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Archive for the ‘Resources’ Category

Sustainable IT Competency Centre formed on campus

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Having learnt from successfully driving other cross-institutional projects such as the web portal project, we are experimenting with creating another virtual structure to drive Sustainable IT (SustIT) across the university. There are many players involved who do not report into the IT Division, so we have formed the SustIT CC with the following goals:

  • Develop, share and disseminate knowledge through collaboration
  • Create awareness on campus of Sustainable IT
  • Coordinate various SustIT projects and project teams
  • Advise management with regard to policy – and create policy
  • Be a resource for the emerging Sustainable Campus & Energy initiatives
  • Liaise with ASAUDIT’s Green IT SIG and EDUCAUSE’s SUSTAIN group.

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HE IT Directors start Green IT SIG

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Last week at the Association of South African University Directors of Information Technology’s (ASAUDIT) bi-annual meeting, the IT Directors resolved to start a Green IT special interest group (SIG). Yours truly was asked to convene the SIG. It was gratifying to note the interest from many of the universities and professionals who were present. A surprising number of us are trained in environmental science and related fields too, I discovered.

Recycling cellphones

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Around 44% of old cellphones are lying around unused. Between 65% and 80% of the material content of a cellphone can be recycled or re-used… Now you are able to deposit old cellphones at cellphone outlets in South Africa for recycling… (more…)

Microsoft relaunches Green IT site

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Microsoft recently launched it’s new-look Environment site, including a Green IT section which focuses on energy and cost savings. White papers, case studies, energy calculators and solutions deal with energy savings in the data centre and on the desktop – and also with the benefits of using online collaboration tools instead of long-distance travel to meetings.

EDUCAUSE resources in Sustainable IT

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

EDUCAUSE, an American association that promotes the intelligent use of ICT in higher education and of which we are an international member, has published useful information relating to sustainable and “green” IT practice in universities in the USA.

Visit EDUCAUSE’s Sustainable Campus and Green Computing pages for an overview of what’s available and consider joining the Sustainable IT Group listserv. Of value is a number of downloadable presentations from the EDUCAUSE 2008 conference published as How to go green: sustainable computing in Higher Ed.