(IT) carbon footprint

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Green Information Technology (Green IT) Survey
Thank you for taking the time to complete this Green IT survey. Your views on how to reduce
organizations’ Information Technology (IT) carbon footprint (Carbon dioxide or CO2 emissions
and/or carbon neutral, green house gases (GHG), climate change) are vital to the development of
better solutions in the IT life cycle and particularly their effect on our environment locally,
nationally, and globally.
Instructions for completing the survey:
For questions that require a written response, write your response in the space that is provided, for
all other questions, you may circle the appropriate answer. After you have completed your
questionnaire, please submit your responses electronically to [email protected] You may
also attach any documents or links that you feel would be beneficial to this study.
Privacy:
To respect your privacy, this survey is confidential and answers will only be used on an
aggregated basis. I will only be sharing your answers with a select few people within the Office
of the Chief Information Officer who require the information as part of their employment duties
(i.e. Sponsors and advisor).
Should you choose to participate, any personal information collected from you is collected
pursuant to section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, as it
relates directly to and is necessary for the completion of my thesis and the B.C. government’s
goal of reducing organizations’ IT carbon footprint. When providing information to us, we ask
that you do not provide the personal information of other people.
Personal Information: Recorded information about an identifiable individual, including but not
limited to the individual's name, address, telephone number; race, national origin, colour,
religious or political beliefs; age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status;
fingerprints, blood type, disability; educational, financial, criminal, or employment history;
anyone else's opinion about the individual, or the individual's personal opinions, unless they are
about someone else; an identifying number, symbol, or other particular assigned to an individual.
You have the option to back out of the survey at anytime by sending an email to
[email protected] and stating you want to withdraw from the survey in the subject line.
Your results will not be used if you choose this option. If at any time you have questions or
concerns about our collection of personal information or any other matter, you may contact me at
[email protected]
Statement of Consent:
I have read the above information. I have received answers to any questions I have at this
time. I am 18 years of age or older, and I consent to participate in the study.
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Green Information Technology (IT) Survey Questions:
1. Does your organization have a `Green` initiative to reduce their carbon footprint (Green
house gas emissions (GHG), CO2, Carbon neutral, or climate change reduction) from information
technology? Please circle/indicate all responses that apply.
Yes
In Development
No
Don’t Know
2. What is your organization currently doing (projects, initiatives) to reduce their carbon
footprint from information technology (IT)?
3. What are your organization(s) short-term (next 12 months) initiatives (goals) around
reducing the impact of information technology (IT) on the environment?
For the next 12 months,
a) What are your organization(s) short-term goals around reducing the impact of
information technology on the environment?
b) What are your organization(s) short-term initiatives around reducing the impact of
information technology on the environment?
4. What are your organization(s) long-term (1-5 years) initiatives (goals) around reducing the
impact (e.g. resource usage, physical damage to environment, etc.) of information technology
(IT) on the environment?
a) What are your organization(s) long-term goals around reducing the impact of information
technology on the environment?
b) What are your organization(s) long-term initiatives around reducing the impact of
information technology on the environment?
5. What do you think needs to be done locally, internationally, and globally to address the
impact of information technology (IT) on our environment? (E.g. Carbon credits, tax incentives,
etc.)
6. What are your organization(s) driving forces to reduce your information technology IT
carbon footprint? (E.g. Financial, legislative, personal, etc.)
7. Has your organization calculated the business cost to reducing your information technology
(IT) carbon footprint?
YES
NO
If YES, approximately what is the estimated cost? (e.g., in US or EU currency)
Are you able to share the name of the tool you used to obtain your calculation?
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If NO, has your business inquired into what tools you may use in the future to measure your
carbon footprint?
8.
For your organization(s) Green information technology (IT) initiative, what are your key:
a) Success factor(s)?
b) Measurement(s)?
c) Challenges?
(E.g., 10% reduction in C02 emissions; number of carbon credits; legislation issues; etc.)
9. For each of the following audiences, please describe the audience’s roles regarding reduction
in their information technology (IT) carbon footprint:
a) Local/municipal/county government:
b) Provincial/State/Territorial government:
c) National government:
d) IT manufacturers:
e) Business:
f) Citizens:
10. Please provide additional comments regarding your views on ‘Green information
technology (IT)’ that have not been previously identified?
Demographics:
The following demographic information will be used to establish ‘Green information technology
(IT)’ trends. For each of the following, please provide the name of your:
a) Province/State/Territory (e.g., British Columbia or BC; Washington or Washington DC)
b) Country (e.g., Canada, USA, UK, Asia)
Thank you very much for your time! Your assistance is greatly appreciated!
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