“Sustainability” is an increasingly mainstream topic across the globe covering the environmental, social, and economic issues that are arising as humanity begins to hit finite planetary bounds.
Verdant Place is Facebook Connectivity’s co-creation center to bring together sustainability stakeholders, initiatives, opportunities, researchers, industry, investors, and other World Citizens to ensure that Connectivity and Information Communication Technologies (ICT) are part of the solution to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.
“Connectivity” refers to the global digital society enabled by information and communications technologies. The sustainability issues targeted by Verdant Place include both the direct impacts of ICT and connectivity infrastructure, such as carbon emissions or end-of-life product recycling, as well as indirect impacts, such as social and economic consequences of increased and enhanced connectivity to individuals and communities.
Other possible direct impacts include environmental factors such as toxicity, ozone depletion, and soil and atmospheric acidification. Indirect consequences include sustainability goals, such as those considered in the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
From these efforts, we aim to forge one or more programs (i.e. collections of projects contributing to common goals) addressing (a) approaches to leverage stakeholder desire to achieve sustainability goals to create demand for increased and enhanced connectivity, and (b) the consequences of increased and enhanced connectivity to achieving sustainability goals.
Example focus areas include:
Sustainable connectivity infrastructure
- Sustainable/renewable energy sources including solar and beyond to provide “green” power to core, backhaul, and edge equipment
- Reduced power consumption in core, backhaul, and edge equipment
Consequences of connectivity to global sustainability
- Per-capita CO2 emissions and other environmental impacts from increased connectivity
- Impact of connectivity on UN SDGs
Sustainability as a driver for connectivity
- SDGs as motivators for increased/enhanced urban, peri-urban, and rural connectivity
- Models development for sustainability impacts and stakeholder engagements
- Approaches to engage community stakeholders to achieve SDGs via enhanced connectivity