SYDNEY – The Foundation for IT Sustainability (FFITS) has been shortlisted as “NGO of the Year” for the prestigious BusinessGreen Leaders Awards.
The shortlist for each of the 10 categories highlights the genuine leaders in the emerging low carbon economy. It includes a wide variety of firms and executives, ranging from innovative start ups to city blue chips, and sustainability managers to green entrepreneurs.
FFITS was nominated in the NGO of the Year category for their unique approach to communicating a crucial environmental message on green IT: International Green IT Awareness Week 2010.
FFITS CEO, Ms Bianca Wirth, said “We feel extremely privileged and honoured to be short listed for this award. In 2010 we spent more six months preparing for and implementing International Green IT Awareness Week and being recognised for our innovative approach and the huge effort our team put in, is very humbling and a wonderful reward in itself.”
The winners of all award categories will be announced on 7 July 2011 in London, UK at the BusinessGreen Leaders awards ceremony.
About International Green IT Awareness Week
In 2009 the Foundation developed the concept "International Green IT Awareness Week", which was implemented from 1-7 June 2010.
The goal was to educate the general public and organisations on the actions they could undertake to reduce the negative impacts of information technology including reducing electronic waste, implementing energy efficiency measures with their existing technology (e.g. turning PCs off at night), and utilising existing technology to reduce broad organisational greenhouse gas emissions (e.g. teleconferencing and teleworking).
The week promoted activities that were initiated by individuals and organisations globally. For example a group of Denmark individuals hosted "green IT drinks" on one evening during the week to discuss green IT actions and best practices.
The Foundation also developed a three day, 24 hour virtual event - completely hosted online in an innovative 3d-style platform, enabling commercial businesses to host their own virtual exhibition stand. We had over 20 presenters from Canada, Brazil, UK, US, Germany, Italy and Australia who spoke about their case studies and best practices for green IT.
As a result of program, we had more than 325 attendees from over 37 different countries across the world attend the online virtual event including Afghanistan, Iceland, Jordan, Spain, Toga and Mexico to name a few. We were quoted in media publications in the UK, US and Australia and even talked about on Panama television (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-yABo8ODJI).
Based on this initial success, this year FFITS is planning to host International Green IT Awareness Week 2011 and we aim to keep running the week until we have achieved our organisational goals to:
1. Educate over 250,000 consumers on methods and strategies they can implement at home to reduce their technology environmental impact at home
2. Educate 20,000 businesses on improving their technology environmental footprint
3. Assist businesses and individuals globally reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 10,000,000 tonnes.
About BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2011
For further information on the awards, visit the website: http://ev785.eventive.incisivecms.co.uk/static/shortlist
Foundation for IT Sustainability (FFITS)
The Foundation for IT Sustainability is a not for profit organisation that engages with and educates individuals, governments and corporations on the environmental footprint produced by technology, and assists them in reducing related greenhouse gas emissions produced by that technology.
Some of the fundamental ways the organisation achieves their mission is through education and action programs promoting the implementation of Green IT best practices, and by encouraging the development of more sustainable technology alternatives. The organisation is funded by donations and a certification program.