Excellence in Infrastructure – Green IT event {Guest Blogpost}

[This article was kindly guest written for us by Sian Cummins (of the JISC's Yorkshire and Humber Regional Support Centre) to share what happened at their recent 'Excellence in Infrastructure – towards Green IT' online event.]

JISC Yorkshire and Humber logoOnline events reduce the need to travel and can be an opportunity to feature speakers who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend. An online event, with its potential to save resources, seemed an ideal platform for the most recent  in the JISC RSC YH Excellence in Infrastructure series. The ‘Green IT’ event was run using Elluminate online conferencing, featuring presenters from Loughborough, Scunthorpe and Leeds.

Gordon Millner (presenting from home!) and representing our sister JISC East Midlands office, opened by asking ‘Where do you Start?’ Gordon considered the organisational approach to Green IT vs. a personal, localised approach. He felt that, while both are important, personal efforts ultimately make the most difference and bring pressure on others to make changes. Organisational awareness can be high, but action can lag due to conflicting priorities.
Effective communication is important to the ‘green IT’ message at organisational and personal levels. Organisations should consider how accessible their communications are. In order to gain a captive audience, one learning provider has moved notices to corridors where students wait for lessons.

Craig Douglas from John Leggot College in Scunthorpe presented a ‘techie’ view, highlighting the ways virtualisation and remote desktop technologies can save energy by making better use of central resources and infrastructure. Craig talked about how using the network for phones, CCTV and building management could make real cost savings and improvements in efficiency.

Feedback was positive with delegates asking for more online events.

Ken Scott, our event lead, made the following comments on the online event format:

  • online events take as long to plan and organise as a face to face meeting
  • a different etiquette applies and delegates need to be aware of how to ask questions, for example
  • have a back up plan in case of technical problems – record presentations in advance which can be screened if a presenter is unable to connect
  • two members of the event team need to monitor time, questions and technical issues throughout

The event was enjoyable and informative and we hope it saved more energy than it consumed!

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Written by Helen Harrop

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