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Computing award for sustainability “far beyond own footprint”

August 12, 2008

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Last week the winners in the Computerworld Excellence Awards were announced. For the first time there was an award for Sustainable ICT. I thoroughly enjoyed being a judge for this award, along with Peter Noble of IRD and the govt3 programme and Claudia Vidal of Uniservices. Here’s the judges’ report from the paper version of […]

“…and sustainability” Digital Strategy just greenwashing?

April 16, 2008

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Lazowska described Green computing as the next space race. Yesterday the NZ Government released the draft Digital Strategy 2.0. In it, sustainability is listed as a key outcome but other than a few scattered statements, the document seems to have ignored both the potential impact and the opportunity. If green computing is indeed the next […]

NZCS talking professionalism

February 28, 2008

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The NZ Computer Society had its Otago AGM this week. Don Robertson, the new chair of the NZCS spoke about the Society’s plans to focus on professional registration. This is great news for sustainability. Don talked about the challenges facing the NZCS and its members. Foremost of those is professionalism. With the proliferation of computing […]

Green in top ten predictions

February 16, 2008

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This week Computerworld is reporting on “Gartner’s top ten picks for 2008 and beyond“. This is the international list (first is a growth in Apple, second is the growth in internet centric devices, third is the integration of elements of open source into commercial software, etc).  More than half the list can be considered to […]

ElectroCity: “natural bias” not very natural at all

September 9, 2007

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Last week TreeHugger said great things about a New Zealand site last week: “Electrocity: Teaching Kids to Manage Energy, Human Needs Responsibly Through Gaming” Genesis Energy, an energy supplier and retailer in New Zealand has come up with a terrific way of helping kids develop a strong basis on which to develop future knowledge about […]

Sustaining Dunedin’s Heritage

August 16, 2007

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We’re just starting a major project to visualise every Dunedin building, ever. We’re aiming for a 3D immersive environment for any given date (perhaps with a timeline slider). In addition to the general coolness and education value, we’re hoping that it can be used as a modelling tool, say if some wants a new development […]

Beginning a dialogue to generate a vision

August 6, 2007

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The “every graduate” approach means that sustainable practice is recognised as a core capability which must be developed within the context of each discipline. A premise of the CfS Agenda is that we work with disciplines to articulate appropriate responses, coming at problems from both incremental and transformative directions. The first four items on the […]