will not be deleted.

Will I still be able to remote desktop in?

Yes. If you are remoting in during normal business hours, you won't have to do anything special. If you are trying to use remote desktop before 8:30 or after 5PM on a weekday, or at any time on the weekend, you will need to enter your hostname or IP address at This will wake up your computer after a few seconds, allowing you to remote desktop. Please contact your LSP if you have any questions about this process

What if I am running an analysis on my computer overnight?

The program checks to see if the CPU seems to be showing use consistent with data analysis before putting the computer into standby.

Is this PC and Mac Compatible?

Yes, this works on PCs and Macs.

Are you shutting my computer down?

No, the computer is going into a standby mode that creates greater energy savings without shutting the computer down.

I’m a student, does this apply to the computer labs I use?

Depending on the building, the computer labs may already be following a similar power savings plan. In any case, it should not interrupt your usage of the lab.

Will this be campus wide?

No, this is an SAS initiative.