Is your organization’s sustainable IT strategy helping you achieve the outcomes you want? Maybe you’ve just started working with sustainable IT or don’t have any strategy at all! Either way, a structured plan with measurable goals is essential in helping you reach your sustainability targets with the help of IT.

For example, many public sector entities have published Green IT strategies, but in many cases they are not implemented in a way that can lead to the desired environmental or sustainability outcomes. This trend is also beginning to show up in the private sector, as companies work to translate their declared sustainable IT commitment into measurable action and results.

Strategies also need to progress from “GreenIT” to “Sustainable IT”. This shift involves adding social aspects to environmental issues such as reduction of energy consumption and hazardous substance content. Sustainable IT therefore also takes into account socially responsible manufacturing of the IT products you buy and use-phase issues such as usability and the organization’s IT environment as a whole.

A clearly defined sustainable IT strategy – including a commitment from management and measurable targets – can help any organization reach social, economic and environmental goals.