Welcome! The backbone of a cutting-edge academic and research institution is its technological infrastructure. However, the growing computing needs of research and the wide variety of computers and mobile devices in use consume a significant amount of energy and associated greenhouse gas emissions.
- To read the stories in this series visit: www.green.harvard.edu/greeningit
In response to this challenge, a Green IT sub-committee comprised of key IT and facilities leaders from Harvard’s Schools and administrative units, and co-chaired by Eric DeSouza (HUIT), James Cuff (FAS) and Doug Scatterday (HBS), has recently begun meeting to revise key guidelines and recommendations for reducing energy and cutting greenhouse gas emissions from the University’s IT infrastructure.
As part of this effort, the Office for Sustainability is partnering with the sub-committee members on a Greening IT story series on the Sustainability at Harvard website to chronicle the case studies and best practices being implemented across Harvard by IT and facilities professionals. Our goal is to document successful projects and recognize the individuals who are working hard to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with Harvard’s IT infrastructure.
The committee first established green IT guidelines in 2010 and at the request of the Chief Information Officer Council is currently updating those guidelines to ensure Harvard is exploring best practices in energy efficient and green technologies. In the coming weeks we will be posting case studies for:
- Data centers and networks
- Endpoint devices
- Intelligent building systems and green buildings
Every story and case study we post as part of this series will be posted with the Greening IT banner so you know it's part of the series. Whether you’re a member of the Harvard community or a visitor we hope you find this information useful as you implement your Green IT strategy.