ICT4S & EnviroInfo 2015

The 3rd International Conference on ICT for Sustainability (ICT4S 2015) and the 29th International Conference on Informatics for Environmental Protection (EnviroInfo 2015) will be held in collocation, September 7 - 9, 2015 at the University of Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark.

ICT4S' conference topic "Assessing and reducing the direct environmental impact of ICT" explicitly includes Green IT, Green Software Engineering, LCA of ICT, Sustainability in Design of ICT.



4th International Workshop on Green and Sustainable Software (GREENS 2015)

4th International Workshop on Green and Sustainable Software, GREENS 2015, will be held in conjunction with ICSE 2015 on 18th May 2015 in Florence, Italy.

GREENS 2015 is interested in contributions from industry, government, and academia on all topics related to greener software engineering.



The Sixth International Conference on Bioenvironment, Biodiversity and Renewable Energies (BIONATURE 2015; May 24 - 29, 2015 - Rome, Italy) may be also of interest for people concerned with ICT for sustainabaility or sustainable ICT.

In its area C. "Renewable and Sustainable Energies", topic "Energy sustainability",  the committee explicitly calls for papers on
  • smart grid solutions,
  • telecommunications energy efficient solutions, and
  • energy control and optimization in data centers.

Important dates:
  • January 16, 2015: Submission (full paper) 

For further details refer to:


Green Code Lab Challenge 2014

This year, the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld is again participating in the Green Code Lab Challenge.

Within the challenge teams of 3-5 students of international universities compete against each other. They have to proof of their programming skills in order to optimize a given source code regarding its energy and resource consumption. The challenge will take place on 26th to 28th of November, thus the teams have 48 hours to improve the code.

International competition is big: altogether 350 students from 7 European countries will participate in the challenge. We will keep our fingers crossed for the team of the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld!

You can find more information about the Green Code Lab Challenge 2014 here.

Next to the challenge there will be presentations in the context of Green IT or rather Eco conception. The conference will take place in Nantes and Angers and can be followed online. You can find the conference schedule here. The Environmental Campus Birkenfeld is participating in the conference with a presentation "Approaches and Challenges in the context of Green Web Engineering" on Friday.


Expert Talk on Sustainable Software

The German Federal Environment Agency and the Oeko-Institut invite you to an expert talk on Sustainable Software and would like to discuss this topic with you as a representative of science, software development, or software application.

November 28, 2014, 10:00 - 15:30, Berlin, Germany

Note: The talk will be in German language.

The admission is free, but due to the limited number of seats, a regsitration is required.

For details on the program, registration, admission, venue, etc. refer to:
http://oekotop100.de/software/ (in German)


The Fifth International Conference on Smart Grids, Green Communications and IT Energy-aware Technologies (ENERGY 2015)

The Fifth International Conference on Smart Grids, Green Communications and IT Energy-aware Technologies (ENERGY 2015) will be held in Rome, Italy, May 24 - 29, 2015.


The tracks Green communications, Green computation, and Energy efficiency planning are of higher interest for engineers of sustainable software.

Here is a short (and incomplete) overview of possible topics in these three tracks:

  • Energy-efficient communication protocols and power management
  • Optimization of energy-efficient protocols/algorithms
  • Energy-efficient scheduling algorithms
  • Energy-efficient protocols/algorithms in physical and IP layers
  • Energy-efficient radio resource management and routing
  • Virtualization techniques for energy efficiency
  • Simulation/modeling tools for energy efficient solutions
  • Energy-efficient service provisioning
  • Technology as Green Enablers (Grid, Cloud, Data Centers, Virtualization)
  • Green service life cycle
  • Green performance metrics
  • Energy and performance profiling
  • Energy consumption and energy efficiency analysis
  • Energy demand prediction for appliances in industrial and home environments
  • Green certificates
  • Green maturity models


International Conference on Sustainability, Technology and Education 2014 (STE2014)

The International Conference on Sustainability, Technology and Education (STE2014) aims to address the main issues which occur by assessing the relationship between Sustainability, Education and Technology.

Broad areas of interest are: Sustainability and Leadership, Sustainability and Green IT, Sustainability and Education. These broad areas are divided into more detailed areas.

10 - 12 December, New Taipei City, Taiwan



Towards more Transparency by Sustainability Reporting - EnviroInfo 2014, Day 3

The last day of this year EnviroInfo started with a presentation of Dr. Sascha Roth from the Volkswagen Group. He showed us how Volkswagen tries to demonstrate the sustainability of the group in the sustainability report. For them the transparency is very important so that everyone can have a look onto the sustainability report on sustainabilityreport2013.volkswagenag.com.


All about energy - EnviroInfo 2014, Day 2

In the morning of the second conference day, Dr. Jörg Hermsmeier (Head of Department Research & Development of the EWE Aktiengesellschaft) opened the conference with his presentation "Energy for tomorrow". He pointed out that "innovation is a new wor(l)d in the energy sectors" at the moment, but they contemporary are the only possibility for energy for tomorrow.


„Technology drives civilisation dynamics“ – EnviroInfo 2014, Day 1

In the first keynote in this year Environmental Informatics, Michael F. Jischa pointed out that the technical development is influencing our future more and more and hence, the development of the society, influenced by the technology in all fields, is hardly predictable. Therefore, he argues in support of preparing engineers for future challenges that are changing rapidly. Coming to the conclusion that teaching concerning technical assessment and sustainable development has to be embedded into engineering curricula and to be supported by accompanying research projects, Jischa stands the motivation for this conference.


Book "ICT Innovations for Sustainability"

The book "ICT Innovations for Sustainability" outlines the core concepts and methods of an emerging field of research and practice, ICT for Sustainability (ICT4S).

ICT4S clusters around two pillars:
  • Sustainability in ICT, making information and communication technologies themselves more sustainable, and
  • Sustainability by ICT, using information and communication technologies to encourage sustainable practices in society as a whole.
Together with our former colleague Prof. Dr. Stefan Naumann, we co-authored the chapter "Sustainable Software Engineering: Process and Quality Models, Life Cycle, and Social Aspects".

In the chapter, we give and explain a widely accepted definition of sustainable software engineering1 before we present a quality model for sustainable software. Afterwards, based on the definition, we introduce a set of high-level reference processes2 which add sustainability concepts to the software reference processes defined in ISO/IEC 12207. Then we investigate how these additional reference processes are covered by two sustainable software engineering processes, the "Process Model for Agile and Sustainable Software Engineering"3,4 and the "Green Model for Sustainable Software Engineering"5.


Naumann, S., Kern, E., Dick, M., Johann, T.: Sustainable Software Engineering: Process and Quality Models, Life Cycle, and Social Aspects. In: L.M. Hilty and B. Aebischer (eds.), ICT Innovations for Sustainability, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing 310, Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015, DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-09228-7, ISBN 978-3-319-09227-0


  1. Naumann, S., Dick, M., Kern, E., Johann, T.: The GREENSOFT Model: A Reference Model for Green and Sustainable Software and its Engineering. SUSCOM 1(4): 294–304. (2011) doi: 10.1016/j.suscom.2011.06.004
  2. Lami, G., Fabbrini, F., Fusani, M.: Software Sustainability from a Process-Centric Perspective. In: D. Winkler, R.V O’Connor, R. Messnarz (eds) EuroSPI 2012, CCIS 301. Springer, pp. 97–108 (2012)
  3. Dick M, Drangmeister J, Kern E et al. (2013) Green Software Engineering with Agile Methods. In: Green and Sustainable Software (GREENS), 2013 2nd International Workshop on, pp 78–85, DOI:10.1109/GREENS.2013.6606425
  4. Dick M, Naumann S (2010) Enhancing Software Engineering Processes towards Sustainable Software Product Design. In: Greve K, Cremers AB (eds) EnviroInfo 2010: Integration of Environmental Information in Europe. Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Informatics for Environmental Protection, October 6 - 8, 2010, Cologne/Bonn, Germany. Shaker, Aachen, pp 706–715
  5. Mahmoud SS, Ahmad I (2013) A Green Model for Sustainable Software Engineering 2013. International Journal of Software Engineering and Its Applications 7(4): 55–74


2nd Edition of Green Code Lab Challenge

After the first international Green Code Lab Challenge in 2013, the second edition will take be on 27 to 28 November 2014.


EnviroInfo 2014 - ICT for Energy Efficiency, 10-12 September 2014, Oldenburg (Germany)

28th International Conference on Informatics for Environmental Protection
General Conference Scope: ICT for Energy Efficiency
10-12 September 2014, Oldenburg, Germany

EnviroInfo 2014 hosts also the 4th Workshop on Energy Aware Software-Engineering and Development (EASED@EnviroInfo)

Email: info@enviroinfo2014.org


ICT4S 2014 - Open Access Conference Proceedings Available

The conference proceedings1 of the 2nd International Conference on ICT for Sustainability (ICT4S 2014) is now available at http://www.atlantis-press.com/php/pub.php?publication=ict4s-14.

The proceedings contains thoroughly peer-reviewed papers of high scientific standard. The papers cover a broad range of topics that should be relevant for anyone interested in ICT and sustainable development, especially environmental sustainability.

About ICT4S 2014

The 2nd International Conference on ICT for Sustainability (ICT4S 2014) will be held in Stockholm, Sweden 24-27 August 2014. The theme of ICT4S 2014 is “ICT and transformational change”.



  1. Höjer, M., Lago, P., Wangel, J. (eds.): Proceedings of the 2014 conference ICT for Sustainability. Atlantis Press (2014)


Call for project - GreenTouch Satellite Event - Nantes, 18th September

On 18th of September the GreenTouch Satellite Event will take place in Nantes. The event is part of the Nantes Digital Week from 12 to 21 September 2014. The aim of this Digital Week is to bring to together researchers, digital art lovers, start-ups, specialists and many more. To do so, during the event there will be a lot of conferences, expos, festivals, demos, workshops, etc.
The GreenTouch Consortium, presented in the video below, calls for projects in the context of Green IT and IT for Green. Everyone can apply to present his solutions by completing the online form  before 13th of August.

More information: here.


4th Workshop on "Energy-Aware Software Engineering and Development"

EnviroInfo 2014, 10th-12th September 2014, Oldenburg, Germany.

The EASED workshop series on Energy-Aware Software Engineering and Development focusses on the intensive presentation and discussion of methods and technologies to optimize the energy consumption of systems by improving software components in software-intensive, embedded systems.

Among others, these include techniques to:
  • Detect energy code-smells,
  • Optimize code,
  • Avoid energy waste,
  • Measure energy consumption caused by software, and
  • Model software-caused energy behaviour of embedded systems.

Paper submission deadline:  June 20, 2014



"European players are going Green IT" - Green Week Satellite Event 2013

In the context of the Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy (3rd to 5th June at The Egg Conference Centre, Rue Bara, in Brussels), the Green Lab Center organizes a daily webinar showcasing European Green IT Practices. The Green Week satellite event "European players are going Green IT" will take place between Monday 19th and Friday 23rd May.


Green Software Development Model

Shenoy and Eeratta present in their paper “Green Software Development Model. An Approach towards Sustainable Software” (2011) a set of suggestions that should be considered in software development life cycle processes to take environmentally sound decisions for the software product itself but also for the applied software development process.


Book Review “User Experience in the Age of Sustainability”

In her book “User Experience in the Age of Sustainability - A Practitioner’s Blueprint”, Kem-Laurin Kramer presents some first ideas that may develop some day to the research field of “sustainable user experience design and research”. As the subtitle suggests, practitioners will not find well-tested ready to use tools addressing sustainability issues. Instead, the book provides some basic thought provoking ideas that help and inspire user research professionals in starting with sustainability issues.

The book is organized in five chapters:
  • Chapter 1 discusses the interrelationships of sustainability, user experience, and design
  • Chapter 2 presents some approaches to sustainable user experience
  • Chapter 3 relates sustainable user experience to a general product design life cycle and outlines a framework for sustainable user experience
  • Chapter 4 further develops the framework and complements appropriate user research methods
  • Chapter 5 discusses different product quality factors in relation to sustainability and presents some case studies for sustainable products


Call for Papers: Environmental Informatics between Sustainability and Change

Within the scope of the INFORMATICS 2014 conference: "Big Data – complexity master" (22nd-26th of September, 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany) the second workshop "Environmental Informatics between Sustainability and Change" (UINW, Umweltinformatik zwischen Nachhaltigkeit und Wandel) will take place. The Call for Papers is opened. Contributions should enclose approx. 8-10 pages and be written in German or English:
  • Submission of contributions for the Workshops: 22nd of April, 2014 
  • Decision on the acceptance of the Workshop of contribution: 20th of May, 2014 
  • Submission of the printable version: 23rd of June, 2014
In the complexity of  the data amounts in the environmental area or energy sector ranges of topics arise:
  • very big data amounts in environmental by Geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Open Data in environmental information systems 
  • Operational environmental information systems (BUIS) 
  • Climate change and adaptation 
  • Modelling and simulation of big records 
  • Environmental information systems and energy information systems 
  • Connections between environmental data and health data 
  • Smart meter and Smart Grid 
  • Mass data storage in energy systems incl. security aspects
  • ...
The workshop should make a contribution to this field of environmental informatics and discuss current trends, but also sharpen the interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinal focus and think outside the box.


Environmental Informatics Prize 2014 for Students

Deadline May 31, 2014

For the 12th time the Technical Committee “Informatics for Environmental Protection“ of the German Informatics Society will award the “Environmental Informatics Prize". The prize is awarded for students’ works in the field of environmental informatics.

EnviroInfo 2014 -- 28th International Conference on Informatics for Environmental Protection

28th International Conference on Informatics for Environmental Protection
Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany
September 10th – 12th 2014

Conference Theme: ICT for Energy Efficiency


Book Project about Green Software Engineering Aspects

Coral Calero and Mario Piattini, professors of the Computer Science Department at the University of  Castilla-La Mancha in Spain, are editing a Springer book dealing with the multiple aspects regarding being Green in Software Engineering. Hence, they invited different researchers dealing with topics like Green Software Requirements, Testing, Construction, Models, Quality, etc. to write contributions about their personal interest.

Our chapter will deal with Processes for Green and Sustainable Software Engineering.


3rd International Workshop on Green and Sustainable Software, GREENS 2014

The third International Workshop on Green and Sustainable Software will be held in conjunction with the 36th International Conference on Software Engineering 2014 in Hyderabad, India from May 31 to June 7.

The paper submission deadline is Jan 31 with extension at most to Monday, Feb 3.