Information Communications Technology (ICT) Sustainability Mini-Conference
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
In this pre-conference workshop, AT&T, along with representatives from the Carbon War Room, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and our customer, Avantair Inc., will discuss how Information Communications Technology (ICT) can help business meet sustainability goals through the use of technology. This workshop will provide tangible ideas and proof points you can execute in your business to:
- Enable remote workers with video and web collaboration
- Increase productivity with mobile applications
- Utilize “Anywhere” and on demand functionality with Cloud technologies
BSR will open the session with a perspective on applying wireless technology to sustainability challenges in business. We’ll look at key areas where wireless connectivity can make an impact and provide some innovative, real-world examples of ICT companies addressing sustainability challenges today.
A senior representative from the Carbon War Room will then review initial findings from a joint research initiative with AT&T, examining the potentially huge business and environmental impacts of machine-to-machine (M2M) technology. The research looks at the power of ICT and wireless technologies, not only addressing sustainability challenges but benefiting the bottom line at the same time. The Carbon War Room will also talk about applications of M2M that help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across a variety of market segments, in deployments both large and small.
Next, Avantair Inc., a fractional ownership air travel company and AT&T customer, will present their case study on how to build and operate a profitable and environmentally sustainable business in the ever demanding airline industry. Innovations starting at the core of the business, like basing the fleet on an aircraft known for speed and exceptional fuel efficiency, drive decisions to achieve the dual-prioritization of building a business that’s both good for shareholders and the environment. IT initiatives like using tablet computers equipped with automated forms in the cockpits, as well as a mobile device management platform for data security also speak to this dual prioritization. Additional initiatives that showcase the company’s sustainable mindset will be presented.
AT&T will offer its perspective on the state of sustainability in business today, than the session will conclude with a facilitated discussion looking at, “Has the business sector gone far enough to be sustainable? What’s Next?” We’ll address audience questions and what we learned throughout the session.
Who Should Attend This Session?
- Corporate Sustainability and IT Directors and Executives
- Corporate Responsibility Officers, Executive Management and Directors
AT&T powers technologies that empower others and help businesses reach their desired bottom line. In 2011, the company worked with customers to engineer innovative solutions that also help address economic, environmental and social challenge by:
- Engaging hundreds of companies in a “fast pitch” atmosphere to hear from developers and entrepreneurs with great ideas and taking the best of those and helping to make them a reality.
- Through AT&T’s own use of technology, logging more than 2.9 million Telepresence minutes, providing an estimated savings of almost $13.9 million in travel dollars saved and more than 8,261 metric tons of CO2 emissions averted.
Director of Research
Carbon War Room
BSR Advisory Services
Director of Sustainability Operations