Where and How Information Technology Intersects with Sustainable Environment

Will you rather repair a thing than purchase a new one even if they both come at the same cost/ price? Your answer to this question goes a long in sincerely portraying your commitment to a sustainable environment of the 21st century or not because the triangular filter of environmental sustainability is anchored on the three Rs, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

In furtherance, an ideal sustainable environment is only possible with a steady advancement in Information Technology. How do I mean? If you are the picture a world (city) environment that is very sustainable, you would be having a world with a very hi-tech infrastructures and devices. In other words, a sustainable environment and ‘smart growth’ are intrinsic component of each other and the pronouncement of ‘smart growth’ is evident in advance Information Technology which is manifested via the hi tech devices and infrastructures being built around development nations of the world.

More so, unlike the days of Shakespeare when sending a message could take a tone of energy or when the organization of data/information could literally be seen as quite laborious; all of these activities can be now be done seamlessly in a single click and on –the-spot even more conveniently and flexibly to the glory of advanced Information Technology system and in the face of a sustainable environment.

Sustainable environment may be priceless but it is definitely not costless’ – Adebiyi Adeyemi

Thus, the expensive prices we pay to purchase advance technological devices are, in fact, a true reflector of the price we pay to have a sustainable environment. This is profoundly exhibited in the ‘smart’ that seem to go with our phones, devices /gadgets and even to our homes and cities like Dubai. The question now is;


What Makes for the ‘Smart’ in our Devices or Cities?

Briefly, ‘Smart’ technology entails a digital type which is quite interactive and consist of controls, computers, automation, new technologies and equipment working together capable of responding digitally (computer language ) to any quick or sudden changes. It also incorporates the use of self-healing technologies.

More essentially, the ‘smart’ technology phenomenon represents an unprecedented opportunity to move the world (cities) into a new era of reliability, availability, and efficiency that will contribute to our economic and environmental health via its enablement of the integration and optimization of more renewable energy such as wind and solar in particular. Thus ‘smart’ technology is the provider of increased efficiency, reduced cost, increased integration (flexibility/ sustainability) and improved healthiness or eco-friendliness (clean, safe and secured).

Attaining a sustainable environment starts from us as individuals and our homes. Having a ‘smart’ home doesn’t necessarily mean the home will look very differently physically except when using sustainable architectural designs in putting out our buildings or structures. Even right now, in many cities across the developed nations, new equipment, appliances, and software are available that use emerging Smart technologies to save energy, seek out the lowest rates, and contribute to the smooth and efficient functioning of our human operations or doings.

Having computerized (networked) controls in our home and appliances can be set up to respond to signals from your energy provider to minimize their energy use at times when the power is under stress from high demand, or even to shift some of their power use to times when power is available at a lower cost.

However, ‘Smart’ technology consist of millions of pieces and parts—controls, computers, power lines, and new technologies and equipment. It will take some time for all the technologies to be perfected, equipment installed, and systems tested before it comes fully on line. And it won’t happen all at once—the ‘Smart’ technology is speedily unfolding, piece by piece in this century.

In the same vein, generally speaking, the vision of ‘smart’ growth or movement encompasses major elements from advanced metering, power electronics and information management to renewable and distributed energy resources, and home and electric vehicle energy management.


 Having or creating a ‘smart world’ is same as creating a world of efficient energy utilization and conservation even via our gadgets and other devices. At the very worst, information technology should be seen as our help out of the dilemma of sustainable environment biting on all humans in this 21st century.

Hence, the day to day products of technological advances are what create the unending intercessory point between Information Technology and sustainability and has brought their movement or progression parallel to each other. If the ‘smart’ technology grows to a point where it becomes fully-fledged we would simply be having a highly ‘sustainable’ environment. Indeed, Information Technology is the architect of sustainable environment and it is safe to say that creating a ‘smart’ world/ ‘smart growth’ could simply interpret as creating ‘sustainable world’.


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