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As often is the case, institutes of higher education are at the forefront of innovative ways to solve problems.  Melding technology and sustainability is a natural area where they’ve taken the lead: read the cover article in the current issue of EDUCAUSE Review.

I’m here at the EDUCAUSE 2009 Annual Conference, where some of higher education’s best and brightest information technology thinkers meet and collaborate about ways to enhance and extend learning.

A lot of them have adopted Cisco TelePresence, not only as way to create new educational and business models, but also as a way to be more sustainable. 

The more conventional way to be sustainable with Cisco TelePresence is to reduce travel between various campuses.  Take a look at what conference attendees had to say about that in this video:

 

But there’s another twist.  

One of the attendees pointed out to me:  by being interoperable with H.323-based videoconferencing systems, Cisco TelePresence doesn’t require rip and replace--organizations can simply add Cisco TelePresence to their existing deployments.

Reuse and recycle at its best.

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