Greening ICT to address Global Downturn and Global Warming
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Greening ICT to address Global Downturn and Global Warming

9am to 12 noon, Thursday 19 February 2008
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Room N101, Building 108
The Australian National University
North Road ANU ACT 0200


A free half day event bringing together people from academia, industry and government who are interested in sustainable uses of ICT to address Global Economic Turmoil and Global Warming challenges through effective organizational policy, reliability, availability, and efficient operations.

The first Green ICT Symposium was held in November 2008. To be on the list for details, contact:


On 3 February 2009 the Australian Prime Minister announced a strategy to deal with the effects of the global financial crisis on the Australian economy. The strategy includes funding for national infrastructure, education, energy reduction and combating climate change. Such a large and complex task will require rapid decision making and detailed oversight of projects. Computer based systems and the Internet offer the opportunity to help refine the policy and aid in its implementation, as well as form part of the projects implemented. The main topics that will be discussed are as follows.

  1. Bridging the ICT-Energy “Disconnect”
  2. Start Measuring, Implement Energy Efficiency Measures and Save to Maximize Bottom Lines
  3. “Green ICT quick wins”, operational and user behaviour change
  4. Development of “Green ICT” training needs
  5. Social networking, E-government and m-government in government and business
  6. University roles in R&D and deployment of 'green’ cyber infrastructure and ICT enablers
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8:30 to 9:00 am Registration.

The event is limited to 40 participants. Please book with:

Please note that ANU has limited parking and participants are encouraged to catch the bus.

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Senator Kate Lundy9.00am 9:00 to 9:10 am Welcome

By Senator Kate Lundy

Kate Lundy was elected as the Labor Senator for the Australian Capital Territory in March 1996, at age 28. Between 1998 and 2007 Kate Lundy was a Shadow Minister, covering various portfolios throughout this time including Sport, Health Promotion, Information Technology, Local Government, Manufacturing, Consumers Affairs and Youth.

As a government Senator, Kate is an active member of several Parliamentary Committees, including Chair of the Joint Standing Committee for the National Capital and External Territories, member of the Senate Committee on Environment, Communications and the Arts, Joint Public Accounts and Audit and a Chair of the Presiding Officers’ Information Technology Advisory Committee.

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Daniel Mudimbe9:00 to 9:20 am "Establishing fully operational Green ecosystem for governmental agencies", Daniel Mudimbe, Alliance Manager, VMware (Palo Alto, USA - video link)

Daniel Mudimbe currently leads VMware's Energy Efficiency programs and Green IT initiatives, which includes structuring energy incentives programs with major utility companies, recruiting Energy Efficiency partners, and managing VMware's emerging energy credit program. Before joining VMware, Daniel worked for well-known companies such as Netscape, Loudcloud, EDS, and Kemper Financials, structuring and closing a variety of programs and large transactions with companies like Nike, Estee Lauder, Bechtel, Inco, Toronto Stock Exchange, Cap Gemini, and Rogers Communications. Daniel Mudimbe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from Moravian College.

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9:25 to 9:45 am “Green IT Tools for raising awareness, assessing environmental impact and implementing greener IT practices”, Jessica Vreeswijk, Principal, Terrabytes Consulting (Vancouver, Canada – video link)

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9:45 to 10.00 am Tea/Coffee Break

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Senator Kate Lundy10:00 to 10:20 am

By Senator Kate Lundy

Senator Lundy is a member of several government committees on the use of technology for government. She will talk about her own experience of using a smart phone in government and as Chair of the Presiding Officers’ Information Technology Advisory Committee.

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10:25 to 10:45 am Mark Winter, Founder, Computers Off Australia and (International), The Business Case for a Green ICT Strategy

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10:50 to 11:10 am "Green ICT Potential and eGovernment Capacity Building in Bangladesh", Ahmed Imran PhD Candidate, National Centre for Information System Research, ANU College of Business and Economics

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11:15 to 11:35 am "The Need for eGovernment Policies to Build a Smart Economy", Judy Anderson, Government Programs, IBM Australia Ltd

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11:40 to 12:00 noon "Role of Universities in R&D and Deployment of ICT Sustainability", Dr. Idris F. Sulaiman, CEO, Computers Off Australia and Visiting Fellow, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science.

ICT accounts for a large portion of CO2 emissions at research universities, and it is estimated that higher education is responsible for between five and 10 percent of U.S. carbon emissions. What role do universities play through research, development and the deployment of so-called 'green' cyber-infrastructure and ICT enablers?

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Tom Worthington

12:05 to 12:30 noon Tom Worthington, Founder, Green ICT Group, ACS, Director, Tomw Consulting, and Senior Adjunct Lecturer, ANU Dept. Computer Science, "Learning to lower carbon emissions with e-Learning and Social Networking"

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12:30 pm Lunch.

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