Green IT, according to the author and editor-in-chief of IEEE IT Professional magazine, San Murugesan, is defined as:
designing, manufacturing, using, and disposing of computers, servers, and associated subsystems – such as monitors, printers, storage devices, and networking and communications systems – efficiently and effectively with minimal or no impact on the environment.
It is the use of technological devices effectively and in a way so as not to harm our natural resources. Green IT is also known as green computing.
Exercising the green mantra has become an extremely important task in today’s world, with the sales of computers, laptops, and mobile phones increasing exponentially and nothing to regulate them. Technology develops at an amazing speed and each day there are new devices that hit the market, making the previous versions obsolete. This leads to the collection of technological waste and a huge amount of useless junk. This once-useful trash, if not recycled and reused, may choke nature’s life processes. Thus, the earnest contribution of each individual is required in order to build an environment that is not dying a slow death due to our selfish actions. Every business enterprise, no matter how small or big, can take steps to transform itself into an environmentally-friendly organization.
Some steps that businesses can take in order to make their work sustainable and help improve the balance in nature are listed below:
1. Use less paper
Reduce the amount of waste paper by using effective printers that reduce weight. The total paper used for office tasks can be easily reduced to half if the printer has the option to print both sides automatically. Packaging should be done with material that is biodegradable and easy to recycle.
2. Use less energy
Better power management tools reduce consumption and make energy conservation possible. You should use equipment and devices that require less power for functioning.
3. Work remotely
Companies should make use of web conferencing or teleconferencing instead of wasting huge sums of money on travel. Several reports have inferred that every year, companies could save millions of dollars on travel, not to mention precious time and other resources, if they switch to web conferencing. Not only will they be more in step with technology, but it can also be greener.
Telecommunication, which refers to employees interacting with each other through telecommuting from different locations, could also save the resources wasted on travel and save huge amounts of money each year.
4. Use the cloud
The emergence of cloud computing has proved to be a boon in innumerable ways in today’s business world. Many companies and organizations are considering outsourcing certain departments to cloud hosting providers. This results in a better use of available resources when compared to businesses accommodating varied departments that work individually with no effective or sustainable model.
It’s high time now that every individual moves toward a greener environment. When are you planning that big move?