European Programme for Sustainable ICT in Academic Education
Information and communication technology (ICT) pervades almost all aspects of our lives, and has become fundamental for the running of economies across every sector, from manufacturing and logistics to retailing and health services. However, from an energy point of view, computing is a process with low efficiency that has a growing proportion of the global energy budget, thus contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. Carbon emissions from data centers are increasing with larger web server farms, and consumer ICT devices already present the largest ICT energy load - especially mobile handsets, personal computers and TV sets. If we want to resolve the problem of scarce energy resources and leave a clean and healthy earth to future generations, we have to reduce the spoiling of energy and materials that are involved with ICT. The EPSIAE project started in spring 2010 with a consortium of six European universities that were willing to synchronize their efforts to introduce sustainability in ICT into their education . The aim is to make students aware of the necessity for more sustainable ICT and to confront them with different aspects to resolve the problems of energy and material waste in ICT.
The EPSIAE project is part of a course at the respective home university and will include the related competences in the curricula of the participating universities. At their home university students will follow lectures related to sustainable ICT, participate in discussions and workshops, and perform group works on a specific related subject. 14 Lecturers and 62 students will participate in the project, and the level of students will vary from 3rd year Bachelor to first year post graduate. During a two-week international visit in The Netherlands, students of all participating universities will come together to follow lectures, participate in discussions and workshops, visit ICT-companies and present the outcome of their group works to both their international peers and company representatives. Students will continue working on their projects in international groups in order to get new ideas and adjust their solutions. This part of the project will result in a presentable piece of work (e.g. a poster or video) that will be displayed in a museum, conference hall or public hall to confront a larger audience with the subject and inform them about possible solutions.