Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Putting the IT in Green

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Putting the IT in Green

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AS EDITORIAL DIRECTOR at 1105 Media's Education Group, I oversee T.H.E. Journal, which covers technology in K-12, and Campus Technology, which focuses on higher education.

While both sets of readers ultimately have as their primary mission the support and improvement of student learning, they go about their work in entirely different ways. So it's not often that I see a strong convergence on issues between K-12 and higher ed IT--until this month.

April, the host month of Earth Day, provides an annual occasion for T.H.E. and CT to cover sustainable IT practices as well as the strategic role IT can play in the greening of its institution. What struck me as I edited both magazines is that while IT departments are increasingly doing a good job at greening their own backyards, they're still fairly siloed when it comes to involvement in larger sustainability initiatives.

I admit up front that my "evidence" is purely anecdotal, and is based on how hard it was for our reporters to find IT people who could speak to this strategic involvement. School IT leaders are definitely busy lowering IT's own footprint through the cloud, virtualization, remote management systems, and so forth. But they seem to be less than involved in more systemic green initiatives, which often find their home in departments such as facilities and transportation. It has been a surprise to me how often we learn that facilities and IT don't talk to each other, or that IT is not involved in helping design LEED-certified schools. …

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