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Green Technologies and Business Practices

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Green technology plays an important role in the achievement of environmental sustainability. Tax incentives, carbon taxes, and rising fossil fuel costs are motivating increased growth and development of 'green' products and services, many of which are the result of innovative discoveries in biotechnology and nanotechnology.Green Technologies and Business Practices: An IT Approach is an international platform that brings together academics, researchers, lecturers, policy makers, practitioners, and persons in decision-making positions from all backgrounds who ultimately share new theories, research findings and case studies, together enhancing understanding and collaboration of green issues in business and the role of information technologies and also analyze recent developments in theory and practice. Furthermore, this book demonstrates the capacity of green models and policies, information technology and management for the mutual understanding, prosperity and overall well-being of all the citizens in the world. This title is perfect for politicians, professors, policy makers, government officers, and students alike.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Editorial Advisory Board and List of Reviewers
    1. List of Reviewers
  5. Preface
    1. OBJECTIVE OF THE BOOK
    2. TARGET AUDIENCE
    3. TOPICS OF THE BOOK
  6. Chapter 1: A Paradigm of Constructing Industrial Symbiosis and Coupling in China’s County-Region Economic Sustainable Development
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. CONSTRUCTING MECHANISM OF INDUSTRIAL SYMBIOSIS AND COUPLING OF COUNTY-REGIONAL ECONOMY
    4. CASE STUDY
    5. COUNTERMEASURES-TAKING DEQING COUNTY AS AN EXAMPLE
  7. Chapter 2: A Method for Examining SME Descriptions of Environmental Sustainability Online
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. IDENTIFYING SOURCES OF SME WEBSITES
    4. DETERMINING IF WEBSITES ARE DESCRIBING SUSTAINABILITY
    5. ARCHIVING WEBSITES WHICH DESCRIBE SUSTAINABILITY
    6. CODING WEBSITE CONTENT USING A FRAMEWORK
    7. RESEARCH AND PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF THE METHOD
    8. CONCLUSION
  8. Chapter 3: Organizational IT Sustainability Measures
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION: IT AND SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES
    3. THE STRATEGIC GREEN ONTOLOGY
    4. INTRODUCING THE MATURITY FOR IT SUSTAINABILITY MODEL: MITS
  9. Chapter 4: Green IT Strategies
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. WHAT IS GREEN IT?
    4. THE MACRO-ECONOMIC IMPACT OF GREEN IT
    5. THE NEED FOR ALIGNED GREEN IT STRATEGIES
    6. A FRAMEWORK FOR THE STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT OF GREEN IT
    7. IT AND SUSTAINABILITY IN STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
    8. CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK FOR GREEN IT ALIGNMENT
  10. Chapter 5: Not Madness but Business
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. 1. INTRODUCTION
    3. 2. MADNESS OR BUSINESS: FACTS AND DEBATES ON GREEN BUILDING
    4. 3. GREEN BUILDING INDUSTRY AND GREEN ARCHITECTURE
    5. 4. CONCLUSION
  11. Chapter 6: Empirical Study on the Correlations of Environmental Pollution, Human Capital, and Economic Growth
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. INDICATOR SELECTING AND MODEL CONSTRUCTING
    4. DATA
    5. EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS
    6. CONCLUSION
  12. Chapter 7: Green Computing to Green Business
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. GREEN COMPUTING: AN INTRODUCTION
    3. GREEN COMPUTING: A GATEWAY TO GREEN BUSINESS
    4. GREEN BUSINESS
    5. CONCLUSION
  13. Chapter 8: Green, Sustainable, or Clean
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. CLEAN/ GREEN TECHNOLOGIES
    5. KEY ASPECTS OF GREEN IT/IS
    6. HOW TO TRANSFORM GREEN IT/IS TO SUSTAINABLE IT/IS: INTEGRATIVE FRAMEWORK
    7. DISCUSSION
    8. CONCLUSION
  14. Chapter 9: Longer Use, Better Use
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. E-WASTE
    4. THE 3R MANTRA IN ICT
    5. ICT LIFECYCLE
    6. REUSE MODELS
    7. BACK TO THE FUTURE
    8. THIN CLIENT
    9. CLOUD COMPUTING
    10. A RECOMBINATION STRATEGY FOR A SOFTWARE BASED REUSE MODEL
    11. A SUSTAINABLE REUSE MODEL FOR COMPUTERS
    12. CONCLUSION
  15. Chapter 10: EcoRide
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. THE SYSTEM BASIC ARCHITECTURE
    4. POSSIBLE ISSUES
    5. RANKING FELLOW CANDIDATES
  16. Chapter 11: Web-Based Digital Habitat Ecosystems for Sustainable Built Environments
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. SUSTAINABLE LIVING
    4. DIGITAL ECOSYSTEM (DE) CONCEPT
    5. DIGITAL HABITAT ECOSYSTEM (DHE) CONCEPT
    6. TECHNOLOGIES IN DIGITAL ECOSYSTEMS
    7. EXISTING TECHNOLOGIES IN BUILT ENVIRONMENTS
    8. CONCLUSION
  17. Chapter 12: An Investigation into the Factors which Influence the Adoption of Green IT
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. LITERATURE REVIEW
    4. RESEARCH APPROACH
    5. FINDINGS
    6. CONCLUSION
  18. Chapter 13: Green Manufacturing Practices and Performance among SMEs
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. REVIEW OF LITERATURE AND HYPOTHESES DEVELOPMENT
    4. METHODOLOGY
    5. ANALYSIS AND RESULTS
    6. DISCUSSION AND IMPLICATIONS
    7. CONCLUSION AND FUTURE RESEARCH
  19. Chapter 14: Data Center Waste Management
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION: THE GROWTH OF THE DATA CENTER
    3. THE CHALLENGE: MOUNTING ISSUES WITH DATA CENTER WASTE
    4. ARE DESIGN PARADIGM SHIFTS REQUIRED?
    5. LITERATURE REVIEW
    6. CHALLENGES FACING DATA CENTER IMPROVEMENTS
    7. CONCLUSION
  20. Compilation of References
  21. About the Contributors