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Student Email at Queen’s


What’s so great about the cloud


For Students


Microsoft Office 365 has a feature-rich web interface and integrates seamlessly with mobile devices. Because it’s hosted in the cloud it offers a 25GB – yup, a 25GB!! – mailbox.


That’s 250 x more storage and that’s a win for students.


For the Environment


A study of a medium-sized university1 found that hosting data on campus uses about 9,000,000 kWhrs of energy and that produces about 12,000,000 pounds of carbon.2 It would take approximately 4,000 acres of Douglas firs to absorb the resulting emissions.3


As a result of hosting student email in the cloud, ITServices will retire six servers and students will be able to use more efficient devices. These are great steps in Queen’s commitment to living green.4


Microsoft also has a commitment to living green and is working toward being carbon neutral.5


For the Bottom Line


Power, security, maintenance, storage and hardware are expensive.


Microsoft hosts Office 365 at zero additional cost for data storage. That’s why many Canadian universities are now offering email in the cloud.


And in 2013... 25,000 Queen’s undergrads will be in the cloud too.


Cited Sources


  1. April 2005, "Environmental Impact of Computer Information Technology in an Institutional Setting: A Case Study at the University of Guelph" by Melanie Adamson, Robert Hamilton, Kathryn Hutchison, Kaitlin Kazmierowski, Joming Lau, Deigh Madejski, and Nicole MacDonald.
  2. July 2007,"I Wanna Go Green… So Show Me The Math!" by Kimberly Crandell.
  3. In order to determine the CO2 emissions produced by 12,000,000 pounds of carbon, we contacted a Doctor of Chemical Engineering to make the calculation.
  4. Queen's commitment to Living Green.
  5. Microsoft's plan to be carbon neutral by 2013.


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