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Encouraging Green ICT Implementation Strategies in Polytechnic Education in Ghana

Nana Yaw Asabere, Amevi Acakpovi, Nii Quaynor. Published in Information Sciences

International Journal of Applied Information Systems
Year of Publication: 2016
Publisher: Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA
Authors: Nana Yaw Asabere, Amevi Acakpovi, Nii Quaynor
10.5120/ijais2016451518
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  1. Nana Yaw Asabere, Amevi Acakpovi and Nii Quaynor. Article: Encouraging Green ICT Implementation Strategies in Polytechnic Education in Ghana. International Journal of Applied Information Systems 10(6):14-21, March 2016. BibTeX

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    	journal = "International Journal of Applied Information Systems",
    	year = 2016,
    	volume = 10,
    	number = 6,
    	pages = "14-21",
    	month = "March",
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Abstract

Green ICT is the study and analysis of creating, improving and sustaining environmental ICT practices in an organization. Globally, innovative educational institutions focus on utilizing ICT such as lecture video recordings, lecture broadcasts, learning images, texts, and worksheets for idea generation and teaching/lecture purposes. Using Accra Polytechnic in Ghana as a case study, this paper analyzes the possible ways that educational institutions can implement green ICT in order to ensure that their environment is economically sustainable. This research aims at further increasing awareness regarding the advantages and limitations on green ICT in Ghana in addition to providing guidelines for ICT utilization. The goal of the green ICT/computing is to reduce the use of hazardous materials found in computer systems; to maximize the product lifetime and to promote recyclability and biodegradability of defunct and factory waste products. This paper therefore discusses different approaches such as server virtualization, PC and printer consolidation, active power management, central inverter systems and upgrading ICT equipment. Such strategies will enable educational institutions in Ghana, specifically, Accra Polytechnic to sustain their environment when undergoing ICT practices and procedures.

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Keywords

Green ICT, Strategies, ICT, Polytechnic Education, Energy, Ghana