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Green Cloud presentation for the International Green IT Awareness Week 2012

This year I’m participating again as a Speaker in support of the International Green IT Awareness Week 2012 (IGITAW), in cooperation with “Proserpina Business Service and “Acquisti&Sostenibilità”.

International Green IT Awareness Week 2012

This annual conference is being held from 1st-7th June 2012. Foundation for IT Sustainability, the Australian not for profit initiative organiser, will be hosting a major virtual (online) conference during the week according to this calendar. IGITAW will engage a global network of green IT professionals, experts and organizations to present a series of engaging, pragmatic and thought-provoking presentations. The aim of the presentations will be to equip attendees with a range of skills and the knowledge necessary to take action on green IT, however big or small.

Speakers will be presenting through live video conferencing and webcasts; and will be addressing critical issues including the cultural change around green IT, showcasing case studies, discussing research, presenting on practical implementation and tips for implementing best practices for both home and business technology users.

The week of Free education and action was developed to encourage individuals and organizations to demand more from themselves and their partners, holding each other to account for our impact on the environment. The initiative also aims to encourage those individuals and organizations to bring together their CIO, IT Directors along with their business managers, CFO and COE’s to start the discussion around what their organization can do to green their IT infrastructure. You can freely register on IGITAW and browse other resources on Foundation for IT Sustainability

My presentation “Green Cloud: Can the cloud revolution help ICT sustainability, too?” went live on the IGITAW event website at 9:00am CEST on Wednesday 6th June 2012 (i.e. Rome & Central EU summer time) now its also available on http://youtu.be/ZckHh3iQY5M

Green Cloud

My LIVE Q&A Chat Session is scheduled for Wednesday June 6th 2012 – 3:00pm-3:30pm CEST. http://www.greenitweek.org/component/content/article/312

A pdf with the 40 slides and on-demand recording playback is available at http://greenitweek.org/images/stories/downloads/donatotoppeta.pdf

The Key Discussion Points of my “Green Cloud” speech are:

  • The cloud as a major revolution in the procurement of ICT services that can help sustainability, but not all the cloud providers are using clean energy sources as Greenpeace pointed out.
  • How some cloud computing best practices are addressing the energy efficiency and the other ICT sustainability issues?
  • Which ICT services from the cloud can provide more sustainable alternatives to companies and consumers?
  • Privacy, globalization, cyber risks, labour consolidation, and other hidden aspects of the cloud versus social responsibility.
  • A glimpse to the future driven by Internet of Things demand for massive cloud computing power.

My Presentation Synopsis is: “Cloud computing is a radical innovation not only for the ICT sector, but also for the organizations, business, social networks on a global scale. It can provide a terrific contribution to speed up the adoption of energy efficient data centers, matched with low power end-user devices. It is also enabling access to advanced computing resources to SME or less developed countries, changing the supply chain and e-waste collection of central ICT resources, providing new resources for scientific research in the environmental field. But at the same time, it creates new potential issues due to the fast growing power needed for cloud data centers, some providers are leveraging energy efficiency and renewable electric sources, while others are using electricity from cheap carbon or nuclear power plants. There are other aspects related to the shift in the power of a centralized, capital intensive model in delivering of services in a global scenario where laws, including those related to the privacy, are different according to the countries and ICT employment is moved from building and operating infrastructure to developing apps or creating new cloud enabled start-up. This section try to address some of the good, bad, and ugly of the cloud computing versus the vision of a sustainable model, that involves the ICT industry and the indirect contribution of ICT to a more sustainable world”

In my blog you can find these related previous posts (but much more updated content is in my speech):

The recording of my presentation made during the first edition of the Green IT Awareness Week 2010 “From ICT supply chain sustainability to ICT tools that can help to measure, certify, lower the impact of the supply chain for other products.” Is still available online.

I’ll appreciate your feedback!

Donato

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Smart City from IBM and Innovatori JAM

IBM has presented yesterday, during the Smarter Cities Europe analyst briefing in Milan, a new, very interesting solution (including a Lecture by Colin Harrison, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor):  the IBM Intelligent Operations Center for Smarter Cities for building a more resilient society starting from sustainable smart cities using and holistic, ICT enabled approach. IBM Italy also showed a new demo room: “Major Smart Office” based on it (even if personally I was not too excited about the early version of the demo itself, because integration from some of best of breed projects missed a clear focus to the specific needs of a public local administration, as those that are common in Europe; probably the role based dashboard can be improved to make it more effective). This solution is a framework, delivered as part of the IBM Government Industry Framework , that  “synchronizes and analyzes efforts among sectors and agencies as they happen, giving decision makers consolidated information that helps them anticipate—rather than just react to—problems. By using these tested approaches, cities can manage growth and development in a sustainable way that minimizes disruptions and helps increase prosperity for everyone”.  It was derived insight from about 2,000 smarter cities projects around the world (20% in EU) in which IBM was involved or leaded (one of them “Bolzano Living safe”, presented the same day, related to health monitoring of elderly living alone in urban environment, was my favorite), aiming to enable the real-time communication and collaboration, reduce the impact of crisis situations and the overall cost of maintenance and repairs, minimize life-threatening issue and disruptions to public services and activities for citizens and city users. Various ICT components, such as Business Intelligence and prediction, where IBM has a strong reputation, and technologies from selected partners, such as sensors and smart grid and building can be selectively configured to specific needs (even if my first impression was that a monolithic “company ERP like” or “operating system architecture” approach might have influenced the design, that sounds to me more appealing for the new big smart cities of APAC). What makes it more interesting , in my opinion, is that the solution is made available also for IBM SmartCloud, with a subscription model that makes it attractive, in an CAPEX constrained public sector scenario, above all for medium size cities (or consortium of smaller towns). Obviously the core advantage of this SAAS solution  is related to the opportunity of quickly leveraging the outcomes of leading smart cities projects, the gateways to external data sources (including a rich partner ecosystem) and ability of IBM Global services to tune the system to the specific rules, issues and constraints of a local administration, ability to provide quick dynamic power and capability to specific planned events (such as Olympics games or world EXPO), or provide a new infrastructure after a major catastrophic event. You can find the IBM solution brief here . You can also browse IBM redbooks for Smarter Cities Series starting from: “A Foundation for Understanding IBM Smarter Cities”.

I also take the opportunity to invite you (or at least Italian speaking ones)  to the Innovatori Jam 2011 on September 14th-15th, a social Web 2.0 based event, that allow up to 20000 people to discuss and interact on 10 topics (forums), one of them is “Smart Cities” J. This Jam is organized by the” Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri – Agenzia per la diffusione delle tecnologie per l’innovazione” with IBM as technology partner and il Sole 24 ore as a media partner with the support of many “communities” including Think! For Innovation (a not for profit Innovation knowledge foundation) that I support, where you can find my related paper: The Smart City vision: How Innovation and ICT can build smart, “liveable”, sustainable cities.

Innovatori Jam 2011It will be very interesting to test this brainstorming tool in the Italian scenario, since one year ago in England, the Coventry City Council held a three-day IBM Jam (CovJam) to engage in substantial conversation with its citizens and stakeholders about the city’s future. Martin Reeves, Chief Executive of Coventry City Council, stated: “People know that we can’t change overnight, that we need to take baby steps to being a smarter city with low-cost, practical projects. I was really impressed with some straightforward, not very costly ideas that people would like us to implement over the next few years.”

The five  topics for CovJam were:

  • The Rebirth of Coventry – thinking of ways to improve the urban landscape of Coventry
  • Sent to Coventry – discussing what Coventry wants to be renowned for
  • Aspiring Coventry – looking at how to raise the expectations of Coventry and its citizens
  • Community Cohesion – examining how people in Coventry can get on with each other
  • Citizens in the Driving Seat – discussing how Coventry residents can have control of the city

Ningbo a leading chinese example of smart city

Smart cities are booming in Asia as urbanization is moving at the same pace there.  21 megacities already account for 9% of the world urban population; 97% of the fastest growing cities are in growth markets, 8 in China, 11 in India.  The China’s urban population has expanded rapidly in recent years. McKinsey estimated in a report in 2009 that an additional 350 million people, more than the population of the U.S., would move to the cities by 2015. More than 220 Chinese cities will have more than one million people (there are currently only 35 in Europe). This help to explain why in China, as many as 18 cities (according to a Lux Research report) have announced smart city plans. These include some of the biggest cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, and a number of small to medium-size cities, such as Ningbo, Wuxi, Chengdu, Wuhan, Kunming, Foshan, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou.

Ningbo is a seaport city in Zhejiang province, not too far from Shanghai since 2008, when a 33 km cross-sea bridge was built, allowing travel to Shanghai in less than two hours, with a population of 7.6 million inhabitants. Last year Ningbo released its action plan for developing as a Smart City (2011-2015) and soon it will held the “China Smart City Technology & Applications Expo”. According to the smart city plan, RMB 40.7 billion  will be invested in projects in the next 5 years (12th Five-Year Plan period). The plan address Five “Speed Ups”: Speed up construction of international strong port, building a modern metropolis, industrial restructuring, building a Smart City, construction of ecological civilization and improvement of life quality. There are 87 individual projects covering logistics, manufacturing, public services, energy, social administration, traffic, healthcare, residential site management, and entertainment services. For example IBM Smart Logistics Center, Ningbo Branch Corporation of Tata of India, BT Cloud Computing Center, Shuguang Cloud Computing Center have come to settle in.  Recently 100 companies and research institutes in Ningbo have formed a huge industrial chain of Internet of Things. The IoT is to generate an output value of RMB 5000 billion in coming 10 years. Currently, the Ningbo companies of IoT are mainly engaged in application solutions, sensors, transmission and telecom, computing, etc. Last year, they generated income of 10 billion yuan (excluding those from operators). With the progress of the Smart City construction, a number of application demo projects featuring the IOT technology are being undertaken, such as smart logistics and smart health care. With regard to infrastructure, the city has had a high-speed intranet and internet that covers all the urban areas, with the outlet bandwidth of 580 G. There are 10.55 million mobile phone subscribers, 840,000 3G subscribers. 1.77 million households have had internet access. With the progress of the Wireless Ningbo project, the 3G-based wireless wideband network has reached every corner of the city. A new-generation wireless network with TD-LTE as the core is to be built soon.  Also Smart Grid is part of the effort: during the 12th “Five-year Plan” period, Ningbo will invest 16.5 billion into the construction of the power grid. In fact  the electricity consumption in Ningbo will maintain a relatively rapid growth, with an expected average annual growth rate of 9.8% in its maximum load and 9.0% in its power supply volume in 2015. Ningbo power grid will develop photovoltaic power and wind power projects, adding an energy capacity of 100Mw. It will strive to achieve a 10% coverage of clean energy including natural gas, wind power, solar energy and biomass energy, thus furthering optimizing the proportion of energy supply. Ningbo will speed up also the construction of rechargeable power stations, three of medium-size and 60 rechargeable piles in the first phase. An official from Ningbo Power Bureau stated that “The average time of power failure will be drop down, from current 45 minutes down to 5 minutes or so. Power failure notification and pre-control can be accurate to every household. People can make reasonable electricity plans, control home appliances, watch TV through power line and so on, all with the help of smart interactive system.”
“China Smart City Technology & Applications Expo” will open from September 2 to 4 in Ningbo, it is China’s first and largest expo on the subject of smart city, and it will consist of the exhibitions and forums. The 21,000 m2 exhibition area has been fully booked by over 300 companies. Information from the organizing committee shows that 70% of the exhibiting companies are engaged in IT business, including 12 world top 500 companies, such as HP, IBM, Microsoft, NEC, HUAWEI, SIEMENS, etc, 4.4 billion purchasing funds by government. It is estimated that the fair is to attract 35000 visitors, including 10,000 professionals and 25000 common people.

The official government site states: “The city has made great progress in major projects for smart city construction. A meeting held on July 8th 2011 stated that the schemes for three pilot programs have been completed, which are about smart logistics, smart health care and smart social management. Some breakthroughs have been made and a large number of major projects have been settled so far; a number of other programs have been started, such as smart transport, smart Chengguan, smart manufacturing, trade, energy use, home services, etc.”

Webinar: Sustainable Supply Chain & ICT

IACCM (International Association for Contract & Commercial Management) and Acquisti&Sostenibilita’ are pleased to invite you to the FREE Webinar: Sustainable Supply Chain & ICT– From the supply chain sustainability of  ICT to ICT for assessing and optimizing the impact of other sectors’ supply chain.

I’m the autor of this webinar, as the ICT PM in the board of Directors A&S, with the precious feedback and review provided by  Gianmaria Riccardi Commercial Business Director, Europe, Cisco and member of IACCM board directors.

Inspiring Sustainable Supply Chain

Acquisti & Sostenibilità

This is a step in a growing, long term  cooperation between A&S and IACCM.

You can find additional information and register to attend it live by the web on Thursday April 28th – starting at 4 PM Rome, 3PM UK, 10 AM ET NA, 7 AM PT NA (duration 1 hour including Q&A) or receive a link to the recorded version via: https://www.iaccm.com/events/register/?id=1117

You can now download the  (pdf with the 30 presented slides + 43 additional ones, most of them have links to additional content) from this link to the A&S site: http://www.acquistiesostenibilita.org/download/articoli/IACCM_Sustainable_Supply_Chain-v2.pdf
Many other valuable english contents from the A&S web is referenced here:

http://www.acquistiesostenibilita.org/inglese/research.asp

(pdf with 30 presented
slides + 43 additional ones, most of them have links to additional content)

This seminar will approach the analysis of the sustainability in the supply chain from these two point of views

  1. How much the supply chain of ICT products and services is sustainable, taking into account some specific aspects (such as e-waste, life cycle, etc.) that can be managed and improved..
  2. How ICT tools and services can contribute to increase the sustainability of the supply chain, for example by helping to evaluate LCA (Life Cycle Analysis) or providing radical transparency to customers and other stakeholders.

I’ll check if you can still access the recorded session and I’m open to answer  Q&A by e-mail or by posting a comment here.

Donato Toppeta

note: A Live webminar is by definition a more sustainable way to attend a seminar since you avoid travelling that has a major contribution to enevironment.

A&S: some updates on Sustainable Procurement

I’m sorry for being lazy in updating this blog, so I’m starting with some news related to Acquisti & Sostenibilità, more are available on the A&S Web. Some of them may sound loosely linked to the scope of this blog but as the February 2010 green report: “A Green ICT Framework – Understanding and measuring Green ICT” by “Connection Research” states “Green ICT goes beyond the ICT function and the ICT department – in many ways ICT, and Green ICT, is a central enabling technology to many aspects of sustainability. In very many cases ICT provides the measurement tool, the data repository, the reporting mechanism and the mitigation techniques that make sustainability possible.

  • A&S has changed the logo pay-off (as you can see also here) from “Procure-Sustain-Manage” to “Inspiring Sustainable Supply Chain” in order to reinforce the message that A&S “encourages a Sustainable SUPPLY CHAIN and the sustainability across the Supply Chain”.
  • Several companies helped A&S to finalize the “A&S buyers guide”:

o   AIRPLUS INTERNATIONAL, International leading travel payment company and A&S Corporate membership since 2008, contributed to the section on sustainable purchase of business travel.

o   An European leading paper mill and packaging industry, A&S Corporate membership since 2007, sustainable purchase of paper.

o   ARVAL, European leading long term vehicle renting company and A&S Corporate membership since 2008, contributed to the section on sustainable purchase of company fleet cars.

  • A&S is partner of ORSE (Observatoire sur la Responsabilité Sociétale des Entreprises) and Ecovadis, for the promotion in Italy (in Italian language) of the “Study on the reporting of European, North American and Asian Global Companies on Sustainable Procurement”
  • LYRECO, European leading office supplies company, became A&S Corporate Member in 2007 and renewed its commitment for the following years. Green office supplies are part of LYRECO products portfolio, but more than this, their human resources passion for sustainability is significant.
  • HEC (recently ranked first in the TOP20 European business school ranking of Financial Times) selected A&S, as sole partner for Italy, for its annual study on trends and execution of sustainable procurement practices. Results will be available in the second half of 2011, A&S will translate the full document in Italian.
  • 2011 will herald a new era in sustainable procurement and sustainability will become a mainstream skill for procurement professionals. The main reason is the publication of BS 8903, the world’s first standard for sustainable procurement practice. The Action Sustainability one-day conference Sustainable Procurement Conference on 10th of February 2011 in London will bring together global visionaries and leaders from some of the world’s largest organizations to discuss best practice and shape the future of sustainable procurement basing on BS 8903. A&S is very proud to be part of that important event!
  • Last but not least on January 28th at “Fondazione Serbelloni” – Palazzo Serbelloni – Corso Venezia, 16 in Milano the annual conference of A&S supporters will be held

If you don’t already know A&S you can browse www.acquistiesostenibilita.org or Join “Friends of Acquisti&Sostenibilità” on LinkedIn or to be kept up to date with the latest sustainable procurement news, best practice case studies and A&S events, click http://www.acquistiesostenibilita.org/newsletter.asp to sign up for the A&S monthly e-newsletter.

Announcing the World Smart City Forum

On July 1st at the “Arsenale” of Venice, Italy, a terrific masterpiece of pre-industrial archeology, where the historic vessels were built, allowing Venice to become a powerful republic, opening the door to commercial trade between Europe, Mediterranean sea and Far East (including Marco Polo’s famous travel to China), I was directly involved in an exciting event related also to the impact of Green ICT on sustainability:

The Innovation group announced during VeneziaCamp 2010 the launch of “World Smart City Forum, to be held next year in the same place, with a broader participation of experts and stakeholders representatives.

I’m providing here just some insight from my presentation and the founder’s one more related to the scope of this blog, since a short recording is available in the following link (sorry that the speeches were in Italian since VeniceCamp 2010 public was mostly Italians, obviously we plan for a more international event next year, above all for speakers and Best Practices in smart & sustainable cities):

Why Cities are so important to achieve sustainability:

55% of the world population already lives in a city, by 2050: Urban population should reach 70%. Cities occupy 2% of the world’s geography but account for 75% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, (but as David Owen proved in his book “Green Metropolis” average people living in cities have a lower impact than ones in rural, dispersed environment in developed countries). The 100 largest cities account for and 25% of GDP. This drive for cities to cut carbon emissions and increase the energy received from renewable sources and efficiency, while providing better services and leverage e-democracy.

Smart City to Serve the Community, the Environment , the Culture and the Economic Sustainable Recovery

  • A “smart” city is a city that makes a conscious effort to uptake innovative ICT based solutions to:

–      Improve conditions of living, studying, working  and enjoying social relations

–      Support a more open, inclusive, efficient and sustainable urban environment.

  • This open and holistic model, empowered by a smart City leadership, enables:

–      A seamless creative environment involving the relevant city players and stakeholders

–      Environment sustainability aligned with the Economic and employment development while addressing social inclusion and cultural growth.

A great example is the Network of European Smart Cities (Eurocities) by Vienna University of Technology since it provides  an Holistic View, from which I derived next slide:


This means to address the role of ICT in increasing the efficiency and lowering waste of resources of a smart city as a complex system of systems as in this slide:


I should conclude this first excerpt on Smart City Forum with the following slide that summarize the Innovation Group approach to this topic:


Cheers,

Donato

Virtual conference for International Green IT Awareness Week

I’d like to remind you of the International Green IT Awareness Week (1-7 June 2010), a great international event supported by http://www.computersoff.org/ that will be hosting an online, global educational, not profit event on green ICT for three days (1-3 June). It has chosen the innovative approach of being Global, Free and Sustainable leveraging Internet resources (web, blog, Live and on demand Video Conference).

I’m one of the proud, voluntary  people that has offered his contribution by promoting it in Italy and I’m now busy preparing a recorded speech (about one hour plus 30 min of text based live Q&A) on June 3rd.

The pdf of my presentation is available on Slideshare :

Green ICT Sustainable Supply Chain


Recorded Video Donato Toppeta – Green IT Supply Chain from ComputersOff.ORG on Vimeo.

Live event are scheduled in order to choose acceptable time for a global coverage and in any case they are also available on demand, but you need to register here: http://event.greenitweek.org/

Green IT Week provides the opportunity for individuals and organisations around the globe to show their support for reducing the environmental impact of information technology.  This could be anything from developing an electronic waste policy, to developing a program to turn off your computers at night to save both energy and costs, to consolidating server infrastructure in your organisation.

You can find more information here:

If you want to be kept updated you can also join the International Green IT Awareness Week on: Twitter , Facebook , LinkedIn Group .

I encourage you to support International Green IT Awareness Week in any way you can and welcome your participation. Please feel free to send me your feedback and contact me for more information.

Best Regards

Donato

Sustainability Virtual Summits: Smart ICT

Virtual tradeshows and expos are a very interesting example of how Unified communication and virtual reality can provide, not only an additional opportunity for attending a fair, but also a greener alternative to conventional events. This approach is quickly growing and becoming more effective, with some obvious limitations due to our habits to shaking hands and face to face meeting or quick recognition of peers in a crowds, because the creativity of virtual fair designers and ICT technology evolution are providing new solutiond to improve the on-line experience with many ways to interact with peers and exhibitors. Obviously there are many clear advantages in an on-line virtual exhibition: it’s usually a long lasting experience, easier to plan and schedule according to each visitor’s constraints, it avoids queues, bags full of paper, long travel and delays, makes easier to exchange electronic business cards and documentation, plan on line private or group meetings and so on. Obviously a virtual event save energy, travel, space and money. Probably the largest one will be the “On line Shanghai EXPO 2010: en.expo.cn

Waiting for International Green IT Awareness Week (1-7 June 2010 look here for my post) a good example closely related to the topic of this blog, running just now is the free “Sustainability Virtual Summits: Smart ICT” with a prestigious list of ICT experts, supported by the United Nations, BSR and Forrester Research.

It’s a virtual conference and tradeshow “to present the case for a future-oriented ICT industry, to respond quickly to the challenge of sustainability. It summarize thes cutting-edge information and best practices that you need to support you in your journey toward building a more sustainable and more efficient enterprise.”

The main topics are

  • Dematerialization – the substitution of high carbon products and activities with low carbon alternatives
  • Collaboration and unified communication, with an emphasis on telepresence
  • Next generation data centers and communication
  • Smart Grid

The business impact of sustainability on commercial brands

The Smart ICT summit allows from my desktop to watch presentations, interact in real time with experts, network with peers and visit virtual exhibits in order to:

  • “Explores how corporations can reduce their environmental impact and become more socially responsible, while maintaining or even improving financial bottom lines.
  • Discusses initiatives the ICT sector has undertaken to reduce its own environmental impact.
  • Explains how the ICT sector can create an even bigger impact by introducing innovative services that other industries may benefit from.”

For example yesterday the invitation for the European scheduled day included:

A Plenary Keynote speaker presentations in the Auditorium are being broadcast now, and interesting discussions are taking place with attendees.  We are listening to a telepresence-enabled roundtable on “The Role of Business in Ensuring a Sustainable Future” right now.  Next up is “Transforming Communications for a Sustainable Planet”.  Afternoon Track Session presentations will begin at 1:15p UK time in the Meeting Rooms.

Cheers, Donato

Sustainable development of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Sustainable development was a mandatory constraint of London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, since the original bid in 2007. In the bid a promise was made that London would be the ‘most sustainable Games ever’ with an independent monitor commission. This effort has become even more important due to the criticisms on the sustainability front of the Beijing’s Games- thousands of people were displaced to build the Olympic Park, while the smog, algae, choking traffic and alarming increase in demand for energy were all pointing to an environmental disaster, until late serious counter-actions were taken with over $16.4 billion in environmental infrastructure for the Olympics, saving a reported 1.2 million to 1.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

The effort to take a huge event like Olympic Games, with a plenty of people conveyed in a busy large town for a very short timeframe, and seriously reduce its footprint compared with the past editions is daunting. The organizing committee must take decisions on how suppliers and sponsorship partners are chosen, to promote appropriate training and long term employment opportunities and tackle global issues such as climate change. Sustainable development means:  “making the most out of the social, economic and environmental benefits that will come with hosting such a major sporting and cultural event and creating a positive legacy for the future”.

As the the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 posts on its own home page of its portal:

” By setting ambitious standards, inspiring innovation and new approaches to partnerships, London, the rest of the UK and the world can benefit from the London Games, long after the closing ceremony. “

Last week, during the event Acquisti & Sostenibilita’, 3 years achievements and future projects public presentation,  I had the great pleasure to listen to Shaun McCharty, Director of Action Sustainability, that took a very interesting speech at the A&S Milan meeting  about his role as director of the  Commission for a sustainable London 2012 Olympic. You can read in the Shaun’s blog about his restless efforts.  A video interview to Shaun McCarthy – Action Sustainability at Green IT EXPO 2009 is available here

On the cslondon web you can find many useful documents because the commission has a duty to report to the Olympic Board and to the public its work. For example:

•·         The governance, planning, information gathering and reporting processes Assuring a Legacy: The Sustainable Development Assurance Framework for the London 2012 Games Programme].

  • No time to waste A review of Waste and Resource Management across the London 2012
  • A review of LOCOG’s Procurement:  Procuring the Games
  • A review of the approach taken to carbon measurement and management across the London 2012 programme Extinguishing Emissions?

These are a few examples of figures provided in the presentation by Shaun

Other information are available on the sustainability section of the Olympic portal

http://www.london2012.com/making-it-happen/sustainability/index.php

such as this example of ICT usage for their monthly dust and noise environmental monitoring reports.

I think that many other events like Universal EXPO (Shanghai EXPO 2010, Yeosu Expo 2012 , Milan EXPO 2015) since they are all related to sustainable related topics such as “Better City Better Life” “The Living Ocean” and “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”.

Best Regards, Donato

Green IT Awareness Week has been launched!

The Green IT Awareness Week is a terrific “collaborative global initiative” consisting of in-person and online virtual seminars aimed at increasing the Green ICT awareness. It will be an yearly event that will run from 1-7 June, a week of activities, training and presentations, starting from this year. I’m proud to be involved by Mark Winter, the creative founder of ComputersOff.ORG and Bianca Wirth, now chief executive officer, that I know as one of the best expert on Green IT, since we were both working for Microsoft and cooperating all around the world in spreading the belief that ICT can provide a great help in both addressing its own sustainability and above all reduce the environmental impact of many other sectors.

Green IT Awareness Week is a not-for-profit organization that leveraging its Green IT awareness week website will involve expert researchers, green IT specialists, vendors and manufacturers, as well as organizations which have already successfully implemented their own green IT initiatives.

As Bianca Wirth, said to Computerworld.com.au

“Many businesses have aspired to sustainable IT over the last five years, but many don’t have enough information to enable them to build a strong business case for implementation and cost savings.”

She also added that:

“We also aim to empower employees, as well as executives, with the knowledge and innovative ideas to reduce the environmental footprint of their organization and achieve positive return on their investment.”

Some of the topics covered during the week will include:

  • What is Green IT?  What are we doing about Green IT?
  • What is the latest in Green IT research?
  • Why set up Green IT initiatives?
  • What do we have to gain from implementing Green IT measures?
  • What are the Green IT Quick Wins? How can ICT make our company and our staff more sustainable long term?
  • How do we become Green IT Champions?
  • How do organizations undertake cultural change for green IT?
  • What are the top examples of organizations achieving an environmentally sustainable IT?
  • What are the risks if we wait too long to take actions?

The Green IT week will address a range of solutions from Data Centre optimization and consolidation through Cloud computing in Green Data Centers to Lifecycle Management and Green Procurement; addressing for example energy, paper and water saving, Technology replacements for travel and current standards, legislation and associations.

On the Green IT awareness week website you can already find  the link to “Greening.it eBook“, written by  Irene & Adrian Sobotta and John Gøtze, with the help of a group of Green IT experts spread across the globe: Denmark, United Kingdom, Germany, USA, Netherlands, Japan and Australia. It’s the result of an exciting, internationally collaborative, and nonprofit (Creative Commons licensed) project. It started for COP15 and it’s already at second edition with 194 pages and it keeps evolving! The book seeks to cover the general potential of Green IT, as well as the potential of a number of new specific technologies, such as Smart Grid and Cloud Computing.

As the authors declare (you can read more about their effort here):

“Our common underlying assumption is that there is something wrong with the world today! We perceive Climate Change and Global Warming as the effects of unsustainable consumption patterns in an industrialised world. In an effort to contribute to solving the problem, we look into the great potential of Information Technology (IT). The overall goal is to communicate to a large audience how IT can be leveraged to transform today’s society into one characterised by low emissions of greenhouse gases.”

The image below illustrates which were the preliminary ideas for topics to be included in the book. I you want a “summary word cloud” look here!

Are you serious about Green ICT and do you want to be involved too? You are welcome! Look at Top Five Things You Can Do Here… for additional information. In any case help us to spread the word!

Cheers,   Donato