This video offers advice on how to be green at work by suggesting a few easy changes that you and your co-workers can make to save the environment [2:02]
Step 10: work with your IT department to see about making sure your Microsoft Windows machines complete necessary defragmenting and patch-management before they turn themselves off on a schedule through the network. Don't unilaterally unplug your managed computer.
We are struggling with these issues at our university, and it is turning out to be far from simple. For example, some professors work late into the night. Slowly inching through committee is a proposal to create management groups for lab computers that can patch, defragment, and then shut down when the labs are closed.