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ARTICLES RELATED TO GREEN IT
DOCUMENT ONE: Emerging Trends in Green IT
This document focuses on emerging trends in Green IT. At the outset, it focused on the issues and economics of rising energy demand and how increasing utility costs, electronic equipments waste disposal, fuel the Green IT movement. Furthermore, it broached on the the programs, practices and processes conducted in Green IT practices such as energy efficiency programs, reducing power consumption, environmentally friendly electronic equipments, recycling and reducing of hazardous materials in the life cycle of a product. Finally, it concluded by addressing how Green IT is been incorporated and implemented in corporate agendas today and how its growing awareness among business leaders is helping organizations achieve cost reduction while also exhibiting a positive environmental commitment.
CGI 2010, “Emerging Trends in Green IT” Available from: https://www.cgi.com/sites/default/files/white-papers/cgi_whpr_84_emerging_trends_green_it_e.pdf(Accessed 25.01.2016)
DOCUMENT TWO: Harnessing Green IT: Principles and Practices
This document is relevant to the course Green IT and Sustainable computing as it discusses on our responsibility as a people in adopting a more holistic approach toward Greening IT in creating a more sustainable environment. Considering how crucial IT is in our society today and also it's environmental impacts such as electricity consumption, raw material consumption amongst other other environmental issues and problems, requires an immediate effort in making IT environmental friendly from cradle-to-grave. The document proposed some environmental friendly practices when utilizing IT such as reducing energy consumption by PC's, enabling power management features, greening data centers, energy conservation, visualization amongst other practices. It also encourages reuse, refurbishing and recycling of electrical components.
Murugesan S. 2008, “Harnessing Green IT: Principles and Practices” Available from: http://www.pitt.edu/~dtipper/2011/GreenPaper.pdf (Accessed 25.01.2016)
DOCUMENT THREE: Green IT: Sustainable Information Computing
This document is relevant to the course as it raises issues on regulations concerning Green procurement and supply chain programs in the restriction of the utilization of hazardous materials by computing manufacturers. Additionally,the use of cloud computing by outsourcing programs and functions of one computer to service providers over the internet and also sharing storage capacity with others reduces the number of hardware products thereby preventing waste. Furthermore, it emphasizes on technology as a solution to replacing corporate travels and employee commuting cost by utilizing more videoconferencing, remote access software to enable file sharing, email, internet access and collaboration software products.
Green IT: Sustainable Information Computing, “Why Green IT?” Available from http://www.greenit.net/whygreenit.html#6 (Accessed 25.01.2016)
edX course Philosophy and Critical Thinking. Link: https://courses.edx.org/courses/course-v1:UQx+META101x+1T2016/info
Key Concepts - Epistemology, Philosophical thinking, Cogency, Premises, Conclusions, Inferring, Sound arguments, Unsound arguments, Valid arguments, Invalid arguments, Foundationalism, Cohenrentism, Externalism, Reliabilism, Internalism, Pragmatism, Skepticism, Infallibilism, Fallibilism and Justified True Belief of Knowledge.
These concepts were covered during the explanation of cogency, argument structure and identifying arguments. Furthermore, topics such as “what is knowledge”, regress objections, alternative accounts of knowledge, circularity and skepticism gave detailed information on these philosophical concepts and keywords.
Key Concepts - Conditionals and Deductive fallacies, Necessary and sufficient conditions, Fallacy of composition and division, Cogito, Mind and body (dualism), Behaviorism, Eliminativism, Epiphenomenalism, Functionalism, Materialism, Physicalism, Reductionism, Intentionality, A posteriori, A priori, Four dimensionalism, Temporal and spatial parts, Personal identity and Fission.
Key concepts - Deduction, Induction, Generalization, Analogies, Idealism, Realism, Instrumentalism, Ontology, Problem of Induction, Correlation and Approaches to causation.
Key concepts - Intersubjectivity, Error detection, Reproducibility, Reliability, Explanatory frameworks, Cognitive biases, Logical fallacies, Rationalism, Science and Pseudoscience.
Comments on First Seminar
The multicultural and diversity of students generated discussions on sustainability from different perspective thereby giving a detailed information on what sustainability encompasses and if it should be viewed from a local or global viewpoint. I believe sustainability is interdependent on local and global perspective and countries should have a universal goal of sustainablity but define how to tackle sustainability issues locally.
Task after 2nd Seminar: A visionary person that have affected my perspective to sustainable development
Bunker Roy is an Indian social activist who founded the “barefoot college”. His focus is in educating illiterates and semi illiterates women in rural areas. He has cut across regions in India, Africa and Afghanistan and he empowers people (women) by understanding their background and has been able to infuse that in his sustainability goal. His aim was to provide basic services and infrastructures to rural communities and enable them be self-sufficient. His program has aided many women by teaching them technical skills in solar engineering, health care, rural handicrafts etc. and has been able to achieve women's empowerment, wasteland development and most important, education. Furthermore, he has been able to achieve success in other regions with the help of former students. Finally, he describes Barefoot College as “a place of learning and unlearning: where the teacher is the learner and the learner is the teacher.”
Bunker Roy has been able to achieve social, environmental and economic sustainability for these women in rural communities as they are not just educated, they recycle products, utilize renewable energy, improve quality of life and economic production.I personally relate to his ideas as I believe in education and empowerment. When people are educated and empowered, they are able to be self-sufficient and also achieve sustainability in their own locality. Bunker Roy has been able to cut across parts of the three main arms of sustainability (economic, social, environment) and I end with his quote “Strengthen the rural areas and you will find less people migrating to urban areas. You give them opportunity, self respect and self confidence, they will never go to an urban slum”.
SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE EDUCATION
This is a project launched by Nobel Laureate Dr. Lee Hartwell. The project is based in Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute and its aim is to empower K-8th grade educators with an understanding of how science, technology, design, and effective governance can create a sustainable society, and to inspire educators with the ability to translate these concepts. To create a sustainable future, children should know learn how to live sustainably and the best way to achieve this is by been taught in school from an early age. This is where training of teachers on sustainability comes in, so they can impart the knowledge on their students. When teachers’ knowledge, skills and attitude towards sustainability is improved, it is only expected that the students will have a positive attitude towards sustainability. Imparting this knowledge on students and also from parents to their wards gives the future generation the required tools, knowledge and skills to live sustainably. Thereby, moving closer to actualizing sustainability.
Q1. In your perspective, explain which arm of sustainability should be considered most important?
Explanation: There are three major arms of sustainability and they are Economy, Environmental and Social Sustainability. Which of the arm is a prerequisite to achieving sustainability agenda, that without success in that arm, we cannot truly and completely achieve sustainability.
Q2. Is population growth really a threat to achieving sustainability?
Explanation: People have been preaching a decrease in population. However, statistics show us that some parts of the world with more population do not consume as much as other parts of the world with less population. Therefore, is the threat to sustainability mainly a population or consumption threat.
Q3. Who defines sustainability and how should it be harmonized in respect to regions, developed and developing countries?
Explanation: Considering sustainability is a vast idea and concepts such as car sharing, recycling, reusing, re-manufacturing, refurbishing is already a norm in developing countries. Who then defines sustainability, as the concepts written earlier seems a recent concept in developed countries.
Q4. How should sustainability be measured?
Explanation: In relation to the previous question, sustainability is respective to regions. Some countries are more socially sustainable, while some are environmentally sustainable or economically sustainable. Should sustainability then be measured based on individual arms or as a whole.