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Greening Through IT Information Technology for Environmental Sustainability

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ISBN-10: 0262013932

ISBN-13: 9780262013932

Edition: 2010

Authors: Bill Tomlinson

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Environmental issues often span long periods of time, far-flung areas, and labyrinthine layers of complexity. In Greening through IT,Bill Tomlinson investigates how the tools and techniques of information technology (IT) can help us tackle environmental problems at such vast scales. Tomlinson describes theoretical, technological, and social aspects of a growing interdisciplinary approach to sustainability, "Green IT," offering both a human-centered framework for understanding Green IT systems and specific examples and case studies of Green IT in action. Tomlinson contrasts the broad ranges of time, space, and complexity against which environmental concerns play out to the relatively narrow horizons of human understanding: it's hard for us to grasp thousand-year projections of global climatic disruption or our stake in melting icecaps thousands of miles away. IT can bridge the gap between human scales of understanding and environmental scales. Tomlinson offers many examples of efforts toward sustainability supported by IT—from fishermen in India who eliminated waste by coordinating their activities with mobile phones to the installation of smart meters that optimize electricity use in California households—and offers three detailed studies of specific research projects that he and his colleagues have undertaken: EcoRaft, an interactive museum exhibit to help children learn principles of restoration ecology; Trackulous, a set of web-based tools with which people can chart their own environmental behavior; and GreenScanner, an online system that provides access to environmental-impact reports about consumer products. Taken together, these examples illustrate the significant environmental benefits innovations in information technology can enable.
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Book details

List price: $6.75
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 3/19/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 216
Size: 7.50" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Bill Tomlinson is Associate Professor of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine, and a Researcher at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology.

Acknowledgments
Introduction to Green IT
Environmental Horizons
Human Horizons
The Role of Technology
Survey of Green IT Systems
Green IT and Education
Green IT and Personal Change
Green IT and Collective Action
Ways Forward
Notes
References
Index