ENV281 Special Topics in the Environment Is the Internet Green Syllabus

University of Toronto, Fall 2015

About This Course

Every year instructors at the University of Toronto are asked if your course is “green” – “where steps have been taken to reduce the use of paper”. The implicit “flip side” of that question is that we use computer technology and likely the Internet to distribute and gather course materials and assignments. What are the environmental benefits to using computer technology and the Internet rather than paper to exchange information as the question about “greening your course” assumes? We will probe this question and beyond to look at the Internet and information technologies (IT) through the lens of environmental sustainability.