Hot on the heels of our most recent hugely successful ebooks on topics ranging from sustainable precincts to the serialised and sometimes hilarious Tenants and Landlords Guide to Happiness comes a new four-part series of ebooks on Greening the Office.

This important project is in collaboration with CitySwitch, the highly regarded program that’s managed to tap the sustainability veins – and appetite – of one of the most important planks in the Australian property industry, the tenants.

From Sydney to Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane – and the smaller cities as well – Australia’s corporates are realising they need to get green. And that’s not just talking the talk that’s good for their branding, but walking the walk, which is good for their bottom line.

CitySwitch has more than 700 major tenants signed up to do just that. Each year it holds fiercely contested awards for the best performers. At last year’s pre-Christmas awards for NSW, we heard enthusiastic talk of transformation from real estate agents who said even the most reticent of firms (we did not mention lawyers… not at all) were “getting with the program”. And while it’s been a difficult process in the past to engage tenants and encourage better behaviour that’s more in keeping with the 5 or 6 Star Green Star building they might occupy, it’s clear we’re at the tipping point.

This series of books is intended to be the guide that can help smooth the way.

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Our four topics are green ICT (our launch book); next will come renewable energy and how tenants can source some of the sun-juice that is rapidly escalating around the world and next will come waste and procurement, but not necessarily in that order.

So what do we know about our information and communications technology?

Not as much as we thought, it seems. Our book has fleshed out some fascinating information that will be essential reading for any office manager who wants to be part of the solution and gain the significant pay backs on offer –  through resource efficiency, cost savings, better staff engagement and the potential to spread the message on better work practice to wider stakeholders.

Green ICT

Following is an extract from our ebook. Have a look on the embedded Issuu document above and see if we can beat the record for sustainable precincts of more than 20,000 hits. Or download a PDF copy.

Emissions from the information and communications technology (ICT) sector are growing rapidly, with recent studies suggesting the sector currently comprises around two per cent of global emissions, with the figure expected to double by 2020.

While it might not sound like a big deal, to put it in perspective the current two per cent figure is more than the total emissions of Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia combined, or equivalent to the entire global aviation industry. But while we can begin to conceptualise aviation pollution by simply looking up on a sunny day, for the ICT sector it is a little less tangible.

How much energy are our computers and office equipment using? What effect does all that equipment have on our office cooling bill? What’s happening to all our old equipment? And how green are the data centres our business depends upon?

This Green ICT book aims to help clear up some of these questions and provide some simple solutions to make sure your ICT is running as efficiently as possible. Not only is efficient ICT good for the environment, it is good for the bottom line. It also opens up possibilities for transforming the office environment and boosting productivity – think energy efficient laptops or thin client devices being used in an activity-based working environment, where telecommuting, working from a client’s office or on the train is a simple, secure option.

Greening your office ICT doesn’t have to be an expensive pursuit, either. Indeed, some of the solutions are behavioural – as easy as putting someone in charge of making sure equipment isn’t left on overnight. Others, like moving servers into a purpose-built data centre or going fully into the cloud, are less straightforward, but nonetheless offer massive efficiencies that can lead to increased business competitiveness.

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