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ERIC Number: EJ864634
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1527-6619
Low-Carbon Computing
Hignite, Karla
EDUCAUSE Review, v44 n6 p34-36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46-48, 50 Nov-Dec 2009
Green information technology (IT) is grabbing more mainstream headlines--and for good reason. Computing, data processing, and electronic file storage collectively account for a significant and growing share of energy consumption in the business world and on higher education campuses. With greater scrutiny of all activities that contribute to an institution's carbon footprint, information technology operations represent a largely untapped reservoir for energy reduction. In addition to specific efforts to reduce carbon emissions, green IT must be seen as more than an effort to reduce overall waste or limit consumption. Rather, a strategic vision for green IT must incorporate forward-reaching efforts that seek to curtail technology's environmental impact. The good news is that upfront costs for a number of opportunities have a short payback time in terms of the energy and financial savings they can produce. The college and university examples highlighted in this article point to the breadth of possibilities for shrinking IT's carbon load and the importance of working in concert to put green IT at the top of an institution's strategic agenda. Going forward, every institution should factor in the exponential impact IT can and already does have--positively or negatively--on campus sustainability success. Six Strategies for Cutting Virtual Carbon and IT's Assessment of Campus Sustainability are presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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