25. March 2011 · 1 comment · Categories: greentech

I’m just collecting some readings for my grad course next week, for which the topic is Green IT. Here’s what I came up with:

Murugesan seems to give the best overview, although I also like the case studies in the GeSI report. The latter is dated November 2010, so it’s pretty much up to date.

The WWF report makes the important point that as the energy consumption of computers only make up about 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions, the potential for incremental solutions that focus on more energy efficient computing are relatively small, while the potential for emissions reduction by applying smart IT solutions to other sectors (e.g. reducing the need for travel, smart buildings, dematerialization) is much greater. Hence the suggested shift in terminology, from “Green IT” to “Greening with IT”.

Which brings me to another plug for Bill Tomlinson’s excellent book, “Greening through IT“, which I ought to get around to reviewing properly…

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  1. Here are some papers that might be relavent to your topic:

    1. Tracy A. Jenkin, Jane Webster, and Lindsay McShane. 2011. An agenda for ‘Green’ information technology and systems research. Inf. Organ. 21, 1 (January 2011), 17-40.

    2. Melville, N. P. 2010. “Information Systems Innovation for Environmental Sustainability,” MIS Quarterly (34:1), pp. 1-21.

    3. Watson, R. T., Boudreau, M.-C., and Chen, A. J. W. 2010. “Information Systems and Environmentally Sustainable Development: Energy Informatics and New Directions for the IS Community,” MIS Quarterly (34:1), pp. 23-38.

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