New Version of Carbon Footprinting Tool released

Carbon footprint tool from JISC helps universities and colleges tread more carefully

How green is IT?  A new tool from JISC is helping universities and colleges calculate just how eco-friendly they are, by estimating the carbon footprint left by their computers.

Institutions can calculate their carbon emissions by inputting information about the numbers of computing devices into the SUSTE-IT footprinting tool.

The  tool then estimates the overall amount of electricity used, and the related carbon emissions, to help the institutions target areas for energy saving.

Computers, servers, monitors, routers, faxes and even OHP’s are all examined as part of the process.
But there’s no need for time-consuming audits.   Where records are limited, users are encouraged to ‘guesstimate’ where necessary or use University of Sheffield figures as a rough rule of thumb.

The tool is based on a beta version developed by Lisa Hopkinson and Peter James of the University of Bradford, and a consultant, Chris Cartledge. It  is one of the outputs of theJISC-funded SusteIT study on sustainable ICT in further and higher education, which is being highlighted next week at a free event in Edinburgh.

The half-day workshop, which is part of a Scottish Funding Council supported project managed by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), will be providing guidance on implementing green IT It will offer IT and estate managers the chance to find out more about the footprinting tool, as well as how to cut IT energy bills by at least 10%, minimise power consumption and take action overall to reduce their institution’s carbon footprint.

The workshop will hear from institutions who are have successfully peionered the use of the footprinting tool and who have made significant energy savings, with speakers from Angus College; City College, Norwich; EAUC Edinburgh Napier University; and SusteIT.

The event is being held at on 24th August at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, winner of the JISC-sponsored Green IT category in the 2009 Green Gown Awards.2009. See details at http://www.rsc-eden.co.uk/events/event_details.asp?eid=29

Find out more about the Suste-IT footprinting tool at http://www.susteit.org.uk/files/index
and about JISC’s study on sustainable ICT at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/programme_jos/susteit

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