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The Tree of Tenere: a tragic reminder to just behave.

In the paper “The Ténéré: Design for Supporting Energy Conservation Behaviors” researchers Ju-Whan Kim, Yun-Kyung Kim, and Tek-Jin Nam from the Department of Industrial Design at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), we are presented the Ténéré, a small screen that is built into an electric power extension cord, which is meant to “support people’s energy conservation behaviors.” The small

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UbiGreen: Eco-feeback on the go.

On average, the largest contributor to an individual’s CO2 emissions is personal transportation. In Canada, this represents more than 26 % of Canada’s total green house gas emissions. In the paper “UbiGreen: Investigating a Mobile Tool for Tracking and Supporting Green Transportation Habits” by Jon Froehlich, Tawanna Dillahunt, Predrag Klasnja, Jennifer Mankoff, Sunny Consolvo, Beverly Harrison, James A. Landay, the authors present the design, development

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Art + Technology = Happy Spinning Trees

Tiffany Holmes is a media artist and an Associate Professor of Art and Technology at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and as part of her doctoral thesis she developed and deployed an eco-feedback tool for the workplace.  With the piece 7000 oaks and counting (2006-2009) Holmes looks to answer the question “Can creative visualizations of real time energy

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“Save energy or the bear gets it”

Anyone who has spent anytime considering environmental messaging will have noticed that the polar bear frequently being used as a symbol of the impact of global warming on the animal kingdom. Perhaps it’s no surprise then that eco-feedback designers might be interested in leveraging the concern that many people seem to have for the iconic giant white bear

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Infotropism: a plant-based approach to eco-feedback

In the paper “Infotropism: Living and Robotic Plants as Interactive Displays” the interdisciplinary team of David Holstius, John Kembel, Amy Hurst, Peng-Hui Wan, Jodi Forlizzi, present a living and robotic plant display as a tool to increase recycling. At the root of the process was the desire to use “living plants to convey information about human activity”  (p.2). This is an excellent opportunity for

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Wn Wn: an eco-feedback tool for the office

This is a project that I completed as part of Concordia University’s year-end design exhibition, called “Formation,” which ran from April 19th – 22nd, 2012. Wn-Wn (from the expression “waste not, want not”) is a workplace eco-visualization tool meant to draw attention to organizational energy waste. The aim is to use real-time feedback to empower individuals

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