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Welcome to the web portal of the IEEE Sustainable ICT Initiative!

The portal is meant to serve the broad IEEE community as a focal point for news, technology updates and information on conferences, publications as well as educational and standards activities on Sustainable ICT throughout IEEE … and why not beyond? …

It’s easy to join the IEEE Sustainable ICT community … just click on the link on the home page!

Launched in early 2015 through the support of IEEE Future Directions’ new initiatives committee, the Sustainable ICT initiative’s mission statement has been defined as to build a holistic approach to sustainability through ICT by incorporating green metrics throughout IEEE technical domains.

In fact, although they may not always be labeled as such, the huge interest in various sub-themes of Sustainable ICT is spurring a growing number of activities in IEEE (and in other global organizations), which speaks eloquently to the relevance of the theme; nonetheless, this explosion of interest is a double-edged sword as it can also lead to the creation of technical interest “silos”. While encouraging the development of various activities on the theme, the Sustainable ICT initiative therefore seeks to develop holistic awareness on this topic, avoid duplication or overlap of activities, and provide a forum to build a cross-society and cross initiative IEEE consensus on outreach to other organizations.

Through interfaces with various IEEE societies and other technology initiatives (e.g. Cloud Computing, IoT, Smart Cities, etc.), the Sustainable ICT initiative seeks to foster the incorporation of green metrics and standards in design concepts for various technical domains. The initiative brings together expertise from different fields, in conferences and publications, with a view to foster holistic design and standardization approaches.

The initiative is driven by a steering committee with backgrounds in both industry and academia:

Team Member Focus Within Team Affiliation
Jaafar Elmirghani Initiative Co-Chair University of Leeds
Charles Despins Initiative Co-Chair Universite du Quebec
Mohamed Chériet Standards Université du Québec
Ana-Carolina Riekstin Standards École de Technologie Supérieure
Thomas Dandres Standards École de Technologie Supérieure
Azza Elterifi Standards University of Leeds
Earl McCune Standards Panasonic Technology Fellow (ret.)
Tarek Bawab Standards Jackson State University
Victor Huang Standards - IES Better World, Ltd
Kamal Al-Haddad Standards - IES École de Technologie Supérieure
Emad Alsusa Summit - General Chair University of Manchester
Taisir Elgorashi Summit - General Chair University of Leeds
Burak Kantarci Summit - TPC Chair University of Ottawa
Yaning Zhou Summit - Young Professionals Technische Universität
Magnus Olsson Summit Huawei Technologies
Louise Krug Summit British Telecom
Dan Kilper Summit University of Arizona
Alex Bardell Summit Sustainability For London
Daniela Torres Summit GreenCitic
Beat Koch Summit greenITplus
Cicek Cavdar Marketing KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Kerry Hinton Publications University of Melbourne
Fabrice Labeau Publications McGill University
Fabrizio Granelli Education University of Trento
Melike Kantarci Education NETCore
Khaled Ben Letaief Sr. Team The Hong Kong U Of Sci And Tech
Ke Wu Sr. Team École Polytechnique de
Thierry Klein Sr. Team Nokia Bell labs
Alex Gelman Sr. Team NETovations, LLC
Mehmet Ulema Sr. Team Manhattan College
Rob Fish Sr. Team NETovations Group LLC
Adam Greenberg Director IEEE Communications Society
Karen Pannullo Program Manager IEEE Communications Society
Kathy Grise Senior Program Manager IEEE Future Directions
Harold Tepper Executive Director IEEE Communications Society
Ravi Subramanian Director - Certification IEEE Standards Association
Joan Woolery Senior Project Manager IEEE Standards Association


The IEEE Communications Society, in which various technical committees have been very active on Sustainable ICT, manages the initiative. Among these, the Technical Committee on Transmission, Access and Optical Systems (TAOS) and the Technical Committee on Green Communications and Computing (TCGCC) have driven various activities on Green and Sustainable ICT. The Sustainable ICT initiative seeks to build upon such leadership in the Communications Society and build bridges with Sustainable ICT work in other IEEE units (Societies, Councils and other initiatives) as well as ultimately in other organizations.

If you are already an IEEE member, please join the initiative. If you are not an IEEE member and/or if IEEE is new to you, IEEE is your focal point on all that is Sustainable ICT!