Computer Science
Green Information and Communications Technology Strategies


Computer Science
Green Information and Communications Technology Strategies

Unit 1: Politics, Science, and Business of Sustainability

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Welcome to COMP _ _ _: Green Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Strategies.

Green ICT (green IT or green computing) is the study and practice of using computers and telecommunications in a way that maximizes positive environmental benefit and minimizes the negative impact.

The energy efficiency of operating equipment is a major concern of green technology strategies.

The embodied energy and lifecycle of the materials used in the design, manufacture, reuse, and recycling of equipment and components are also concerns.

This course approaches the subject from a professional perspective, providing instruction on how best to apply green ICT strategies in a working environment.

This course is based on a course developed by Tom Worthington in Australia and adapted for Canada by Brian Stewart at Athabasca University. If you are interested, you can view  First Global Green ICT Course and Understanding Climate Science, presented by Tom Worthington.

You will notice many references to Australian and Canadian policy and practice. Australian references are prominent as the course originated from the Australian National University (ANU). In addition, the Australian government has taken a relatively aggressive approach to global climate change. Legislation in most countries has yet to catch up with that of our Australian counterparts, so referencing Australian “rules” helps both to demonstrate the practicality of policy application and to suggest possible approaches for other countries. As you proceed through the course, you will be asked to research and think about policy and practice where you live.

The course has no prescribed text or copyrighted materials, for two reasons:

  • First, the open nature of the course (under a Creative Commons license) allows for reproduction by other institutions without copyright restrictions. This will allow for qucker development of green ICT courses and faster dissemination of information, which is essential given the global climate situation.
  • Second, from a teaching standpoint, the knowledge in this field is developing rapidly, so the body of knowledge is a work in progress. Therefore, this course takes a practitioner’s perspective and helps you develop the ability to find relevant sources that will make it easier to adopt green ICT practices and influence behaviours within your organization.

Bonus! This approach provides is the opportunity to increase your information and environmental literacy skills. You will have valuable practice in finding and evaluating information, documenting sources, posting to discussion forums, and adding entries to a collaborative glossary. These activities develop skills are all transferable to make you more effective in any business or professional capacity.

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