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In what ways can IT professionals contribute to sustainability and environmental conservation

200K Contest Question # 9:

In what ways can IT professionals contribute to sustainability and environmental conservation through their work?

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1. By becoming aware about Environmental conservstion and ecological impact of IT processes / products / methodologies.

2. By migrating to cloud instead of more on premise physical infrastructure hence lowering the carbon footprint of organisations.

3. Bringing sustainability into the core of IT design and architecture.

4. Opting for machine learning models which consume less energy abd avoid duplication.

5. Data centre efficiency helps in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by avoiding duplication and optimize data flow.

6. Technology leaders can promote ecological sensitivity, negative environmental impact and environmental strategies with efficiency and carbo footprint into the core of policy and procurement. 



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Mission Specialist
Mission Specialist

A periodic course on how much material is need to keep the IT industry and computer systems running : water, electricity, minerals, etc...

To avoid the simple idea that IT is dematerialized and in a void removed from reality.

Try to avoid waste, both in physical material (recycle and reuse) and in digital usage by regularly doing inventory and deprovisioning of unused resources.

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Flight Engineer
Flight Engineer

IT professionals have a significant role to play in promoting sustainability and environmental conservation. Their unique position allows them to influence both the direct and indirect environmental impacts of technology. Here are several ways they can contribute to these efforts:

1. Efficient Use of Resources

  • Optimize Data Centers: Implement energy-efficient technologies in data centers, such as advanced cooling systems, energy-efficient servers, and virtualization technologies to reduce physical hardware needs.
  • Cloud Computing: Promote the use of cloud services which can optimize resource allocation and scale according to demand, leading to more efficient use of energy compared to traditional on-premises data centers.

2. Promoting Green IT

  • Energy-Efficient Software Development: Develop software that requires less computational power, which in turn reduces the energy consumption of devices that run these applications.
  • Sustainable Hardware Lifecycle: Advocate for extended hardware lifecycles, promote recycling or refurbishing of IT equipment, and choose hardware from companies that take back old equipment for recycling.

3. Virtualization and Consolidation

  • Server Virtualization: Use virtualization technologies to run multiple virtual servers on a single physical server, reducing the total number of servers required and decreasing energy usage.
  • Storage Consolidation: Consolidate storage solutions to reduce the number of storage devices needed, which also decreases power and cooling requirements.

4. Remote Work and Digital Collaboration

  • Support Remote Work: By facilitating and supporting remote work technologies, IT professionals can help reduce the carbon footprint associated with commuting. Implementing and supporting robust virtual collaboration tools reduces the need for physical travel.
  • Digitalization of Processes: Convert paper-based processes to digital, reducing paper waste and the energy associated with transporting and storing physical documents.

5. Education and Advocacy

  • Educate About Sustainability: IT professionals can educate their peers and stakeholders about the benefits of sustainable practices. This might include training sessions, workshops, or informal discussions about green IT.
  • Policy Advocacy: Participate in or initiate discussions about corporate policies that focus on sustainability, such as energy management, purchasing guidelines for sustainable products, and waste management.

6. Sustainable Software Engineering

  • Adopting Sustainable Development Practices: Embrace development methodologies that focus on sustainability, such as designing systems that minimize power consumption or that use AI to optimize resource usage.
  • Lifecycle Assessment: Consider the environmental impact during the entire lifecycle of IT projects, from planning and development to deployment and decommissioning.

7. Renewable Energy Use

  • Promote Renewable Energy: Advocate for the use of renewable energy sources within IT infrastructure. This could involve initiatives to shift data center power sources to wind, solar, or other renewable energies.

8. Carbon Footprint Tracking and Reduction

  • Implement Carbon Tracking Tools: Use or develop tools that help organizations track and reduce their carbon footprint. This can include monitoring the energy consumption of servers and other infrastructure and finding ways to reduce it.

9. Smart and Green Technologies

  • Develop and Deploy Smart Technologies: Work on technologies like smart grids, smart buildings, and IoT devices that can significantly enhance the efficiency of resource use in various sectors, including urban management, agriculture, and manufacturing.

By integrating these strategies, IT professionals can make a substantial contribution to environmental conservation and sustainability. These efforts not only benefit the planet but often result in operational efficiencies and cost savings for organizations as well.

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  • By gaining awareness of the environmental conservation and ecological impact of IT processes, products, and methodologies.

  • By transitioning to cloud services instead of relying more on on-premise physical infrastructure, thereby reducing organizations' carbon footprint.

  • Embedding sustainability into the fundamental principles of IT design and architecture.

  • Choosing machine learning models that consume less energy and minimize redundancy.


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My idea is very simple, but it could have a very important effect globally if indeed all of us who work in IT applied it.

I believe that if each one of us took care to set power-saving settings on the devices of our loved ones, friends and relatives, it would help lower the total energy demand and reduce waste.

Most people who use electronic devices have no knowledge and familiarity with the settings of these tools, whereas for those of us who do it for work, these topics are very simple and with a little effort we could make a difference.

All operating systems for PCs, tablets and smartphones have energy-saving settings.

For example, my smartphone, once it turned three years old, started to run out of power faster than when it was new. Instead of replacing it, I tried to activate the energy saver and now after a year I still use it and the battery life is sufficient.

I suggested to a friend of mine to do the same because we bought the smartphone at the same time and I helped him to activate this setting.

TVs also have a setting to switch off automatically after a period of use, which for example avoids leaving them on when falling asleep on the sofa.

I have only given a few examples, but what I mean is that if all of us computer scientists made an effort to help those close to us to configure their devices to save energy, in my opinion there would be a great reduction in energy consumption, in addition to which the devices would last longer and this would also lead to a reduction in waste.

I am sure that some advertising experts could simply run a campaign directed at us computer scientists to make us realise how much influence this small effort could have.

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Flight Engineer Flight Engineer
Flight Engineer

- Work remotely, attend on-line events only, there is no need to travel far and often, it kills the environment.  Cities and downtowns are the humanity past.

- Re-use old hardware, avoid purchasing new servers as long as possible.  Install Linux whenever and wherever you can - 10-15-20 year old machines will still do their job.

- Help with on-line business.  Brick-and-mortar stores must go.


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