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25th October
to 29th November
300 You will earn 300 gold points for completing this activity.
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Ecotech Explorers: Greener Computing Project

25th October to 29th November
When we enter the digital world, we leave as big of a carbon footprint there as we do anywhere else. This project explores this idea and challenges you to find and develop ideas or initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of computing at Manchester Met. You don't need to be an expert - this project is designed to help you learn!

Every action we take part in or product we buy has a carbon cost. This is the amount of carbon dioxide released to the atmosphere by the production, transport, and disposal of that item. Most of us are aware of this concept as we go about our lives and where possible try and make lower carbon options.

It’s quite easy to understand that buying local fruit and veg is probably a better choice than something that has flown around the world wrapped in plastic packaging, or that putting on a jumper might be better than turning up the heating!

What is much trickier to visualise is our digital carbon footprint. Have you ever thought of the carbon cost of sending a WhatsApp message or saving all those holiday snaps to the cloud?

When we look at the carbon footprint of a large institution like Manchester Metropolitan we find that the carbon cost of computing and digital services is one of the largest contributors! This is probably quite surprising! Most of us probably think about avoiding wasting paper but we probably don’t think about wasting cloud storage when we save our work!

To reach a net-zero future we need to reduce our carbon footprint, both on the personal level and, more so at the institutional level. The first step in this is awareness. We all need to consider our digital carbon footprint as much we consider our real world impact.

This project gives you a space and a team to have a positive impact on the digital community by investigating the environmental impact of digital habits. A more detailed project brief will be provided in the next section!

Associated Badges:

In A Nutshell...

  • Collaborate ... with students across the university
  • Build ... a team of fellow students passionate about sustainability
  • Show Leadership ... and the opportunity to demonstrate creative problem solving
  • Rethink... how we use and interact with digital spaces
  • Deliver ... a solution to your project brief
  • Earn up to 300 Rise points ... which can be recognised within your degree.


  • call_split 13:00 to 15:00 on 25/10/23
    Week Zero: Do This now!
    Access the associated resources below to discover how this project will work Access Associated Resource →
  • place 13:00 to 15:00 on 01/11/23 - Study Room
    Week 1: Get to know your team and challenge
    The first week of this project involves meeting your team Access Associated Resource →
  • place 13:00 to 15:00 on 01/11/23 - All Saints Library, Ground Floor Group Room
    Week 2: Ideation
    Create ideas for your project Access Associated Resource →
  • place 13:00 to 15:00 on 08/11/23 - BS 3.12
    Week 3: Pitch and Evaluate Your Idea
    Pitch your idea to mentors/stakeholder Access Associated Resource →
  • place 13:00 to 15:00 on 15/11/23 - Study Rooms
    Week 4: Develop your idea
    Develop your idea and create an action plan Access Associated Resource →
  • place 13:00 to 15:00 on 22/11/23 - BS 4.05A
    Week 5: Putting it all together
    Pull your ideas together and start to plan your presentation Access Associated Resource →
  • place 15:00 to 17:00 on 29/11/23 - BS 3.04
    Week 6: Present your idea
    Present your final idea Access Associated Resource →