Green ICT in Institutions of Higher Learning in Kenya

Authors : Irine Samoei; Christopher Moturi; Daniel Orwa

Volume/Issue : Volume 6 - 2021, Issue 3 - March

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There is increasing pressure on institutions of higher learning to adopt more sustainable approaches to ICT use. For Kenya to realize its Vision 2030 development blueprint there is need to apply green ICT to improve chances of realizing both organizational and environmental sustainability. The study sought to determine the effect of green ICT on sustainable environment and how effective green ICT management is in institutions of higher learning in Kenya (IHL) in Kenya. Explanatory research design, quantitative and qualitative approaches were used. Survey of sixty seven (67) IHL in Kenya was done using random sampling while specific elements under study were identified using purposive sampling. Findings showed that to large extent green ICT is negatively affecting the environment where IHL do not manage power despite installing energy efficient equipment. There is incomplete substitution and lack of realization of optimization of green ICT solution; induction of other product and re-materialization. Further consolidation and reduced printing, disposal of equipment based on government disposal laws is a positive indicator. Challenges included low awareness, uncertainty in return on investment, constrained collaboration and scarcity of financial resources in institutions of higher learning. The study recommends that IHL should focus on a framework for implementing green ICT policies.

Keywords : Green ICT, Green ICT Effects, Green ICT Management, Sustainable Environment, Institution of Higher Learning.


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