Green Information Systems and Sustainability

Track Description

Sustainability problems are complex and require holistic and multi-disciplinary approaches to address ecological, technological, economic, social, cultural and political issues. The Information Systems discipline, being built on the foundations of multiple disciplines, has a central role in addressing environmental issues and in creating a sustainable society because of the field’s experience in designing, building, deploying, evaluating, managing, and studying information systems to address complex problems (AIS SIGgreen Statement on Environmental Change 2012).

Green Information Systems (IS) applies the transformative power of information systems to support sustainability endeavours. Green IS can contribute to sustainability through automating, informating and transforming products, processes, behaviours, and relationships to support environmental sustainability. Thus, in the same way information systems have transformed modern business to provide significant productivity improvements, IS has the potential to enable sustainable ecological, economic and social practices. IS researchers are therefore presented with opportunities to investigate and provide solutions to transform the impact of individuals, organisations and society and thus provide leadership in sustainability.

The Green IS and Sustainability track will explore the development, impact and transformative roles of IS in sustainability initiatives.

Relevant Topics

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Theories and methods applied to Green IS and IT research
  • Case studies of Green IS and IT
  • Energy Informatics
  • The use of IS to change human behaviors towards sustainable business practices
  • Intra-organisational and cross-organisational Green IS and sustainability initiatives.
  • Collaboration among a wide-spectrum of sustainability stakeholders enabled by IS.
  • IS in support of environmental sustainability
  • IS in support of social and economic sustainability
  • IS to support sustainable global competitiveness
  • Lifecycle assessment of e-billing, videoconferencing, teleworking
  • The ecological value of virtualisation, cloud computing, and software as a service
  • The design, implementation, and use of IS to reduce organizations’ environmental impact
  • Issues surrounding the assessment and measurement of information systems sustainability
  • Sustainable development in developing countries
  • Cross-cultural, social, and global aspect of Green IS.

Track Chairs and Contact Details

Dr Chadi Aoun, University of Technology Sydney, Australia (

Dr Vanessa Cooper, RMIT University, Australia (

Associate Professor Cathy Dwyer, PACE University, USA (

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