Green IT

Wednesday 12th January , 6:30 pm.

Speaker: Bob Crooks, Green IT Lead at Dept for Environment Food and Rural Affairs.

University of Edinburgh Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB - map (click on Informatics Forum in the list of buildings).


Bob Crooks will cover the IT lifecycle and IT end-to-end user service to provide a broad overview of Green IT issues, solutions and opportunities. He will also include bit about the BCS Green Specialist Group of which he is the Chair.

About the speaker


Since obtaining his Masters with distinction in the Analysis and Design of Information Management Systems at the LSE in 1981, Bob has been involved in all aspects of the IT profession from writing software, to recently leading the procurement for the UK Fisheries Departments satellite communication systems for tracking fishing vessels and for submission of electronic sales notes and logbooks

His main role now is that of leading Defra’s Green ICT programme in collaboration with IBM, Defra’s strategic IT supplier. This aims not only to tackle the reduction of the department’s ICT footprint, but also to make greater use of ICT tools and services in reducing the department’s operational footprints for travel, paper and accommodation.

More widely Bob is Defra’s lead on the Cabinet Office’s CIO/CTO Council’s Green Development Unit(GDU) where he co-ordinates the impacts on the government Green ICT strategy of a number of Defra Policy initiatives around Sustainability, and is leading a Metrics working group for the GDU.

Bob chairs the BCS Green IT Specialist Group which promotes Green ICT practices with local Branches and members

He has an MBE for his charity work with Guildford Action – a local charity for disadvantaged people and families in need of support in the Guildford and Waverley areas.

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