Information Systems for Environmental Sustainability

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

Earth Day: Why “Green” is Good

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1. Efficiency: News Corporation Goes Carbon Neutral

Our efficiency projects pay for themselves in less than two years, on average, and span from simple solutions like lighting retrofits and automatic PC shut-down to systemic changes like installing telepresence and videoconferencing technology to reduce the need for air travel. [more]

2. Innovation: Qantas teams with Solazyme to Produce Algal Biofuel

Solazyme, Inc., a leading renewable oils and bioproducts company, announced that it has begun a collaboration with Qantas, one of the world’s leading long distance airlines, to pursue the potential for commercial production of Solazyme’s microbial derived aviation fuel, Solajet™, in Australia. This represents the first collaboration in the Asia-Pacific region to explore the use of Solajet™ in commercial aviation. [more]

3. Recycling: Dell Saves 68,000 tons of electronics from landfills (2011),  a 16 percent increase.

Dell wants to recycle one billion pounds of the e-waste by 2014, and they are 2/3 of the way to their goal. The Dell Reconnect recycling program doesn’t only help the environment, by keeping metals like nickel and cadmium out of landfills, but also the community. [more]

4. ROI: UPS CFO Finds Payoff from Sustainability

Some of the things we do are simple, like limiting the number of left turns…and some we’ve come upon recently like leveraging telematics to remind drivers not to idle excessively…to accelerate gradually, and to not have sharp braking. Those things have a safety benefit and a sustainability benefit….We’re leveraging everything we can do to be a sustainable company. [more]


Author: nigelpm

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

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