Bristol Green ICT Champion – Ethical IT

Written by Matt on 25 Oct, 09
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Ethical IT is part of The Ethical Property Company who buy properties and develop them as centres that bring charities, social enterprises, community and campaign groups together to share skills and ideas. Ethical IT specialises in the communication requirements and system issues of the social change sector, and provides tailored, cost-effective solutions.

Key Green ICT successes to date include creating a Green IT audit and campaign materials to help organisations identify where they can improve their environmental approach to IT; implementing virtualised servers; and setting up communal servers within Ethical Property buildings used by tenants and a hosted email server, providing email services for several organisations and 500 users.

The most noticeable benefits from adopting Green ICT strategies have been lower energy consumption by limiting the number of servers needed and greater staff awareness.

Regional Manager, Janine Woodward, says:

“The services we offer are designed to ensure the smooth flow of information both inside and outside an organisation. We aim to offer an all encompassing service, from assisting with what phone lines to install through to supporting desktops.

“In addition, we aim to help organisations find the most environmentally friendly solutions for their IT needs – from procurement of new computers or educating user’s behaviour right through to offering a range of hosted services on our own server.”

Next on its Green ICT agenda is investigating the potential for video-conferencing and how it can installed within one of the Ethical Property buildings. VOIP technology for remote/home working to reduce travel needs is also being considered.

For more information log on to www.ethicalproperty.co.uk or call 0845 337 2989.

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TOP TIPS TO SHARE:

If you are considering implementing Green ICT solutions, here are some Top Tips from Ethical IT:

• Increase staff awareness of Green IT to change their behaviour.

• The benefits of expensive equipment upgrades are not necessarily justified for SMEs, especially if you consider the carbon impact of throwing away useable equipment.

• Good time and cost savings can be made in collaborating around IT equipment.

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