Information Systems for Environmental Sustainability

IT, Resource Productivity, Environmental Preservation, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Environmental Management Systems – Role of ICT

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An EPA report on environmental management systems (EMS) lists the following as key indicators of best in class performance for EMS



If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.

Researchers studying how organizations use (or might use) IS for environmental sustainability might get some good inspiration here.

A few examples (from BIT 551):

IT platforms create options for business value
Like Onstar’s use of vehicle data to inform warranty services, environmental data can be repurposed and used to generate new value not anticipated at the outset.

Reframe information systems projects as service projects IS development projects for sustainability can be re-framed as the development of new environmental services involving data and information, which guides systems development, user requirements, technology requirements, etc.

Cover all benefit bases: financial, perceptual (customer satisfaction, etc.), qualitative (learning, etc.), business options, green; do things better, do new things, stop doing things, etc.


Author: nigelpm

Associate Professor of Information Systems, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan - Helping organizations to navigate digital transformation.

One thought on “Environmental Management Systems – Role of ICT

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