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Archive for the ‘HE SustIT initiatives’ Category

SA Green IT SIG Webinar 3

Friday, November 19th, 2010

South Africa’s higher education IT sector held its third Green IT special interest group (SIG) webinar today under the auspices of the South African University Directors of Information Technology (ASAUDIT).  There were 11 participants from SU, UCT, NMMU, UP, UNISA and UJ. Kimon de Greeff and Charl Souma of the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Adriaan Vorster of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) presented on the following:

  1. Kimon – UCT’s online car pooling systems for students, RideLink
  2. Adriaan – UJ’s renovation of its data centre cooling
  3. Charl – update on UCT’s e-waste initiative
  4. Charl – UCT’s energy-monitoring system under implementation.

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Benchmarking Sustainable IT at universities

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Our peers in Australia (CAUDIT) have progressed much further with benchmarking between universities – including benchmarking on the sustainable IT or “green IT” front. South Africa’s equivalent HE IT association, ASAUDIT, has largely adopted CAUDIT’s benchmarking metrics. The Green IT benchmarking metrics are discussed briefly below.

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SA Green IT SIG Webinar 2

Friday, April 30th, 2010

South Africa’s higher education sector held its second Green IT special interest group (SIG) webinar yesterday under the auspices of the South African University Directors of Information Technology (ASAUDIT).  There were 13 participants from SU, UCT, NMMU and RU. Charl Souma of the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Dolf Krige from Stellenbosch University (SU) each gave a slide and audio presentation on sustainable IT initiatives on their respective campuses via Adobe Connect’s webinar infrastructure. (more…)

SA Green IT SIG webinar

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

South Africa’s higher education sector held an inaugural Green IT special interest group (SIG) webinar recently under the auspices of the South African University Directors of Information Technology (ASAUDIT).  Steve Viljoen from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and Ralph Pina from Stellenbosch University (SU) each gave a slide and audio presentation on sustainable IT initiatives on their respective campuses via Adobe Connect’s webinar infrastructure. The idea of a webinar emphasised the role that IT can play in reducing travel and carbon footprints in the HE sector.

The feedback was very positive as to the content and the user experience of the webinar:

Webinar evaluation

The webinar was attended by approximately 18 individuals from 5 institutions (SU, Cape Town (UCT), UNISA, Pretoria (UP) and NMMU). To date 12 individuals from 8 institutions (out of 23) have indicated a definite interest in participating in the activities of the SIG and sharing knowledge and best practices. The institutions are UCT, Walter Sisulu (WSU), UNISA, UP, NMMU, Rhodes (RU), Witwatersrand & SU.

Sustainable IT initiatives in universities

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

The following fascinating chart plots sustainable IT interventions in terms of implementation difficulty versus impact. It was created as part of a study of strategies employed by universities and community colleges in the state of  Maryland, USA by Suresh Balakrishnan and Donald Spicer (2008). The sizes of the bubbles represent the implementation stage and pervasiveness of the interventions (small = in planning and/or at few sites; large = mature and/or broadly in place). (Click on the graphic to view it at full size)

Analysis of Sustainable IT Initiatives in HE (source: Balakrishnan, S. & Spicer, D.Z. 2008. "Climate change, campus commitments and IT". Research bulletin, Issue 20. Boulder, USA: EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research. Available from: http://www.educause.edu/ecar.

Analysis of Sustainable IT Initiatives in HE (source: Balakrishnan, S. & Spicer, D.Z. 2008. "Climate change, campus commitments and IT". Research bulletin, Issue 20. Boulder, USA: EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research. Available from: http://www.educause.edu/ecar.

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