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Jose

1) Create your own wiki page - ok
2) Search and select three (3) documents (web pages, articles, videos, …) of the topic of your course (Data & Privacy in Critical thinking and Sustainability in Green IT course) and explain why those documents are relevant for the course - On going
3) Buy both books - Both are done.
4) Sustainability Brazilian Analysis - Task with group 1 - {{:courses:ct60a7000:spring2016:green:greening:sustainability_matrix.pptx|}}

2. Related to coursera, I decided to do the course on edX, it starts on Feb/26 - 
Course is done, its confirmation sent my e-mail. Print screen file:
 http://www2.it.lut.fi/wiki/lib/exe/fetch.php/courses/ct60a7000/spring2016/green/greening/edx_philosophy_and_critital_thinking_jose_fonseca.jpg?w=120&h=67&t=1458771211&tok=71ed4f


Homework,important articles:

1) Emerging Trends in Green IT (CGI) https://www.cgi.com/sites/default/files/white-papers/cgi_whpr_84_emerging_trends_green_it_e.pdf

Why it is relevant? Answer: It shows how important Green IT is for companies, related to its value and targets o CSR, environment and revenue.

2) What us Green IT? http://www.aboutgreenit.co.uk/what-is-green-it/

Why it is relevant? Answer: It explain the value of Green IT and shows how Greenpeace consider Green TI inside its strategies.

3) Environmental Leader http://www.environmentalleader.com/category/green-it

Why it is relevant? Answer: Several initiatives related to Green IT and Internet of Things and how they will work together in the future.

Activity - Person related to sustainability:

Why I selected Jimmy Wales?

I had the unique opportunity to see a lecture from him in 2014, Dublin One Young World Event. His point of view related to information and knowledge share is amazing. His plan to keep wikipedia free and open for everyone shows his idea of sharing and easy the access of knowledge to everyone. Wikipedia is a good example of tool to spread sustainability concept to everyone, considering all dimensions (social, economical and environment).

Jimmy Wales co-founder of Wikipedia Open data about his career: “Wales was born in Huntsville, Alabama, where he attended Randolph School, a university-preparatory school. Later he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in finance from Auburn University and the University of Alabama, respectively.

While in graduate school, he taught at two universities, but left before completing a PhD to take a job in finance and later worked as the research director of a Chicago futures and options firm. In 1996, he and two partners founded Bomis, a male-oriented web portal featuring entertainment and adult content. The company would provide the initial funding for the peer-reviewed free encyclopedia Nupedia (2000–03) and its successor, Wikipedia. On January 15, 2001, with Larry Sanger and others, Wales launched Wikipedia—a free, open content encyclopedia that enjoyed rapid growth and popularity; as Wikipedia's public profile grew, he became the project's promoter and spokesman. He is historically cited as a co-founder of Wikipedia, though he has disputed the “co-” designation, declaring himself the sole founder. Wales serves on the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit charitable organization he helped establish to operate Wikipedia, holding its board-appointed “community founder” seat. In 2004, he co-founded Wikia, a for-profit wiki hosting service. His role in creating Wikipedia, which has become the world's largest encyclopedia, prompted Time magazine to name him in its 2006 list of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World”.

Education & Sustainability

After my thoughts about the topic goes the three links I used for my discussion. First I would like to focus on the importance of the research on sustainability. The proliferation of master's courses adopting the environmental angle on traditional disciplines, from environmental economics to climate modelling has increased a lot. Several universities around the world are focus on these topics. However, much more than only courses, the education of environmentally responsible citizens, on tweaking curriculum to ensure that courses contain useful skills for a world altered by climate change are key points for our society. Good examples of universities reducing its energy consumptions, “green deans” and so on can move society through a better future. Also magazines are already focused on sustainability, like the Journal of Sustainability Education Furthermore Unesco, United Nation, Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization defends strongly the concept of education for sustainable development.

Education for Sustainable Development means including key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning; for example, climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption. It also requires participatory teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behaviour and take action for sustainable development. Education for Sustainable Development consequently promotes competencies like critical thinking, imagining future scenarios and making decisions in a collaborative way.

In the United States, they have a national ranking of universities to push all them to become more greener. The Colorado State University is the greenest higher-learning institution in the United States. As the first school in the world to earn Platinum in the STARS rating system, Colorado State leads the nation in sustainability best practices. This green campus is home to the first solar-heated/air-conditioned on-campus building. Colorado State worked with NASA to develop a cloud-profiling radar system, CloudStat, which monitors climate change and provides CSU students with incredible research opportunities concerning its own energy usages.

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/books/sustainability-at-universities-opportunities-challenges-and-trends/412378.article http://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/choosing-university/green-universities http://www.bestcolleges.com/features/greenest-universities/ http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/leading-the-international-agenda/education-for-sustainable-development/

Exam questions task: “Create 4 exam questions representing the course contents. Explain why the question is good”

Question 1: Considering the book “Sustainability History”, explain at least 5 of the challenges of sustainability and give your opinion in how to tackle these challenges? Explanation: This question is important as it measures if the student learnt the actual and future challenges of sustainability.

Question 2: What are the differences between sustainable growth and economic growth? Explanation: This is a very up to date topic that still a challenge for many people to understand the differences between these two terms and in what extent there are similar.

Question 3: Explain the sustainability model of your country developed along the course. What are the key drivers to define the size of social, environment and economic perspective? Explanation: This was a very nice activity we had in the course and it somehow summarize all the knowledge and critical point of view students should develop during the course.

Question 4: Describe with you own words a summary of the history of sustainability and how IT had support sustainability and how it could support even more in the future? Explanation: This question put together both books of the course and challenge the student to think out of the box of possibilities for the future. I believe this question would be the last one in an exam as a course conclusion.