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Conference Discussion Brief - Green ICT: Sustainablility for the 21st Century

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Conference Discussion Brief - Green ICT: Sustainablility for the 21st Century

  1. 1. Discussion Brief Green ICT: Sustainability for the 21st Century Written specifically for Connected Urban Development Global Conference 2008 by the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group Overview In the policies and plans for sustainability and eco-responsibility in cities, much atten- tion has been directed to three sectors: the built environment, energy, and mobility. At the commencement of the 21st century, it is obvious that a fourth, equally important ele- ment must be addressed: information and communications technology (ICT). ICT is both an environmental problem and an enabler of environmental benefits, but lacks a com- mon framework for data, performance metrics, and solution sets for urban sustainability. This panel is the start of a dialogue about how cities can create coherent, long-term

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