Green IT in a Digital Generation

Technology and community

United Nations defined sustainability as: “Sustainability calls for a decent standard of living for everyone today without compromising the needs of future generations. “
Caring about the environment is not that complicated or difficult, it doesn't mean investing in solar panels or buying an electric car. It simply can be looking at the way we live our everyday lives and the things we use on daily basis. For example electronic devices or IT services we use.

It services that we use is responsible for %2 of CO2 emissions the same as aviation industry. So it is logical if we think of a sustainable approach to green IT. There are some primary goal for green IT. First: reducing energy, usage and cost, capacity and performance, all by maintaining and cooling issues. Second: social responsibility
With the concept of “Internet of things” already in place and increasing use of IT services “Green IT” is not just a buzz word.

So we are interested to raise the awareness about this industry from the beginning by explaining the lifecycle of hardware and their effect on the environment to the “Data Centres” and IT services that have become part of daily life.
The hope is students which are the “Digital Generation” share their point of view and prospect about this matter.

 

21 November - "Life of Electronics"

Whilst Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) offer immense possibilities of economic growth and human development to the developed world, these opportunities are often not extended to citizens of developing countries and instead cause pollution and sub-standard labour conditions. We not only want to focus on the environmental and social issues of electronics, but engage our participants in the discussion of how to alter current practices. Part of this will be to encourage our participants to think about the potential uses of ICTs for sustainability.

We will aim to achieve this by showing them alternatives to our current consumption of electronics, helping them to self-help by demonstrating the repair of electronics and opening the debate on how to utilise ICTs to empower citizens around the globe to consume more sustainably.

January/ February: Lectures and Talks

March/ April: Students' Competition