Following the successful initial webinar on 14th November on the subject of engaging users (staff and students) in environmental initiatives – particularly those involving the use of dashboards or other electronic means to display energy usage.
You can find the recording of the webinar and the associated Jisc guide here:
The next webinar is on data-centre energy efficiency – and features input from three sources.
- Steve Bowes-Phipps Data Centres Manager at the University of Hertfordshire will speak about the data-centre improvement work at the university and the path to making the university data-centre the first to be compliant with the EU Code of Conduct;
- Damian Dalton from University College Dublin will talk about the collaborative MSc module that a group of European partners are developing to help address the skills gap in data-centre management;
- The team from the University of Aberdeen, hot from the glory of winning both a Green Gowns award, and the BCS IT Industry awards. Brian Henderson (Head of Service Management) and Peter Esson (Data Centre & Operations Manager) who oversaw the highly successful shared service data-centre at Aberdeen that not only got people together, but delivered a data-centre that went from a PUE of around 2.4 to a PUE of 1.07.
The webinar is at 12:00 on the 27th November. You can sign up for the event here:
The associated guide will be published next week on the Jisc website.
Further webinars and associated guides will follow through to the end of this year and into next.
- 11 Dec 2013 - Reduce Travel through Video-Conferencing and Hybrid Events - http://bit.ly/1hUCzUf
- 29 Jan 2014 - Efficient Buildings - http://bit.ly/185JV3m
- 12 Feb 2014 - Reducing Energy costs - http://bit.ly/17Iakya
Along with our friends at the Sustainability Exchange, Jisc is putting together a set of webinars to wrap up some of the salient findings from the Greening ICT Programme.
The first webinar of the series is on the 14th November - and is on the subject of Engaging Users – or “Energy Dashboards are not enough – you need to engage your staff and students to make real impacts on energy use on campus”.
Dr Richard Bull from De Montfort University (Green ICT Category Green Gown winner in 2012) worked on a a series of Jisc funded projects that explored these issues from a socio-technical perspective. Richard’s findings were broadly that, while metering and then displaying energy usage was a useful first step, the real challenge comes in finding ways of designing interventions to connect users up to the ways that their changes in behaviour can affect energy usage.
At Coventry University, Elise Smithson worked with IT colleagues and the students union to investigate the way that game type approaches could be made to work in helping students in university halls of residence understand how much energy they were using and then take responsibility for doing something about it.
The webinar will feature short presentations from these two speakers and will also feature a wrap up of other initiatives that Jisc has funded in this area, with lessons learned. Jisc will also be launching a new guide to improving user engagement on the same day as the webinar.
The webinar is being hosted by the Sustainability Exchange (a HEFCE funded project being run by the EAUC). See:
Further webinars are planned on dates through the rest of this year and early 2014:
- Improving energy efficiency in your data centre – 27/11/13
- Video-conferencing and ‘Greening Events’ - 11/12/13
- Efficient Buildings – 29/1/14
- Reducing Energy Costs – 12/2/14
Check back to the Sustainability Exchange Events page for bookings and further information.
In case you missed it, there is a new blog post on the Jisc corporate blog that gives my appreciation of some of the key issues that arose from the recent workshop on Understanding and minimising the costs of data centre based IT services at the University of Liverpool on June 17th. I don’t want to rehearse what’s in that post, so here is the link:
Drawing together a number of threads of the Greening ICT Programme, Jisc, in association with our partners in the EU funded e-Infranet initiative are running a free one day workshop on this subject in Liverpool on the 17th June.
What we will be doing is looking at some of the economic and financial constraints on DC planning and operations. We have a good line up of speakers and participants. Still a few place left.
We are exploring is the problem that many investment decisions are clouded by the way that many IT related costs are hidden from organisations and end-users. This makes decisions about Cloud or Shared Service type solutions, with their capacity to deliver benefits through economy of scale, difficult to make.
I don’t say that we have the answers, but the workshop should be a good place to be more certain about what the questions are.
We will be “amplifying” the workshop – a live blog and twitter stream will be running and their will be a rich media collation of the proceedings to follow. I’ll post links here in due course.
See the programme here
The booking form is here:
I was reviewing some of our events for some briefing papers and the like that I am hoping to get moving on shortly, and was looking again at the “Storified” write-ups of the events we held over the last 18th months on various topics in Green ICT.
If you don’t know what Storify is, its strapline is “Find the best of social media”. As they say: “Storify lets you curate social networks to build social stories, bringing together media scattered across the Web into a coherent narrative.” With the help of the wonderful Event Amplifier, Kirsty Pitkin, we did just that for a number of events. Kirsty took over my twitter account for the duration, and tweeted key insights and points made by the speakers. Meanwhile she (in most cases) recorded video and audio streams. Later she wove these with the tweets (mine/hers and others) along with still pictures, presentations and her narrative, to produce something that is in someways better than actually being there on the day.
If you want to check them out you can find them at:
- Conferencing in Universities and Colleges-Improving Performance, and Reducing Travel and Stress?
The Conferencing in Universities and Colleges Workshop gathered together senior managers and travel coordinators with an interest in improving performance and minimising business travel. The workshop had a local audience at the University of Warwick and was streamed to a wider audience following remotely via the Janet Video Conferencing Service.
- Cloud and Shared Service Solutions-An event for IT and strategic decision-makers in HE to discuss how to create a level playing field for business and environmental optimisation
This workshop aimed to give IT and strategic decision-makers in HE a chance to find out more about the potential advantages and disadvantages of cloud and shared services, and the opportunity to reflect on the key factors that are likely to influence decisions in this area.
- Intelligent Buildings and Smart Estates -A workshop to consider how ICT can be used to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of university and college estates, and to reduce the costs, energy consumption and carbon emissions of buildings
The event was designed to help build links between Estates and ICT practitioners, with the aim of stimulating subsequent technical actions on areas such as interfaces and standards. This included a lively workshop session to discuss the issues and a series of presentations from the differing perspectives of the estates manager, the software developer, and commercial providers in this space.
- Best Practice Criteria for Sustainable E-Learning- An exploratory workshop examining the sustainability of e-learning from economic, pedagogic and environmental perspectives
Participants heard three short presentations discussing the issues associated with economic, pedagogic and environmental best practice within e-learning, each of which suggested a series of criteria for best practice. The presentations were followed by roundtable discussions allowing participants to evaluate and refine these criteria. This summary provides an overview of the issues raised by these presentations.
One heartening aspect of these captures of events – things that are by their nature ephemeral and sometimes only marked by a few decks of cryptic Powerpoint slides, is that they seem to have been very popular with a combined viewing total of over 2,300 – now that’s what I call Event Amplification!
Register here: https://survey.jisc.ac.uk/jisc_eucoc
As part of its Greening ICT Programme, JISC is pleased to invite interested parties to a series of briefings about the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres.
The Code of Conduct was launched by Defra and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) in 2008 in recognition by the EC that data centres are heavy and often inefficient consumers of energy – and that this problem is only set to increase. Escalating costs of energy have focused the attention of senior management across all sectors on energy efficiencies and are driving renewed interest in understanding how measures in the EU Code of Conduct could help cut costs and carbon emissions.
Defra, via its Market Transformation Programme (MTP), helped develop the Code of Conduct providing specific input on reporting and monitoring.
The objective of this briefing event is to explain:
- What is the Code of Conduct?
- What are the benefits are and how to participate?
- How to drive incremental savings -§through measuring and monitoring IT and Facilities energy efficiencies
- Experiences from current participants in the Code of Conduct.
The briefing will be of interest to Data Centre Managers (Facilities & IT), Management driving a Green agenda, CSR, Purchasing Managers.
This will be an ideal opportunity for people working with data centres in the higher education sector to get a good overview of the code of conduct and hear how their peers are implementing it in practice. There will also be an opportunity hear about some technical innovations in metering and measuring for data centres.
The briefings begin at 14:45 for 15:00, and will conclude by 17:00 or 17:30 after some short presentations and a question and answer session. Afterwards there will be an opportunity to discuss the issues raised and to network with colleagues over a glass of wine and some snacks. For the really keen, we propose adjourning to a suitable local pub for more refreshment and further discussion.
The briefings are free of charge, but we do ask that you register your intention to attend at: https://survey.jisc.ac.uk/jisc_eucoc to give us some idea of numbers to expect.
Dates and Venues
- November 20th London – Intellect, Russell Square, WC1B 5EE
- November 21st Birmingham – University of Birmingham
- November 22nd Leeds – University of Leeds
Two bits of good news this week about recognition and/or further take up of the work of the Greening ICT Programme.
First up on Monday morning was news from the team at De Montfort (Richard Bull, et al) who ran the DUALL and Greenview projects. First of all they have had a paper accepted for the upcoming RCUK Digital Economy conference in Aberdeen. Secondly they have just learned that they have been awarded £225,000 from the EPSRC to take the work forward as part of the research in the wild (digital economy) programme to develop a social media/iphone app to test in Leicester CIty Council engaging staff with energy behaviours.
Secondly I heard from Lucy Nelson at the University of Central Lancashire that the iBuilding project that we funded there has been nominated for a THE award in the “Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development” category.
well done to all concerned – and that’s before we know the outcomes of the Green Gowns second stage.
Just back from London after a really successful workshop on dashboards, displays, reports and other measures to change user behaviour. This was held at the London campus of Coventry University. Strangely that is yo be found near Liverpool Street – and right across the road is the London Campus of UEA. Any other sightings of provincial universities London outlets should be reported here!
This was the 3rd workshop on this subject that we have run. It followed on from the on at Oxford last summer - see an earlier blog psit for the presentation from that – and one held in the autumn in Manchester – see:
The workshop was an opportunity for the project team from Coventry University to talk about the CUSTOMER project – see an earlier blog posting for details – which has been renamed following feedback from students as green@CU. Also presenting were teams from Manchester Metropolitan University on their engagement activities as well as The University of Bedford on their work in reducing energy use in labs (Project Delta).
A full report on the workshop, along with the presentations will appear on the Good Campus Website shortly:
What was of particular interest this time was the varied communities from which the participants had come and the amount of expertise. The discussion in the small groups was very rewarding as it was instructed by people with handson experience of installing and running energy dashboards and behaviour change programmes around energy use, and people with a research interest in the field.
We are now looking at what further workshops on this and other topics on Green ICT we should be looking to run though 2012.
The write up from this even tis now available at:
Thanks to the excellent work of our Event Amplifier, Kirsty Pitkin. I like Storify because of the way it weaves together the narrative with video clips, pictures, Twitter feed, slides and other social media. A proper mash-up!
Last week I visited the CUSTOMER project at Coventry University. CUSTOMER stands for Coventry University STudents’ Optimisation and Management of Energy Resources and is one of the projects funded under the JISC Greening ICT Programme.
The rationale for the project is that residential energy use is accounting for just over 21% of the total energy use and CO2 emissions of the university (2008-09) HEFCE return). As with most universities, Coventry charges its students a flat fee to cover their rent and utility charges in its halls of residence, with a consequent lack of any financial or other incentives for students to be careful about this energy use. Indeed, it has not been possible for students to even know how much gas and electricity they and their fellow students were using.
CUSTOMER will try and see if there are ways to change this. They will do this by firstly installing meters for both electricity and gas (where appropriate) in a number of pairs of matched floors or units in three different halls of residence. The matched pairs are to allow for a control group. The three different sites have been chosen to represent a range of ages and types of student accommodation, from a 1970s tower block with a dining room for breakfast and dinner through a modern conversion of the old central post office in Coventry city centre to a part of the main residence which were built on the old Singer car factory site in the 1990s. Added to these are a number of individual houses that the university owns and rents to students.
The project will then see how best to engage with the students and connect them to the information that the meters will be producing. Various options are being explored, including working the university’s Serious Games Institute to produced simulations and feedback type interfaces that will allow students to investigate the impact of their behaviour change.
The project is overseen by the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Planning & Resource (Professor David Souter) and is a good example of cross-institutional working with involvement from IT services, Estates, Student Services, the Students Union, as well as academics from the Engineering & Computing Faculty and the Serious Games Institute.
For more information see the project blog:
and the details of the project plan etc: