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ICT4D in the United States

VNL Halifax solar base stationOur coverage of ICT4D - information and communications technology for development - has been tracking the deployment of renewable-powered mobile base stations as an alternative to diesel power in remote areas. There are now tens of thousands of these sites, primarily in Asia. One player in this space, Indian telecom equipment manufacturer Vihaan Networks Limited (VNL) , is bringing this technology to rural America. This is a great example of global cross-fertilization within ICT4D.

Green ICT Progress in Higher Education

We've noted that there has been too little focus on Green ICT in American higher education. This does not mean that colleges and universities in American and around the global aren't making any progress at all - you can click on the 'education' tag above to see examples. We regularly add updates about global higher education in this post -- we just took a look at Green ICT in the Netherlands.

Intel, Microsoft and Google Are Top ICT Companies in EPA Green Power Partnership

EPA Green Power Partnership logoICT company sites continue to be well represented among the Fortune 500 locations participating in the EPA Green Power Partnership as of July 2014.

"Energy Harvesting" Powers Small Wireless Devices

We first noted the potential of "energy harvesting" to power devices without conventional batteries or grid connections three years ago. 2013 research shows the "Ambient Energy Harvesters" (AEH) market growing at a CAGR of 17%. Some wearable tech incorporates AEH and AEH can mitigate the environmental impact of the Internet of Things (IoT). These applications, which could significantly reduce IoT's battery e-waste stream, will likely accelerate the market.

'Internet of Things' Presents Green ICT Challenges

We've counted over 17 billion pieces of e-gear attached to the global ICT infrastructure. The 'Internet of Things' (IoT) will dramatically increase this number by the end of the decade. Can technology keep up with the energy and resource demands?

Wind-Powered ICT

We are fans of wind energy - our office and in-house ICT gear are 100% powered by wind-generated electricity purchased form our local utility. We are seeing more wind-powered ICT emerge around the world - the latest is the news that Microsoft has purchased the entire outputs of two wind farms.

Greening the E-Media Industry

Electronic media infrastructures and gear are important components of global ICT as movies, television, music, and books all go digital. This post offers a global sampling of sustainability in e-media. See much more by clicking on the "Green media" tag, above.

Green ICT Conferences

Upcoming Green ICT conferences and workshops around the world. We just added a November 2014 green supercomputing event in New Orleans, United States.

We have also included links to past conferences to aid your search for Green ICT materials.

Quiz: Which region has the most Green ICT conferences?

Finding the Greenest Computer Monitors

Green-certified computer displays are now too numerous to list in table format. Here is how to find the most sustainable products listed by two certification services.

ecoATM Continues to Increase Device Reuse/Recycling

We wrote in 2012 about the ecoATM, "…an automated self-serve kiosk system that uses patented, advanced machine vision, electronic diagnostics, and artificial intelligence to evaluate and buy-back used electronics directly from consumers for cash or store credit." In 2013, we noted the EcoATM concept had been accused of facilitating the theft of e-devices. Now, we note ecoATM appears to be thriving and has received an international sustainability award.

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