BYOD Programs

The Effect of Implementation on the Environment


BYOD stands for "Bring your own device". BYOD programs are those in which people can bring their own devices to school or work instead of using a PC at that location. It offers greater flexibility and an opportunity to help the environment through recycling and minimizing resource and energy consumption.


Resources can be Recovered from Recycled Devices

Employers and schools can encourage recycling among the people when they are no longer using their device.

One million recycled laptops could provide energy for over 3,000 houses for one year.

From one million recycled cell phones, we can recover 35,000 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium.

Almost every electronic device contains at least one rare earth mineral. This mining pollutes the environment, specifically the surrounding groundwater.

Energy Usage

PCs Require More Energy than Laptops or Tablets

Energy Star users who switched from a PC to a Notebook reduced their energy consumption by 50-80%.

Loughborough University in the UK is currently attempting to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. They have 1,400 HP desktop PCs, 50 notebooks and 250 dual-boot Macs. Since 2011, their technology shift has reduced their anual carbon emissions by 75,000 pounds and saved 45,000 kWh per year.

Resource Usage

Creating a single PC desktop computer requires 1.8 tons of raw materials. These materials break down into (approximately) over 500 pounds of fossil fuels, which are nonrenewable, 50 pounds of chemicals, and 1.5 tons of water.


Part of the Flat Connections Global Project 2015


Students involved include: Jacob G. and Wassefe from the Universal School in Lebanon, Connor F. from Franklin Regional Senior High in the USA, Lisa M. from the Robert Bateman Secondary School in Canada, Lauren H. from the Academy of Allied Health and Science in the USA, Hannah L. from the Berea-Midpark High School in the USA, Erin N. from Valley High School in the USA, Mason B. and Kyle M. from the Quest Charter Academy High School in the USA and Amber L. from the Jonesville Middle School in the USA.

Special thanks to the teacher leader, Mrs. Amy Jambor

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