Bill St. Arnaud, Larry Smarr, Jerry Sheehan, and Tom DeFanti
Institutional leaders need to reduce the campus carbon footprint by decreasing the emissions of their existing cyberinfrastructure while they simultaneously increase their use of cyberinfrastructure in areas such as intelligent infrastructure and dematerialization.
With the numerous possibilities for shrinking IT’s carbon load, colleges and universities must consider the exponential impact that technology can and already does have—positively or negatively—on campus sustainability success.
For some IT services, a sufficient level of aggregation for efficiency cannot be achieved within one campus but, rather, must be achieved at a higher level, beyond a single institution. Three sourcing models for aggregating these above-campus IT services are particularly suited to higher education.
Good communication is essential as IT organizations transform themselves from managers of well-defined commodity services to facilitators of complex solutions that require a deep understanding of clients’ needs and, frequently, integration of campus and third-party resources and tools.