Chapter 4 Green Communications

4.1 Meaning

Currently there is a growing trend that needs to address the expansive telecommunications infrastructure throughout the world, including the accelerated rise in the usage of communications, the increasing costs of energy, the future uncertainty of the depleting fossil fuels, and terroristic or natural threats to the infrastructure. All these factors create an urgent need to push towards the development of an environmental friendly and energy-efficient method for communications. There are several definitions that attempt to correctly define all the past and current trends within the field of communications. The new trend that many technology and communication specialists have pointed towards Green Communications. In defining the concept it takes several terms that must be first addressed. Communications is defined by Webster as, “a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behaviors.”(Merriam-Webster, n.d) Within the blanket terms of Communications are the establishment of concepts, and technologies that have help people across the world communicate with the development of Telecommunications.