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Green Summit 2008: Personal Agendas

Before heading home, attendees are listing the various ways that they’ll pledge to work toward a “greener, brighter” future for higher education. Their contributions range from simply “learning more” to promoting collaborations at their campus. Several attendees pledged to “bring the message home,” organizing brown bag lunches or mini-Summits around the issue of Green IT, writing articles for campus papers, or encouraging their campuses to adopt more stringent policies and CO2 reduction goals. Measuring their own energy consumption was also a critical issue, as well as working toward better metric assessments for IT and introducing IT into current and future assessment tools. Before the session ended, many attendees were already staying true to their promises to encourage more information sharing by uploading their own resources and URLs to a Summit wiki. A complete list of attendee-generated resources will be included in the Summit whitepaper.

Before signing off, it might be fitting to borrow from yesterday’s final session of “Aha! Moments” from the Summit. As one attended noted, the importance of this issue cannot be understated.  “It’s important to think of this not as saving our planet. But saving our civilization. And preserving our civilization into the future.”

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