Emerging Tech

The Role of IT in Campus Sustainability Efforts

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Executive Summary

As the impact of worldwide carbon emissions comes into sharper focus, college and university sustainability efforts are increasingly turning green, focusing on ways to use resources more efficiently, consume less, and reduce campus carbon footprints. Yet, despite the direct impact of IT on institutional carbon levels and the potential for new technologies to reduce inefficiencies, campus IT is not always brought to the meeting table. In November, campus leaders in IT and facilities gathered in Adelphi, Maryland, at the University of Maryland, University College, for a two-day EDUCAUSE Summit on IT Greening and Sustainability to begin building connections between campus IT and wider sustainability efforts. This white paper captures key findings from the two days of brainstorming, discussion, and resource sharing and outlines a higher education agenda for moving forward.

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