Birmingham student calls for schools to be greener


A Birmingham City University student is urging schools to improve their state of ICT sustainability, after conducting research into how sustainable schools currently are and identifying opportunities for improvement.

Saba Janjua, a Business Computing student at the University’s School of Computing, Telecommunications and Networks (CTN), will present her research findings at CISIS 2014, an international computing conference being hosted by Birmingham City University this week.

Saba’s research study, which looked at the IT infrastructures and facilities of primary and secondary schools within Birmingham and Dudley, found that while some schools achieve their eco-school status, they fail to further continue their progress.

“While it was found that most schools are making an effort to improve their state of sustainability, they’re not legally obliged to do so,” said Saba.

“Through interviews conducted with IT consultants who have set up computing networks and green technologies in schools, I found that there is no legal requirement for schools to dispose of IT equipment in an environmentally-friendly way.

“A school’s attitude to being ‘greener’ makes all the difference if full support is provided by staff, meaning the school’s state of sustainability can then be easily boosted.”

Research papers by students Tumpe Mayo and Sathyanath Ramamoorthy on cloud security and mobile business intelligence will also be presented at the conference.

CISIS 2014, the 8 International Conference on Complex, Intelligent and Software Intensive Systems, takes place at Birmingham City University from Wednesday 2 – Friday 4 July. For more information, click here.

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