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Professional The low-carbon sector employees a lot of software developers. For example, wind farm operators use SCADA systems to provide data on performance and to inform proactive maintenance regimes; and wind-farm developers use modelling software to design the optimum layout of the windfarms. If you want to dedicate your career to it, and you don't have ...


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Making a difference with your web searches I'm a software developer myself, and one thing I do very often is use search engines. One small thing we can do for the environment is do searches with Ecosia, an organisation that donates 80% of surplus income to tree planting projects. There are add-ons for Firefox and Chrome to make it the default search engine. ...


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There is quite a lot of software that is in one way or another helping the environment. To give you an idea here are some categories: Environmental management systems to keep track of and analyze the environmental performance of a company. Life-cycle assessment software to investigate how exactly a product impacts the environment and what more ...


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If we apply the concept of sustainability of a local forest, then there are various objectives we might have: The short and long term direct health of the flora and fauna. This might be affected by pollution, climate change, introduced species (eg insects, predators such as rats or stoats, or invasive plants). Encouragement of the local community to care ...


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Routes into sustainable industries Analytic skills are very valuable in many sustainability industries, as are knowledge of engineering and physics principles. There have traditionally been two routes into what we now call the low-carbon industries: one route has been via NGOs and lots of volunteering. The other has been engineers and scientists who care ...


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I'll start with my own answer including some examples I'm aware of to help set context, and I'll highlight in bold some uncertainties. This will be a community wiki so we can build this list together and clarify uncertainties over time. Actions Today Contribute to non-profits and charities focused on forest conservation, reforestation, and sustainable land ...


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Develop for old hardware You could develop for old hardware or in general develop software that enables durable hardware. For example some developers provide slick Linux distributions like WattOS, others develop specialized tools that free up space on your Android phone (eg Audio cleanup, Ccleaner, etc) such that older hardware may serve longer. I think ...


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Perhaps not entirely what you are looking for, but it's the best I can think of. You can search for companies on the B(enefit) Corporation website. B Corp is an international label that certifies that a company meet[s] rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency [source] Their search engine has a few ...


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1) There's a special "sustainability" category on AngelList if you consider jobs in startups. IT jobs can be found there as well as non-IT. What's really nice is that you can figure out a company's mission simply by looking at its short description, eg: The climate impact of everything made accessible to everyone. or The digital sourcing platform - ...


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Buy degraded/abused land in strategic locations (which should be cheap as a result). (Re-)Plant trees. Place a conservation covenant over the property so that future owners are legally required to preserve it. In Victoria, Australia, organisations like the Trust For Nature can help with this process. If you're not sure what a conservation covenant is, ...


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Bear in mind that every word in the question will have been chosen carefully. The "to" and "a" are there to ensure it's correct English. Each of the other words is important. So make sure that you've addressed every one. The people assessing your application will be looking for signs that you have the aptitude to learn, that you understand what will be ...


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I'm afraid it will be very hard to find evidence for this, but I can think of two arguments in favor of a Yes answer: If people know that others 'do the right thing', they will be more likely to do that themselves. This is one of the reasons for taking action that e.g. Per Espen Stokness writes about in his book What We Think About When We Try Not To Think ...


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There are many different things you can do to get active for your environment. Imho developers are even more important, as they create software that will consume energy at the design, development and later a lot more if it is getting used from many others. But next to this you can also change something on your behavior when you work, while using other ...


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