Green IT: Saving Money, Saving the Environment (in higher education)
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 2pm, ET
“Technology drives higher education, but unfortunately, it’s also a tremendous drain on the environment. It doesn’t have to be that way. Innovative programs from Alcatel Lucent and Bell Labs are at the forefront of eco-sustainability efforts, providing ways to save money while saving the environment”
What: Green IT: Saving Money, Saving the Environment Webinar
When: Sept 10, 2-3pm ET
Presenters: Tim Goral, Moderator; Speakers to be announced
Costs: FREE! (due to sponsorship by Alcatel-Lucent)
Technology drives higher education, but unfortunately it’s also a tremendous drain on the environment. It doesn’t have to be that way. Innovative programs from Alcatel Lucent and Bell Labs are at the forefront of eco-sustainability efforts, finding ways to save money while saving the environment. Learn about equipment buy-back and “e-cycling” programs that put technology in user hands and keep harmful toxins out of the landfill. Hear about a data center cooling system that recycles waste heat for electricity-and produced a return on investment in just three months. Join a panel of experts to hear about these and other success stories, and get eco-friendly ideas that can be applied to any institution.
Details: found on the University Business Web Seminar series web page
See also their archives of past seminars.
Who are you buying from and how much do they actually recycle? An article in CNET gives some details on the recycling of the big companies but the problem is there is no standard way for companies to calculate such statistics, you are reading their individual companies’ corporate reports, and so much of the stats rely on the consumers actually bringing in items to recycle. But here is what CNET article offers: Office Depot says they recycled almost 1.5 million pounds of old tech equipment in a year but asks customers to pay $5, $10, or $15 for a box they can fill with everything from printers to digital cameras. Staples started recycling in May 2007 and by the end of the year they say they have recycled 2 million pounds of tech junk. They charge $10 per large item regardless of where you originally bought it. Hewlett-Packard has had a recycling program since 1987 and offers money towards new purchases for recycling. As of June 2007, they state they have recycled more than 1 billion pounds of electronics with a goal to reach 2 billion pounds by the end of 2010. In 2007, Apple collected about 21 million pounds of e-waste in 95% of countries where it sells products. Dell offers free consumer recycling and in 2 years announced they had recycled about 255 million pounds of its own products. IBM says it has collected and recovered from 1995 -2007 more than 1.5 billion pounds of product and product waste worldwide.
if you are thinking about recycling your computer, here is an article on How to wipe your hard drive clean before you drop it off, wherever you choose.
Greenpeace has created a scorecard for the CEOs of the largest IT companies that shows how they rate on climate leadership.Samuel Palmisano of IBM is ahead of others with its ‘smart planet’ program. But Jonathan Schwartz of Sun has the same score with the best position on climate advocacy. Read more and find out where the others fall on the list.
FREE online symposium series produced by Janet Salmons (Vison2Lead), IGI Global and Elluminate Events. Dr Ezendu Ariwa, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Green Computing (IJGC), will be the lead presenter for all session:
- MAY 21, noon EST: Green Computing and Facilities Management
- JUNE: Green Computing and Healthcare Informatics
- JULY: Green Computing and Renewable Energy Technologies (also w/ Dr. Donald Swift-Hook)
- AUGUST: Green Computing: What does the future hold? (also w/ Zahl Limbuwala )
Register and more info.
Worth a read if you want to learn more about the concept of greening your information technology area of the library. It covers video teleconference, virtualization, recycling, energy efficiency, and other ideas.
Naditz, Alan. (2008) Green IT 101: Technology Helps Businesses and Colleges Become Enviro-Friendly. Sustainability, 1( 5 ), 315-318. DOI: 10.1089/SUS.2008.9931
Note – the article was published in the Sustainability: The Journal of Record, from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. who also publishes Environmenal Justice, and Ecopsychology, a new journal as of 2009.
You probably have seen the TV ads from IBM about their green initiatives and you can learn more by checking out their Web site. They state that they are working on making existing and new services, products, and practices more efficient for both business and having a lesser environmental impact through being environmental leaders in business. They offer news and information about what they are doing especially in the Big Green Innovations area, as well as, ideas for energy efficient IT for all sizes and types of business and strategies for “greener” solutions. You can select on the drop down menu on the right side of this page, the industry ecosystem (for libraries probably government) and get a portal of information related to that industry. Worth perusing their site if you are interested in what IBM is doing to be more “green.”
eSchool News has a great Web page on green computing. Its a compiled list of resources that are eco-friendly – more than just good for the environment but also saving energy and thus money for schools. This page includes recent news items such as School leaders get advice on ‘green’ computing and New publication offers energy-efficiency guidance for K-12 schools, as well as links to Web sites such as Energy Smart Schools and The Alliance to Save Energy’s Green Schools Project The Web site also features Earth Walk, Eco-Friendly Technology Solutions for e-Learning Environments, which can help you discover equipment and technology solutions that are more resource efficient, without sacrificing performance.
Also, check out The Chronicle’s Tech Therapy podcast on How Green is your IT? here is their summary:
“There’s a good chance your college already boasts a couple of green buildings, but does it have a green technology department? Scott Carlson and Warren Arbogast explain what campus CIOs can do to save energy and resources on IT.”
Since 2001, Ready2Net (from CSU Monterey Bay) offers TV broadcasts, podcasts, and streamed webcasts programs relating to the Internet evolution and technologies for higher education. Anyone can watch these for FREE. One currently available is called Green Computing and Higher Education, the 3 R’s, which discusses ways to conserve energy and to promote more sustainable solutions in labs and data centers (60 mins). You have to register so they keep track of web casts participation but they are free to view whenver you wish either in Quicktime or Windows Media Stream.