Sustainable information and communications technology (ICT) - Best Practice

Best Practice

Message to our students and staff

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is central to daily life at Charles Sturt Unviersity. As technology continues to advance, the ICT community works to focus progress on efficiently and sustainably serving individuals, institutions and broader society.

The term ICT can be applied to any piece of technology that helps people communicate and interact with one another. ICT equipment is PCs and monitors, data centres, server rooms, network cables and routers, printers and copiers, telephones and video conferencing equipment, etc. All of this equipment requires the use of resources in manufacture (plastics, metals etc.) as well as electricity to operate. Sustainable (or green) ICT refers to the minimal use of resources and energy in the manufacture, use and disposal of ICT equipment.

Importance of sustainable ICT

ICT-related energy and environmental issues, such as electricity consumption in data centres, and e-waste are increasingly important to Charles Sturt Unviersity. The turnover of hardware is quickly becoming one of the greatest waste issues of this century, along with associated costs and the social implications of disposing, often toxic, e-waste to developing countries.

Our investment into ICT reflects the increasingly important role it has in enhancing the student experience, improving workplace efficiency and maximising wider social benefits and impacts.

  • Division of Information Technology Environmental Sustainability (DITES) Working Group meets quarterly with Sustainability at Charles Sturt.


DITES Working Group

Mark Duffy Director, Applications & Integration
Michael CharlesSenior Project Manager
Kirrily OliverManager, Computer Shop
Kieran Fromholtz DIT Enterprise Architect
David Stormonth DIT, Tech Officer AV
Vicki BrownManager, Client Services
Kiah RyanCommunications & Training Officer
Brendan ShielsSenior Project Manager
Matt BourkeManager, Infrastructure
Gerold MartensSenior Project Manager

Progress towards best practice

This framework was benchmarked on 16th December, 2014.  The below graph illustrates our progress towards best practice across the eight (8) activity areas as of May 2020.  The absence of a red bar indicates ‘no progress’ for this activity area.

Sustainable ICT graph 2020