*_Notice and Invitation_*
Oral Defense of Doctoral Dissertation
The Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University



*Khuloud Odeh*
Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, University of Jordan, 1994
Master of Science, Computer Science, American University, 1997

Master in Strategic Leadership toward Sustainability, Blekinge Institute 
of Technology, 2009

  

  

*Framework for Assessing Environmental, Social, and Economic Sustainability of ICT Organizations*

Wednesday, April 24^th 2013, 9:30am-11:30am
Engineering Building 3^rd Floor Conference Room 3202 - ECE

All are invited to attend.

*_Committee_*
Dr. Sharon deMonsabert, Chair
Dr. Daniel A. MenascÚ
Dr. Edgar H. Sibley

Dr. Mark H. Houck

*_Abstract_*

Key challenges that confront the Information and Communication 
Technology (ICT) industry today in defining and achieving social, 
environmental, and economic sustainability goals include identifying 
sustainable operating standards and best practices and measuring and 
assessing performance against those practices.The industry lacks a 
framework for assessing sustainability that is consistent, reliable, and 
applicable to ICT organizations' practices beyond the data center 
operation and purchasing of electronic products. Without an industry 
accepted framework, the burden of defining sustainable practices lies 
with each organization or company.This has resulted in inconsistencies 
and a general lack of baseline information regarding sustainable 
practice in the sector.To address this gap, an ICT sustainability 
assessment framework was developed.The framework took a balanced 
approach in accounting for the environmental, economic, and social 
sustainability issues in ICT and recognized contributions of innovation 
to sustainable ICT.The rating method was based on a weighted and 
aggregated set of criteria that were validated by ICT sustainability 
experts.An expert focus group validated the model ratings against their 
professional judgment.Practical application of the model was 
demonstrated for a leading North American Telecommunication company

A copy of this doctoral dissertation is on reserve at the Johnson Center 
Library.