useITsmartly - the idea behind


Today our living environments are shaped by digital communication tools that have modified former principles of communication, knowledge acquisition, and playing. Along with these shiny little helpers and applications come environmental and societal consequences that we are often ignorant of.


Especially for young people IT use has become an important part of everyday life but the majority is unknowing about the environmental impacts of ICT and knowledge about how to save energy while using these devices is still missing.


The EU project "useITsmartly" intended to close this gap by developing innovative solutions to facilitate young people's capacity building of smart IT use and ideas how to reach them in collaboration with young people themselves.


Therefore it sought to answer the following questions:


How do young people use ICT?


What ideas do young people have in order to use ICT differently?


How can they be best empowered to pass knowledge on to peers?


The three publications that you find here summarize the major outputs of the project and seek to answer those questions. Since they are directed towards a diverse audience and contain varying approaches they each have a unique style or format.










The project´s biggest outputs






The interactive toolbox is an online based tool that makes use of our research and comprises ideas on how to encourage more energy-efficient IT practices among youth. In creativity workshops youth came up with the ideas, which again were collected, ra-
ted, discussed and assembled through experts and the project consortium. Here you can search for inspiration to change your own behaviour or start your own campaign, for example.





Young people and ICT


The brochure gives an overview on how young people use ICT. It covers, which kinds of devices or user habits are most common among youths of 16–20 years and further looks at how young people reflect their user behaviour in terms of its effects on the environment. It concludes with a collection of the most energy consuming ICT-practices among young people and recommendations for policy makers for example.





IT peer education guidelines


This brochure contains information on how to set up peer trainings and is enriched by the experiences with this kind of IT-peer-education from both sides – teachers and learners. It gives practical support and hands-on advice for the implementation of peer trainings. Here we want to address teachers, NGOs, multipliers, young people who want to do something in the field, or any person who is interested in making a change in issues afflicting the environment.


The brochure is also available in all useITsmartly country languages (Danish, Dutch, German and Norwegian) here.