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Title:Life-Cycle Thinking: What can IT do to be Green?
Author(s):Ho, Shuyuan Mary; Metcalfe, Conrad F.
Subject(s):Sustainability
Campus Operations
Abstract:Sustainability is a critical theme in transforming both our environment and our society to adapt to the rigorous demands of the future. This paper serves an educational purpose, and introduces the central concept of sustainability; life-cycle thinking. Three fundamental problems are discussed with the purpose of highlighting the importance and awareness of energy use, environmental protection, and the potential for climate change. Our current industrialized economy is highly dependent on non-renewable fossil fuels that have many negative effects on our way of life, and it will take the combined efforts of every sector of society to develop suitable alternatives. In response, this paper examines the role of information technology (IT) in assisting sustainable activities which can transform our economy, environment and society. We discuss several opportunities for change, such as innovation, new technology adoption, manufacturing, cyber-infrastructure, IT management for campus operations, and IT research into sustainability activities, etc. in the context of how information technology – and iSchool activities can support transformation to a green economy. In conclusion, the importance of green activities - and research into opportunities for sustainability are emphasized.
Issue Date:2009-02-08
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/15239
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-03-24


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