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The new normal: Shaping norms with real-time data.

I was really happy to discover the city of Montreal had installed an eco-counter for one of it’s bike lanes in the Plateau-Mont Royal borough earlier this year. It’s located right outside of the Laurier street exit of the Laurier metro station, which is in a residential area north of the city’s downtown. The space

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EnergyLife: Three steps to household energy awareness.

In the paper “Eco-Feedback on the Go: Motivating Energy Awareness,” the authors present EnergyLife, a multifaceted too that shares information about household electricity consumption in a variety of fashions. In addition to providing seemingly straightforward information on energy use, EnergyLife also incorporates a gaming environment in order to reward the user as they achieve certain goals related to energy conservation. More than just

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A Wee Water Saver: the Waterpebble

  The story goes that Paul Priestman, a director of design at Priestmangoode, conceived of this idea after reading a simple sign in a hotel bathroom. The sign asked to “Please Use Water Sparingly.” In one article I read he suggested the sign was stupid… but look what it lead to… not long after reading it, the

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The Nest thermostat learns what to do to keep you comfy. Hopefully it teaches you a thing or two in the process.

Energy savings could certainly use a little sex appeal. Enter the fine folks who helped develop the now ubiquitous iPod and iPhone – products that revolutionized the smart phone market and virtually insured that most North Americans carry a tiny computational device in their pocket or purse. It was only a matter of time before the

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eMeter: Mobile metering of household appliances

In the paper “Evaluating mobile phones as energy consumption feedback devices,” authors Markus Weiss, Claire-Michelle Loock, Thorsten Staake, Friedemann Mattern, and Elgar Fleisch, of ETH Zurich’s Institute for Pervasive Computing and Information Management departments consider the potential for a meaningful relationship between increasingly pervasive smart metering systems and and smart phones as a means to deliver quick, timely information to the user. Recognizing that

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Bits to Energy Lab

In my continuing quest to find excellent research on the topic of conservation oriented design, I recently stumbled across the website of the Bits to Energy Lab, a joint initiative of the University of St. Gallen and ETH Zurich. The lab’s research mission is to investigate “consumption feedback, customer engagement, and data analytics with an emphasis on economically attractive

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On the EcoPath to sustainable actions.

In the technical report “EcoPath: Adding Spatial, Social, and Gaming Contexts to Personal Tracking Systems” by Joel Ross, Nadine Amsel, Robert Beckman, Bill Tomlinson, we are introduced to “EcoPath,” a mobile game developed to help people track the location of  activities which can be thought of as sustainable, such as biking and recycling. In some ways

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Green Ticker: counting the number of water bottles NOT used.

Before class, I like to fill up a bottle of water so that I have something on hand in the event that my throat becomes parched from all the talking that one naturally does as a lecturer. Not so long ago McGill University‘s Bronfman building installed a new filling station to make it easier to

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GreenSweeper: Old game, new trait.

In the paper “GreenSweeper: A Persuasive Mobile Game for Environmental Awareness” authors Hui-chun Lin, Kah Liu, and Nithya Sambasivan present “a collaborative, mixed-reality, photo-based mobile game aimed at promoting environmental awareness” called Greensweeper. The aim of this particular game is to tie reflection to awareness raising, using play. Just as the name suggests, it has been modelled after the easily

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Academic Poster 2.0

In an attempt to get beyond the static page of the prototypical dry and poorly designed academic poster, today at the John Molson School of Business Annual Graduate Research Exhibition I’m presenting an academic poster with a little feedback built into it. I’ve yet to find something like this on the web, so “Academic Poster 2.0″ might

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