Proceedings of the 2014 conference ICT for Sustainability

Session: Best papers

8 articles

Citizen observatories of water: Social innovation via eParticipation

Uta Wehn, Jaap Evers
We live in the age of Big Data, yet many areas of environmental management are still suffering from a lack of relevant data, information and knowledge that impedes sound decision making. A highly relevant phenomenon is therefore the so-called citizen observatories whereby the observations of ordinary...

Environmental Assessment of E-media Solutions: Challenges Experienced in Case Studies of Alma Media Newspapers

Yevgeniya Arushanyan, ÅSa Moberg, Minna Nors, Catharina Hohenthal, Hanna Pihkola
The rapid and continuous development of information and communication technology (ICT) in society today is providing new means for various societal activities. To facilitate that new ICT solutions reduce environmental impacts and bring social improvements the potential impacts of those new solutions...

GreenMind - An Architecture and Realization for Energy Smart Buildings

Faris Nizamic, Tuan Anh Nguyen, Alexander Lazovik, Marco Aiello
Existing buildings are responsible for more than 40% of the world’s total primary energy consumption. Current building management systems fail to reduce unnecessary energy consumption and preserve user comfort at the same time mainly because they are unable to cope with dynamic changes caused by user’s...

ICT4S 2029: What will be the systems supporting sustainability in 15 years

Birgit Penzenstadler, Bill Tomlinson, Eric Baumer, Marcel Pufal, Ankita Raturi, Debra Richardson, Baki Cakici, Ruzanna Chitchyan
Research is often inspired by visions of the future. These visions can take on various narrative forms, and can fall anywhere along the spectrum from utopian to dystopian. Even though we recognize the importance of such visions to help us shape research questions and inspire rich design spaces to be...

ICT4S Reaching Out: Making sustainability relevant in higher education

Elina Eriksson, Daniel Pargman
Many media technology and computer science engineering students suffer from the preconceived opinion that sustainability is at best peripheral, and at worst irrelevant to their education. In this paper we discuss our experiences of integrating sustainability and ICT4S into a media technology engineering...

On the edge of supply: designing renewable energy supply into everyday life

Maria Angela Ferrario, Stephen Forshaw, Peter Newman, William Simm, Adrian Friday, Alan Dix
With peak oil behind us, nuclear generation capacity dwindling, and increasingly daunting looking carbon emissions targets, we are moving to a world where we must consider transitioning to renewable energy sources. Renewables are time varying and their inherent unpredictability must challenge our everyday...

Power law of engagement: Transferring disengaged householders into retrofitting energy savers

Christopher Weeks, Charles Delalonde, Chris Preist
How can we take householders from being disengaged passive energy consumers towards being highly motivated retrofitting energy saving masters In this paper the ”Power law of engagement model for energy saving” is introduced, which breaks down the process of engaging householders into 8 defined stages....

Web for Sustainability: Tackling Environmental Complexity with Scale

Jack Townsend
There are contrasting ways to understand the Web: as global technical infrastructure, the largest ever information construct, and as social new media. Existing communities of ICT for sustainability, such as environmental informatics, Green ICT, and even the more recent sustainable HCI, tend to focus...