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November 5 2007

Greening IT – a model for better business

Seminar to help business plan green IT futuresIf the statistics are true, no one could say businesses and organisations in Australia are lagging in their ambitions to become better corporate citizens where the environment is concerned.

In July this year The Australian reported that 48 per cent of all organisations surveyed, either already had or were about to launch “green” programs. The move is clearly on to save energy, minimise waste and reduce the carbon footprint.

Acknowledging the desire for many businesses to know and do more about the environment, UniSA’s School of Computer and Information Science (CIS) is running a special one day seminar (November 12, 2007 10am – 5 pm), Green Your IT, designed to provide small to medium enterprises (SMEs) with the latest information on everything from carbon emissions to e-waste and green computing.

CIS Head of School Professor Andy Koronios says the seminar has been designed to showcase the great work already being done around Australia to contribute to a sustainable future and the important role information technologies can play in reducing our carbon footprint.

“In many instances SMEs and innovative business leaders have already been way ahead of the politics on these matters, understanding that sustainable practices offer long-term benefits for their business and their community and taking action,” Prof Koronios says.

“This seminar is designed to explain those ideas and give local enterprises information on how they can make viable changes to their operations to produce better environmental and business outcomes.”

Keynote address at the Green Your IT seminar will be delivered by champion Clean Up Australia campaigner Ian Kiernan, AO, OAM.

Topics for the day include reducing ICT carbon emissions, using broadband for sustainable development, cool technology in the War against power consumption, rethinking the lifecycle of IT equipment and green computing.

UniSA’s Green Your IT will be held at the Chifley Hotel, South Terrace, Adelaide, and is being run with sponsorship from Microsoft, EDS, the SA Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology, Zero Waste SA, and support from ACS, Family Business Australia and Business SA. Registrations can be made online .

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