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Green ICT in education

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While energy-intensive ICT contributes greatly to global energy consumption, the adoption of sustainable practices through energy reduction, known generally as Green ICT, can be employed to lessen our carbon footprint. Examples include safe disposal of old ICT assets, corporate policy on the purchase of less harmful assets, implementation of waste reduction efforts (including reducing hardcopy output) and automated shutdown of unused computing capacity. In the field of education, personal and institutional solutions are being sought to minimise the environmental impacts of ICT use.


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Other, fundamental factors can be creatively considered when seeking measures to reduce the environmental impact of education. Some examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Education programmes designed to include opportunities for synchronous tutorial sessions facilitated (by teachers and/or students) online to reduce the number of face-to-face in-classroom hours that necessitate all participants to travel.
  • Activities designed to enable a range of collaboration approaches, which in turn reduce travel requirements.
  • Libraries that are searchable online, and that have eBooks that can be 'borrowed' or bought, and downloaded directly onto a student's computer.
  • Assessments that require the creation of ePortfolios rather than paper-based, printed files of work.
  • Guest speakers and simulations that can include students and experts from around the world, without the necessity of plane travel.

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