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  • It actually doesn’t matter whether:You are a climate change believer or scepticYou believe that climate change is the result of human activity or a natural cycleYou believe the predicted effects of climate change are over or understatedWHY?Governments are legislating to reduce carbon emissions at a cost to business.Companies now include environmental considerations into their purchasing decisions.Investors now evaluate a company’s environmental credentials and the cost of carbon emissions in their investment decisions.In general, shareholders and staff do not want to be associated with organisations that have poor environmental credentials. In the UNSW context, students and staff do not want to be associated with educational organisations that have poor environmental credentials.Other impacts such as effect on research grants etc
  • Gartner Estimates ICT Industry Accounts for 2 Percent of Global CO2 Emissions
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  • Sustainability and IT at UNSW

    1. 1. Sustainability and IT at UNSW <br />Aaron Magner<br /> UNSW Sustainability<br />
    2. 2. What is Sustainability?<br />> Living successfully in the present without compromising our ability to do so in the future.<br />> Requires a balance between environmental protection, social justice, economic well-being and cultural diversity.<br />> A guiding principle in UNSW’s Strategic Intent, B2B Blueprint to Beyond.<br />
    3. 3. IT has an indirect impact<br />IT has a direct impact<br />Top Sustainability issues today<br />
    4. 4. Imperatives for action<br />> UNSW expected to practice what we preach<br />> Leading by example<br />> Compliance with legislative requirements and regulatory risks<br />> Improve operational efficiency and lower costs<br />> Corporate Social Responsibility<br />> Marketing & meeting expectations of stakeholders<br />> Attracting and motivating the best students and staff<br />> Improve Australian Sustainability League Table ranking<br />
    5. 5. UNSW Sustainability Strategy<br />UNSW’s Sustainability Strategy sets short and medium term targets for:<br /> > Energy use<br /> > Water use<br /> > Waste<br /> > Procurement<br /> > Transport<br /> > Planning and Development<br /> > Research<br /> > Learning and Teaching<br /> > Governance<br /> > Biodiversity<br />The Sustainability Strategy also commits UNSW to producing a Sustainability Report measuring our performance against these targets.<br />
    6. 6. Key Sustainability Goals<br />> Make UNSW a model sustainable community<br />> Maintain economic viability and sustainability <br />> Enhance and protect the environment<br />> Reduce waste and pollutant emissions<br />> Use resources efficiently<br />> Maximise the utilisation of existing and future infrastructure <br />> Embed sustainability into the University policies, procedures & governance.<br />> Increase understanding & awareness of sustainability throughout UNSW<br />> Increase staff, student & community communication & participation<br />> Foster a vibrant and inclusive campus community.<br />
    7. 7. Key Sustainability Targets<br />Energy<br />Use energy efficiently and produce renewable energy.<br />Water<br />Reduce water use and increase water capture and recycling.<br />Waste<br />Increase recycling to 70% and decrease waste to landfill to 30%.<br />Procurement<br />Only purchase goods when absolutely necessary. <br />Assess whole-of-life impacts of products.Work with suppliers who support UNSW meet our sustainability goals.<br />
    8. 8. Key Sustainability Targets<br />Governance<br />Embed sustainability into the core of UNSW’s operations.<br />Transport<br />Reduce Greenhouse Gases by 40% over next 5-10 years based on 2010 levels. <br />Planning and Development<br />Best practice standards in accordance with Green Building Council frameworks in building design for all future development.<br />Learning and Teaching<br />Incorporate sustainability into the learning and teaching of the University.<br />
    9. 9. Sustainability challenges<br />> Resistance to change, apathy, skepticism<br />> Perception that addressing sustainability will cost more. Short term thinking.<br />> Collating data – energy use, waste, CO2<br />> Same challenges with implementing any change.<br />
    10. 10. IT at UNSW Sustainability challenges<br />> E-waste<br />> Energy use – SOE and power management<br />> Sustainable Procurement<br />> Desktop video conferencing, reduce air travel <br />> Energy, Water, Waste, Transport<br />> Communicating our message.<br />
    11. 11. Sustainability Opportunities<br />A call to action<br />> IT at UNSW Green Committee<br />> IT rep on UNSW Sustainability Working Group<br />> IT rep on Sustainable Procurement Working Group<br />> Conduct regular routine environmental audit<br />> Promoting our achievements <br />
    12. 12. E-waste<br />> 2.2 million PCs sold in 2009<br />> 1.6 million old PCs going to landfill<br />> To make a desktop computer uses:<br />240kg fossil fuels – 10 x weight of the PC<br />22kg chemicals<br />1500 pounds water<br />75% of PC’s carbon consumption across life cycle before its switched on.<br />
    13. 13. SOE and PC Power Management<br />> Power management software to all SOE PC’s. <br />> Customise computer energy & print settings for each user. <br />> All UNSW PCs to have power management software by 2012. <br />> Setting targets to reduce energy use. <br />> Energy Awareness Campaign.<br />
    14. 14. Green League Table<br /> Coming Soon<br />> US & UK have University sustainability league tables. <br />>US College Sustainability Report Card<br />>UK Green League Table<br />>MonashSustainable Campus Group invited UNSW to join an Australian sustainability league table. <br />> Sustainability Strategy a benefit UNSW’s ranking.<br />
    15. 15. Keep in touch<br />Become a Fan of us on Facebook.<br />Follow us on Twitter.<br />Add your photos to our Flickr Group.<br />I see a future where UNSW demonstrates we can<br />work, live and learn sustainably. <br />Are you in?<br />