Workshop Title:

Economic Benefits of Green Information Technology

Date:

April 5th, 2023 (CDT)

Organizer:

ITM Department, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

Keywords:

  • Green IT
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Sustainability
  • Information Technology
  • Economic Development
  • Renewable Energy
  • Data Centers
  • E-Waste Reduction
  • Software Optimization
  • Sustainable Procurement

Workshop Chair:

Dr. Marwan Omar
Associate Professor in Illinois Institute of Technology

Personal Bio:

Dr. Omar's Academic career has consistently focused on applied, industry-relevant cyber security, Data Analytics, machine learning, application of AI to cyber security and digital forensics research and education that delivers real-world results. He brings a unique combination of industry experience as well as teaching experience gained from teaching across different cultures and parts of the world. He has an established self-supporting program in machine learning application to cyber security. He has established a respectable research record in AI and cyber security exemplified in the dozens of published papers and book chapters that have gained recognition among researchers and practitioners (more than 272 Google scholar citations thus far). He is actively involved in graduate as well as undergraduate machine learning education including curriculum development and assessment.

Dr. Omar has recently published two books with Springer on Machine Learning and Cyber Security and has also published research with IEEE conference on Sematic Computing. Additionally, Dr. Omar holds numerous industry certifications including Comptia Sec+, ISACA CDPSE, EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker, and SANS Advanced Smartphone Forensics Analyst.

Dr. Omar has been very active and productive in both academia as well as the industry and he is currently serving as an associate professor of cyber security at Illinois Institute of Technology.

Workshop Description:

Background:

The background of the workshop on the role of information technology in energy efficiency and green development with a focus on Green IT is rooted in the growing need for sustainability in economic development. Economic growth has traditionally been associated with increased energy consumption, resulting in a significant environmental impact. However, this paradigm is changing as individuals, organizations, and governments recognize the need for sustainability in economic development.

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in Green IT, a practice that focuses on reducing the environmental impact of information technology while also promoting economic development. Green IT encompasses a range of practices, including energy-efficient hardware, sustainable data center design, software optimization, e-waste reduction, and sustainable procurement. By adopting Green IT practices, organizations can reduce their energy consumption and operating costs while also promoting sustainability.

The economic benefits of Green IT are significant. By adopting sustainable practices in the design and operation of technology systems, organizations can reduce their energy consumption and operating costs, resulting in significant cost savings and increased competitiveness. Additionally, the adoption of renewable energy sources to power technology infrastructure can create new markets for renewable energy technologies, driving innovation and job creation in the sector.

Furthermore, Green IT can play a critical role in promoting sustainable economic development in developing countries. Many developing countries are in the process of expanding their technology infrastructure, creating an opportunity to implement sustainable practices from the outset. By adopting Green IT practices, these countries can reduce their environmental impact while also promoting economic growth and reducing dependence on fossil fuels.

The workshop on the role of information technology in energy efficiency and green development with a focus on Green IT aims to promote sustainable economic development by highlighting the economic benefits of Green IT and exploring strategies for implementing sustainable practices in the design and operation of technology systems. By doing so, the workshop can help to drive progress towards a more sustainable future while also promoting economic growth and competitiveness. Overall, the workshop can contribute to a more sustainable and prosperous future for all.

Goal / Rationale:

The goal of the workshop on the role of information technology in energy efficiency and green development with a focus on Green IT is to explore strategies and best practices that can help reduce the environmental impact of information technology while also promoting economic development. The workshop will bring together experts in the field to share their experiences and knowledge, and to identify opportunities for collaboration and innovation.

One of the primary goals of the workshop is to highlight the economic benefits of Green IT. By adopting sustainable practices in the design and operation of technology systems, organizations can reduce their energy consumption and operating costs. This can result in significant cost savings, improved efficiency, and increased competitiveness.

In addition, Green IT can also create new opportunities for economic growth. For example, the adoption of renewable energy sources to power data centers and other technology infrastructure can create new markets for renewable energy technologies, driving innovation and job creation in the sector.

Another goal of the workshop is to explore how Green IT can be used to promote sustainable economic development in developing countries. Many developing countries are in the process of expanding their technology infrastructure, creating an opportunity to implement sustainable practices from the outset. By adopting Green IT practices, these countries can reduce their environmental impact while also promoting economic growth and reducing dependence on fossil fuels.

Finally, the workshop will explore how Green IT can be used to address pressing environmental challenges such as climate change. By reducing energy consumption and promoting sustainable practices, Green IT can help to reduce carbon emissions and other harmful environmental impacts. This is a critical issue given the urgent need to address climate change and other environmental challenges.

Overall, the goal of the workshop is to promote sustainable economic development by highlighting the economic benefits of Green IT and exploring strategies for implementing sustainable practices in the design and operation of technology systems. By doing so, the workshop can help to drive progress towards a more sustainable future while also promoting economic growth and competitiveness.

Scope and Information for Participants:

The scope of the workshop on the role of information technology in energy efficiency and green development with a focus on Green IT is broad and far-reaching. The workshop will cover a range of topics related to Green IT, including energy-efficient hardware, sustainable data center design, software optimization, e-waste reduction, and sustainable procurement. Additionally, the workshop will explore how Green IT can be used to promote sustainable economic development in both developed and developing countries.

One key area of focus for the workshop is energy-efficient hardware. This includes exploring the latest developments in energy-efficient server design, as well as strategies for reducing energy consumption in other hardware devices such as desktop computers, laptops, and mobile devices.

Another area of focus is sustainable data center design. Data centers are major consumers of energy, and their energy consumption is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. The workshop will explore strategies for reducing the energy consumption of data centers, such as using renewable energy sources, improving cooling efficiency, and optimizing server utilization.

The workshop will also explore software optimization as a means of reducing energy consumption. This includes examining strategies for optimizing code to reduce energy consumption and exploring the latest developments in energy-efficient software design.

E-waste reduction is another important area of focus for the workshop. With millions of tons of electronic devices discarded each year, the workshop will explore strategies for reducing e-waste, including recycling, refurbishing, and responsible disposal.

Finally, the workshop will explore how Green IT can be used to promote sustainable economic development in both developed and developing countries. This includes exploring the economic benefits of Green IT, identifying opportunities for innovation and job creation in the sector, and exploring strategies for implementing sustainable practices in technology infrastructure.

Overall, the scope of the workshop is broad and diverse, reflecting the multifaceted nature of Green IT and its potential to promote sustainable economic development. By bringing together experts from a range of disciplines and perspectives, the workshop aims to foster collaboration and innovation in this important area.

Highlights:

The workshop on the role of information technology in energy efficiency and green development with a focus on Green IT brought together experts from various fields to explore the economic benefits of Green IT and strategies for implementing sustainable practices in technology systems. The workshop covered a broad range of topics, including energy-efficient hardware, sustainable data center design, software optimization, e-waste reduction, and sustainable procurement.

Participants discussed the economic benefits of Green IT, including cost savings, increased competitiveness, and job creation in the renewable energy sector. They also explored strategies for reducing energy consumption and environmental impact in technology systems, including the use of renewable energy sources, improving cooling efficiency, optimizing server utilization, and reducing e-waste.

Finally, the workshop will explore how Green IT can be used to promote sustainable economic development in both developed and developing countries. This includes exploring the economic benefits of Green IT, identifying opportunities for innovation and job creation in the sector, and exploring strategies for implementing sustainable practices in technology infrastructure.

Overall, the workshop highlighted the critical role that Green IT can play in promoting sustainable economic development while also reducing environmental impact. The insights and ideas generated by the workshop can help to drive progress towards a more sustainable future while also promoting economic growth and competitiveness.

Access to Workshop:

ICMRED 2023 Workshop: Economic Benefits of Green Information Technology - Youtube

Venue:

Illinois Institute of Technology, 10 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60616

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