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Greening Through IT: Information Technology for Environmental Sustainability

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andlt;Pandgt;Environmental issues often span long periods of time, far-flung areas, and labyrinthine layers of complexity. In andlt;Iandgt;Greening through ITandlt;/Iandgt;, Bill Tomlinson investigates how the tools and techniques of information technology (IT) can help us tackle environmental problems at such vast scales. Tomlinson describes theoretical, technological, and social aspects of a growing interdisciplinary approach to sustainability, andquot;Green IT,andquot; offering both a human-centered framework for understanding Green IT systems and specific examples and case studies of Green IT in action. Tomlinson descrobes many efforts toward sustainability supported by IT--from fishers in India who maximized the sales potential of their catch by coordinating their activities with mobile phones to the installation of smart meters that optimize electricity use in California households--and offers three detailed studies of specific research projects that he and his colleagues have undertaken: EcoRaft, an interactive museum exhibit to help children learn principles of restoration ecology; Trackulous, a set of web-based tools with which people can chart their own environmental behavior; and GreenScanner, an online system that provides access to environmental-impact reports about consumer products. Taken together, these examples illustrate the significant environmental benefits that innovations in information technology can enable.andlt;/Pandgt;

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How the tools of information technology can support environmental sustainability by tackling problems that span broad scales of time, space, and complexity.

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andlt;Pandgt;How the tools of information technology can support environmental sustainability by tackling problems that span broad scales of time, space, and complexity.andlt;/Pandgt;

Synopsis:

Environmental issues often span long periods of time, far-flung areas, and labyrinthine layers of complexity. In

Synopsis:

Environmental issues often span long periods of time, far-flung areas, and labyrinthine layers of complexity. In Greening through IT, Bill Tomlinson investigates how the tools and techniques of information technology (IT) can help us tackle environmental problems at such vast scales. Tomlinson describes theoretical, technological, and social aspects of a growing interdisciplinary approach to sustainability, "Green IT," offering both a human-centered framework for understanding Green IT systems and specific examples and case studies of Green IT in action. Tomlinson descrobes many efforts toward sustainability supported by IT--from fishers in India who maximized the sales potential of their catch by coordinating their activities with mobile phones to the installation of smart meters that optimize electricity use in California households--and offers three detailed studies of specific research projects that he and his colleagues have undertaken: EcoRaft, an interactive museum exhibit to help children learn principles of restoration ecology; Trackulous, a set of web-based tools with which people can chart their own environmental behavior; and GreenScanner, an online system that provides access to environmental-impact reports about consumer products. Taken together, these examples illustrate the significant environmental benefits that innovations in information technology can enable.

About the Author

Bill Tomlinson is Associate Professor of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine, and a Researcher at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262013932
Author:
Tomlinson, Bill
Publisher:
MIT Press (MA)
Author:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Green technology
Subject:
Information technology
Subject:
General
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Environmental - General
Subject:
Internet-Information
Copyright:
Series:
Greening through IT
Publication Date:
20100319
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 b, &, w illus., 9 halftones, 8 graphs
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 7 x 0.5 in

Related Subjects

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Reference » Science Reference » Technology
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General

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"Synopsis" by , How the tools of information technology can support environmental sustainability by tackling problems that span broad scales of time, space, and complexity.
"Synopsis" by , andlt;Pandgt;How the tools of information technology can support environmental sustainability by tackling problems that span broad scales of time, space, and complexity.andlt;/Pandgt;
"Synopsis" by , Environmental issues often span long periods of time, far-flung areas, and labyrinthine layers of complexity. In
"Synopsis" by , Environmental issues often span long periods of time, far-flung areas, and labyrinthine layers of complexity. In Greening through IT, Bill Tomlinson investigates how the tools and techniques of information technology (IT) can help us tackle environmental problems at such vast scales. Tomlinson describes theoretical, technological, and social aspects of a growing interdisciplinary approach to sustainability, "Green IT," offering both a human-centered framework for understanding Green IT systems and specific examples and case studies of Green IT in action. Tomlinson descrobes many efforts toward sustainability supported by IT--from fishers in India who maximized the sales potential of their catch by coordinating their activities with mobile phones to the installation of smart meters that optimize electricity use in California households--and offers three detailed studies of specific research projects that he and his colleagues have undertaken: EcoRaft, an interactive museum exhibit to help children learn principles of restoration ecology; Trackulous, a set of web-based tools with which people can chart their own environmental behavior; and GreenScanner, an online system that provides access to environmental-impact reports about consumer products. Taken together, these examples illustrate the significant environmental benefits that innovations in information technology can enable.
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