UMKC Joins GreenTouch Consortium

School of Computing and Engineering to participate in effort to improve energy efficiency of the ICT industries by a factor of 1,000

The University of Missouri-Kansas City‘s School of Computing and Engineering has become a member of GreenTouch, a global industry consortium dedicated to dramatically improving the energy efficiency of the information and communications technology networks by a factor of 1,000.

Researchers at UMKC’s SCE will collaborate with a number of high-profile institutions to research and invent technologies that will enable more energy-efficient networks. Without interventions like this one, internet and telecommunications energy usage is expected to grow to 10 percent of total global energy consumption by 2020. The goal is to demonstrate the new technology by 2015.

“The UMKC School of Computing and Engineering is a nationally-recognized research center with a longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability. We’re looking forward to working with our research partner in GreenTouch to make substantial reductions in energy consumption,” said Kevin Truman, dean of the school.

The not-for-profit consortium joins together independent think tanks, laboratories such as Bell Laboratories, and colleges including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University and the Universities of Rochester and Maryland.

UMKC’s SCE is located in, and contributes to, one of the nation’s largest engineering communities. It is Kansas City’s only university with ABET-accredited engineering, computer science and information technology degree programs. Over the past four years, research funding has tripled to $10M, and the SCE’s enrollment has grown by 50 percent to 1,100 students. The program is expected to grow to 1,500 by 2014.

This collaboration is the latest of the SCE’s many distinguished partnerships and achievements. The SCE’s internationally-recognized faculty are involved in research partnerships with IBM and Intel, and SCE computer networking research has been funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the National Science Foundation.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

About GreenTouch

GreenTouch is a global consortium of leading service providers, academic and industrial research institutions and non-governmental organizations working together to define the challenges, identify the trends and issues and develop solutions that will achieve the goal of delivering within five years the architecture, specifications, roadmap and demonstrations of key components needed to increase the energy efficiency of ICT networks – in particular, the service provider networks that make up the Internet – by a factor of 1,000 from current levels. For more information, go to

Tags: , .
  • Recent UMKC News

    $20 Million Scholarship Article in The Kansas City Star

    KC Scholars partnership also in U.S. News and World Report … Read more

    Geosciences Professor’s Research Cited in New York Times

    Fengpeng Sun co-authored study on California wildfire seasons The 2015 … Read more

    Bloch Faculty Interviewed on NBC Nightly News

    Brent Never teaches about Kansas City’s racial dividing line Never … Read more