Green IT-Peer Work in Austria


From February to April 2015 30 students of 14 technical secondary schools were trained to become Green IT-Peers in Austria. Since then the Peers informed about 2000 students of various schools about energy saving practices in IT directly through workshops and presentations. Further 1.500 persons were reached via posters, articles in regional newspapers and info-screens till now. Overall 16.840 persons were reached in Austria.


For their engagement the Green IT-Peers were officially awared in December 2015 by one of the highest officials of the State Government in the knights' hall of the Styrian Government.




Peer-to-peer action @ HBLFA Raumberg
Peer-to-peer action @ HBLFA Raumberg





More impressions from the Austrian peer trainings

Dissambling workshop
Life cycle analysis
Raw material chain
Smart meter presentation
Taking apart - putting together





What does a click cost?


Did you know, that...


...for their server farms Google needs as much energy daily as a town with 300.000 inhabitants.


...every day 2 billion people worldwide use the internet. Increasing dramatically!


...the internet is already responsible for more CO2-emissions than the airline industry.



Green IT Peers know more


The daily use of virtual products and services is a matter of course for most young people and they are very familiar with the handling of the different devices. However the boundless use of IT causes a lot of impacts on the environment as well as social impacts. Hardly anybody is aware of these facts.



The Austrian Green IT-Peer training: 6 days for 30 students


Within the UseITsmarty project 30 students were educated by the Styrian Center of environmental education (UBZ) in 2 training modules (each lasting 3 days) to become "Green IT-peers". This training took place at the youth hostel in Bruck/Mur in the school-year 2014-15. Beside the content of the training (data protection, green-IT, green internet, embodied energy, life cycle of a computer, clean IT) top priority was given to the training concept. This is based on a contemporary pedagogic, predicated on long-time experience with target group oriented youth work (considering different age groups, educational background, social setting) and intends to convey a comprehensive understanding of the content The methods were created in a mix of different educational approaches (experiental pedagogic, confluent education, Montessori education, Freinet education, peer-education and neuro-didactics). Special attention was given to creative approaches with hands-on experience such as counting mouse-clicks during internet search and counting the energy consumption, disassembling laptops, working with raw materials, teambuilding and creative methods in order to collect ideas for the peer-work



Involved schools, Training I (February, 10th -12th 2015, Jouth hostel Bruck/Mur)

HBLA für Forstwirtschaft Bruck/Mur

BHAK und BHAS Fürstenfeld

HLW Krieglach

HLW Leoben

BHAK Liezen

BHAK und BHAS Fürstenfeld

HBLFA Raumberg/Gumpenstein

HLW Schrödinger

HLW Sozialmanagement


Involved schools, Training II (April 21st-24th 2015, Youth hostel Bruck/Mur)

BHAK und BHAS Wien

HBLA Pitzelsstätten

HTL Kaindorf/Sulm

HBLA Sitzenberg

HBLA für Forstwirtschaft Bruck/Mur



Contakt: Dipl.-Pä Cosima Pilz | +43 316 83 54 04-7 | greenIT(at)





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