Reducing IT Waste in the Education Sector and Managing Behavioral Changes

September 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Save Energy ->  Save Money  -> Reduce Carbon Footprint

In a previous blog post, I wrote about IT power management (please see website link 1 below).  I wanted to show how IT energy management software (from different suppliers) has actually proven to deliver several financial and environmental benefits across a number of business sectors. 

HEALTH and EDUCATION – both VERY IMPORTANT!

Focusing on the education sector in this blog post, this sector includes schools, colleges and universities.  The lecturers, teachers, students, other employee departments (such as catering, facilities, HR, librarians, payroll, reception staff, etc.) all tend to use IT equipment on-site and also, log into systems when off-site as well.

In November 2009, another IT energy management supplier who I personally met gave me a demonstration of their product in detail.  Their IT energy management product is a purely workstation-based solution. This means there are no extra costs to purchase a new server, and that itself will save money!

THE BENEFITS – — RETURN ON INVESTMENT PROVEN!
A number of schools, colleges and universities have proven to save considerable money through IT energy management.

Although IT energy management software will significantly eliminate IT waste, I always say that changes in behaviour also need to be addressed.  When a person wants to live a healthy lifestyle, I really believe the two areas which should be looked at are nutrition/diet and exercise.  There’s no point in doing exercise if the food you’re eating is not healthy. There’s no point in eating healthy food, if you do not combine it with exercise. Gradual steps are taken which soon increase and become habit!

I can go on and on about nutrition and exercise, how needs are different, how people are different, how certain food groups suits the individual, etc.!

Once a PC has automatically been switched off, or lights as well for that matter,   there is nothing to stop someone from switching it back on again.  This is an observation which I’ve seen myself several times! Habits need to be changed as well and people need to, again as I always say, understand the WHY?.

The detailed Giving Time and Solutions Ltd (please see website link 2 below) Green IT Model on People-Process-Technology which I’ve used in the presentations I’ve given since June 2009, explains this quite well.

MANAGING BEHAVIOURAL CHANGES need to be addressed, again another topic that I cover.  Results will be seen eventually.…. POSITIVE RESULTS!

WEBSITE REFERENCE

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1. https://triptaprashar.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/reducing-carbon-dioxide-emissions-and-saving-costs-through-it-power-management/ Previous Blog Post on IT Power Management – written 13 November 2010
2. http://www.givingtimeandsolutions.com/ Giving Time and Solutions – Green IT

Author: Tripta Prashar
Company: Giving Time and Solutions Ltd
Company website: http://givingtimeandsolutions.com
Professional profile: http://linkedin.com/in/triptaprashar
Date created: 11 September 2011 1.15pm

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Making 2020 Zero Waste Work – Achieving a low carbon resource efficient future

July 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Following on from my previous blog post regarding the 2020 Zero Waste Initiative, (please see website link 1 below), an update was given at Coventry’s Friends of the Earth meeting yesterday.

The ‘Making 2020 Zero Waste Work- Achieving a low carbon resource efficient future’ conference will be held on Friday 9 September 2011 at St. Mary’s Guildhall in Coventry.

Starting from 9.00am, there will be a number of speakers and workshops on waste review and best practice examples.  

For full details of the programme, please visit the website for more information (please see website link 2 below).

WEBSITE REFERENCE

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1. https://triptaprashar.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/the-2020-zero-waste-initiative/ Previous blog regarding the 2020 Zero Waste Initiative
2. http://www.climate-change-solutions.co.uk/ Programme Information

Author: Tripta Prashar
Company: Giving Time and Solutions Ltd
Company website: http://givingtimeandsolutions.com
Professional profile: http://linkedin.com/in/triptaprashar
Date created: 22 July 2011 10.40am

Waste statistics – recycle plastic and food waste

May 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Three volunteers from Coventry Friends of the Earth surveyed 100 people to ask for their thoughts on recycling and packaging.

I was told the feedback results from all 100 people showed 90% want to be able to recycle more types of plastic and 84% want kerbside collections of food waste.

Danny, of Coventry Friends of the Earth, said: “If the government helped councils to improve services and worked with businesses to make products longer lasting and easier to recycle, we could send much less rubbish to the incinerator. Recycling waste is not only more environmentally friendly, it’s also more cost-effective”.

Author: Tripta Prashar
Company: Giving Time and Solutions Ltd
Company website: http://givingtimeandsolutions.com
Professional profile: http://linkedin.com/in/triptaprashar
Date created: 25 May 2011 7.50pm

Green printing option – Vegetable-based inks reduces the impact on the environment

April 18, 2011 1 comment

Vegetable inks are another option to consider when you’re looking to print in a green way.

There are a number of environmental benefits!  In comparison to the mineral/petroleum inks, vegetable-based inks are derived from renewal resources, made from sources such as linseed oils and also have less impact when recycled.   There are less toxins from the metals, such as cadmium which is in mineral-based inks.  Lower volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions are emitted during printing, which are carbon-containing gases.

There is also less damage to the health and a reduced impact on the environment from using vegetable-based inks.

There are a number of printers/suppliers who offer the option to print using low VOC products and vegetable-based inks.

Author: Tripta Prashar
Company: Giving Time and Solutions Ltd
Company website: http://givingtimeandsolutions.com
Professional profile: http://linkedin.com/in/triptaprashar
Date created: 18 April 2011 5.40pm 

How Corporate Social Responsiblity (CSR) could help save money and the environment

March 4, 2011 2 comments

Corporate Social Responsibility is about an organisation’s commitment to sustainability.    

Corporate Social Responsibility explained- Giving Time and Solutions Ltd

What impact does your business have on the environment and society?

You just need to go on some company websites and you’ll read about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and there are many who are reporting well on their performances.

Commitment to CSR will improve an organisation’s Green Credentials, its relationship and how it is being perceived with its customers, employees, suppliers, community, etc.

Who are all the internal and external stakeholders?

How accountable are they also?

Who you associate yourself with is also going to have an impact, and again on your reputation.

  • Are employees being made aware of the organisations ‘green policies and practices on a regular basis?
  • Are you considering the whole life-cycle…raw materials, toxic substances, packaging, usage, etc?
  • How ethical are you?
  • How is your business contributing and working with the community?
  • Who makes the decisions on what you buy and how you minimise waste?

Running a business in a more environmentally friendly way needs to be done continuously. It will have a positive impact on the triple bottom line – People, Planet and Profit.

Author: Tripta Prashar
Company: Giving Time and Solutions Ltd
Company website: http://givingtimeandsolutions.com
Professional profile: http://linkedin.com/in/triptaprashar
Date created: 4 March 2011 4.05pm

Categories: Environmental

Green ICT Standards

February 4, 2011 Leave a comment

In December 2009, I was informed by one of my contacts at the British Standards Institution (BSI), of a number of Green ICT Standards/Publications. During this time, there were developments being made in new work around Data Centre Design. Since then, there has been some progress made. 

The information below was sent in the Giving Time and Solutions December 2010 Newsletter.

“ISO/IEC JTC1 is the Joint Technical Committee 1 of the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).  It deals with all matters of ICT and its official mandate is to develop, maintain, promote and facilitate ICT standards required by the Global Markets meeting business and user requirements.

ISO/IEC’s JTC1 set up a special group on Green ICT (SGGICT) in Oct 2009. SGGICT, like all the ISO/IEC special groups, intentionally began this journey by surveying the current activities of ‘standards developing organisations’ (SDOs), which include the British Standards Institution (BSI) and its national equivalents in other countries – plus other organisations and consortia.  The SGGICT wished to ensure it was reaching out to other parties active in this space to avoid duplication.

In fast-emerging topics like Green ICT, ISO/IEC welcomes best practice initiatives from other sources and the formal standards-making process is a transparent one.  Work continues across a range of topics which are all aimed at addressing ICT’s operational energy efficiency.

There are four factors that underpin the concept of Green ICT:
1. reducing the use of hazardous materials
2. recycling and reusing ICT products
3. maximizing energy efficiency
4. utilizing ICT products and technologies into other sectors for environmental improvement

SGGICT has decided, in turn, to further adopt the two definitions of ‘Green ICT’, namely ‘Green of ICT’ and ‘Green by ICT’. ‘Green of ICT’ means environmental improvement of ICT products and technologies (which covers the first 3 listed factors), whereas the last  listed factor is handled by the other subsidiary terminology of ‘Green by ICT’ which means environmental improvement of other sectors by using ICT products and technologies.

At the last meeting of SGGICT, held in November 2010 in Belfast, the Group identified some ‘use cases’ – examples being ‘smart grid’, ‘telemedicine’ and ‘virtual meetings’. Future topics identified for possible standardization include the areas of ‘home network devices’ and ‘life cycle assessment methodology”.

Giving Time and Solutions Ltd are an authorised affiliate of BSI (not owned or operated by BSI).   For more information, please see website link 1 below.

WEBSITE REFERENCE

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1. http://www.givingtimeandsolutions.com Giving Time and Solutions Ltd.

Author: Tripta Prashar
Company: Giving Time and Solutions Ltd
Company website: http://givingtimeandsolutions.com
Professional profile: http://linkedin.com/in/triptaprashar
Date created: 4 February 2011 12pm

Categories: Green IT

The 2020 Zero Waste Initiative

January 7, 2011 1 comment

At the last Coventry Friends of the Earth meeting, which was held in November 2010, an update on the 2020 Zero Waste Initiative was given.

“The 2020 Zero Waste Initiative began in October 1999 at a public meeting organised by CRACIN (Coalition for Recycling and Against Coventry Incinerator) to discuss greener low carbon alternatives to the proposed giant waste incinerator. Coventry’s Director of City Development, John McGuigan, set the meeting the challenge of finding a long-term solution in waste which would be both economically and environmentally viable.

Over the last year, the ‘2020 Zero Waste Initiative’ has begun to take shape.  It has drawn people together from the main areas involved or interested in developing ‘waste’ as a resource.  Over a hundred people have attended meetings and have come from public bodies such as WRAP and DEFRA, local business and commerce, environment and recycling groups, Garden Organic, councillors and officers, community groups, professional bodies and from our two universities.

There have been three meetings over the last year. The first two were addressed by the leading speakers on Zero Waste, both international and national, Professor Paul Connett and Peter Jones OBE respectively.  The third meeting was organised by the ‘Building Research and Innovative Networks’ (BRAIN) Dept at Coventry University.

There could now be scope for Coventry to become an exemplar in Zero Waste at a National level.  The Government Waste Review has as its central aim; to put a ‘zero waste economy’ at the centre of sustainability, ‘for environmental protection’, economic renewal and addressing climate change as well as for wider social involvement, localism and the ‘big society’. Our submission to this Review has resulted in an invitation to discuss the project further with Defra.”

I will be providing further updates when there are more developments on the 2020 Zero Waste Initiative.

Author: Tripta Prashar
Company: Giving Time and Solutions Ltd
Company website: http://givingtimeandsolutions.com
Professional profile: http://linkedin.com/in/triptaprashar
Date created: 7 January 2011 12.30pm