DD 5.6: Environmental Impacts of Data Centers

by Dr. Sarah Payne, DLINQ Instructional Designer

Like many people, […]

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2022-01-20T09:22:33-05:00January 21st, 2022|

DD 5.5: Putting Envirotech into Practice

It’s easy to use the web without thinking about it […]

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Many of you may not make or contribute to websites. You can still do things that impact your digital energy usage.

  • Avoid sites that make your computer’s fan run or that quickly drain your phone battery. These are signs that the websites are inefficient.
  • Consider using “dark mode” on your phone or computer. It takes some getting used to but this results in energy savings on OLED screens.
  • Download data over wifi when possible. Wifi downloads use roughly two times less energy than cellular downloads.
  • Turn off unnecessary cloud storage.
  • Avoid streaming video if you aren’t watching it.

If you make websites or contribute to them, there are a number of ways you can improve the energy efficiency of sites.

  • Evaluate your image use. Do you really need that picture? Is it optimized for your particular use?
  • Make reflections on data size part of your authoring process and review your site efficiency regularly.
  • Keep things as simple as possible. While new technologies are tempting, keeping things simple and streamlined has all kinds of benefits.

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2022-01-19T09:51:06-05:00January 19th, 2022|

DD 5.4: Exploring a Right to Repair

by Bob Cole, DLINQ Director of Exploratory Initiatives and […]

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2022-01-14T09:32:54-05:00January 14th, 2022|

DD 5.3: Citizens and science

by Luke Phelan, DLINQ Instructional Designer

What is a scientist?  […]

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There are a range of citizen science efforts, from projects to platforms, at scales local to global.  These are a few to start dabbling.

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Creating Positive Environmental Impact Through Citizen Science, Toos (C. G. E.) van Noordwijk et al.

What is Citizen Science? From the National Parks Foundation

Can citizen science empower disenfranchised communities? The Conversation

Perspective: The Power (Dynamics) of Open Data in Citizen Science, Cooper et al.

The threefold potential of environmental citizen science – Generating knowledge, creating learning opportunities and enabling civic participation, Turini et al.

2022-01-12T10:56:50-05:00January 12th, 2022|

DD 5.2: How tech mediates our relationship with nature

by Dr. Jeni Henrickson, DLINQ Instructional Designer

“Just as you […]

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  • Allow yourself to spend time in nature with all tech shut off and stored away. Resist temptations to do a quick email or text check, or to immediately start snapping photos.
  • When you come across a new plant or animal or natural phenomenon, resist the urge to immediately look it up on the internet. Make note of its unique features. Spend some time (safely) observing it. Imagine where it might have originated and what powers it might hold.
  • Play observation games with others when you’re out on a walk. This isn’t just a game for kids 🙂 Try to find something blue, something out of place, something furry, the most unusual feature on the trees around you, etc. Build your observation skills, including smells and sounds, along with sights.
  • Help others who may have limited mobility or access to nature, get outdoors and enjoy nature.
  • Volunteer for a nature-based local organization and educate yourself about the nature found in your local community.
  • Spend a few minutes each day observing small changes in the nature around you, whether that’s a houseplant you’re nurturing, a backyard or community garden, or a waterside or wooded park near your home or work.

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2022-01-11T17:58:10-05:00January 7th, 2022|

DD 5.1: What powers the web?

by Dr. Amy Collier, Associate Provost for Digital Learning

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2022-01-11T17:56:34-05:00January 4th, 2022|
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