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Green IT3: Sustainability Indicators


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The document describes the set of indicators of Sustainable Development, introduced by the United Nations' Division of Sustainable Development, and also the history of these indicators introduction.

This paper presents the information of the relation between ICT and sustainable development: reasons and ways to use ICT in working, travelling, shopping, etc. for sustainability.

This document explains 3 major ways to use ICT to improve environmental sustainability: empowering people, extending natural resources and optimising systems.

  • Design “Sustainability movement”:

The major idea of any movement is to encourage people to do or not to do certain things. The encouragement can have different basis: financial motivation, social influence, legal restrictions, etc. In my opinion, the best way to do that is to bond people together socially within this movement. It means that the more people communicate and share information, their knowledge and experience in this particular movement, the more they become sure that they are not alone in their way of thinking and doing towards more sustainable style of living.

For example, in my country there was a movement of gathering people from the same block of flats, school or work place and to clean the place of their shared usage. For instance, owners of the flats in one house cleaned together the yard, sometimes decorated it and planted flowers and trees. That is just an example, but it somehow bonded people for the same goal, so they collaborated with each other.

Maybe, it can be possible to gather people for promoting more sustainable way of living. For instance, every month there might be an “Sustainability movement” event in each small district of the city (or even just in each block of flats), where people can sell and buy some stuff that they don't need or don't use anymore (clothes, toys, cutlery, furniture, etc.), promote sustainable way of living. As the event is going to take place not only in one place for the whole city, there will be no need for people to go somewhere by car and produce carbon dioxide. Also, this event can include some sort of entertainment, so more people will be attracted to this. In this way of organizing people's communication (like a fair) used things won't be just disposed, but might be reused for different purposes. And also people will learn from each other how to be “sustainable”. This idea is very raw, and most likely to have some drawbacks. But I think that might be the basis for the development of future sustainability movement in practice.

Critical thinking

For the critical thinking part I attended the course “Philosophy and Critical Thinking”. Here is the results of the course.

Computing Research for Sustainability (TASK MISSING LECTURES)

As I was absent on the lecture dedicated to “Computing Research for Sustainability” (by Lynette I. Millett and Deborah L. Estrin) book, I wrote brief summary of all chapters of this book. crforsbelyakhina.doc