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Report oozes bias but still 18% never turned off times 118 idle hours times power use times carbon (or money) times number of workers = a big number

July 29, 2007


A potentially interesting (and widely quoted) report disappoints with sloppy science and failure to recognise bias. The UK’s National Energy Foundation and 1E‘s survey of energy use by computing has some big numbers. The crux of the report is that if software systems were introduced to manage computer idle time (ie turn them off), then […]

Sustainability an “inane fad”? Let’s ride the wave!

July 15, 2007


Bob Jones describes green building as an “inanity” ( “I’m picking this to last about four years with the private sector and a decade with the government,” Jones’ argument goes like this: Government’s new aim to reduce the carbon footprint of its departments, installing power and water-saving devices along with other environmentally sound initiatives…But power […]

New policy makes sustainability a priority for computing education

July 15, 2007


In what we think is a world first, Computing Education for Sustainability is now a  priority for NZ computing. The NACCQ represents most of New Zealand’s computing educators (all Institutes of Technology, all Polytechnics, with representation by some Universities), its conference is supported by the ACM’s SIGCSE. We are very happy to report that the […]

Need to make it easier to reach for the medium hanging fruit

June 23, 2007


Major climate change report released today by the UK and UK Consumer organisations. Here’s my take. 1. People are aware of the problem Climate change is a mainstream consumer issue. Consumers in the US and UK are strongly concerned about global warming, and are ready to take action. Sixty six percent of consumers in the […]

Changing behaviours…

June 18, 2007


I’m working in two areas at the moment, a survey of sustainability values/behaviours; and an approach for integrating education for sustainability across the institution. This latter area is as much about a process as structure – how do we get academics from computing, midwifery, engineering and sports (to name a few) all excited about the […]