The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) came out strongly yesterday on the importance...
of environmentally sound IT, telling its CIO members they must play a critical role in reducing their states' carbon footprints and issuing a 17-page brief on ways to do that.
"State CIOs have an opportunity to become transformational leaders in green IT initiatives," said Oregon CIO Dugan Petty, chair of NASCIO's Green IT Working Group, in a statement accompanying the brief. "By advocating for green practices through the use of IT, and by helping to shape policies that will lead to these practices, state CIOs can have a tangible influence on lessening their state's environmental impact."
"State CIOs are now finding themselves to be crucial players in areas such as health care, IT, Medicaid reform, e-discovery and a host of other issues that have just recently begun to garner state CIO attention," the report states. "State CIOs must now utilize existing technologies, and work to incorporate new ones, into their enterprise green IT policies and practices. To do this, state CIOs must take steps to move green benefits to the forefront of their strategic thinking."
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