Proceedings of EnviroInfo and ICT for Sustainability 2015

Session: ConverStation II

11 articles

Toward Collaborative LCA Ontology Development: a Scenario-Based Recommender System for Environmental Data Qualification

Akkharawoot Takhom, Mitsuru Ikeda, Boontawee Suntisrivaraporn, Thepchai Supnithi
This paper describes a collaborative approach to ontology development for data qualification for life cycle assessment by taking into consideration the Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) and Data Quality Indicator (DQI). The developed ontology is integrated with rule-based knowledge, to provide userdefined policies...

Energy demand of workplace computer solutions - A comprehensive assessment including both end-user devices and the power consumption they induce in data centers

Ralph Hintemann, Klaus Fichter
The number of Internet-enabled end-user devices such as personal computers, notebooks, tablets, smartphones, etc. is increasing constantly. However, since the devices themselves are becoming ever more energy-efficient, their overall energy consumption in the use phase of their life cycle seems to be...

Energy matters in buildings: Individual and collective issues

Marie Denward, Annelise De Jong, Rebekah Olsen
The CELSIUS project is an EU funded demonstrator project that aims to facilitate the distribution, deployment and operation of smart district heating and cooling solutions across Europe, while at the same time supporting cities in the development of trustworthy, affordable and low carbon heat supply...

Energy saving at work - and when not working! Insights from a comparative study

Timo Jakobi, Gunnar Stevens
Reducing energy consumption is one of the most pursued economic and ecologic challenges concerning societies as a whole, individuals and organizations alike. While politics start taking measures for energy turnaround and smart home energy monitors are becoming popular, few studies have touched on sustainability...

Big Data for Big Problems-Climate Change, Water Availability, and Food Safety

Walter Armbruster, Margaret MacDonell
Agriculture and the food supply chain face big problems related to climate change, water availability and food safety that challenge the ability to provide safe and affordable food security for the burgeoning world population. Applying data analytics to improve agricultural productivity involves a number...

A systematic review of environmentally conscious product design

Zhongkai Li, Jorge Marx Gómez, Alexandra Pehlken
Recently environmentally conscious product design (ECPD) is highlighted by research community, because of the global conscious about low carbon emission and sustainable development. ECPD cares about the environmental, social and economic impacts of products during their life cycle phases, with the destination...

Distanciation: a key challenge for 21st Century conservation

Leticia Margarita Ochoa-Ochoa, Sandra Nogué, Rafa Devillamagallón, Richard J. Ladle
It can be observed that, when faced with news of environmental crises such as the impacts of climate change, many people increasingly express detachment or even denial. Given the fundamental importance of public participation in conservation action, it is clearly important to understand how this situation...

Education and Health in ICT-futures: Scenarios and sustainability impacts of ICT-societies

Luciane Aguiar Borges
This study explores the performance of the education and health sectors in relation to five ICT futures for Sweden in 2060. The accessibility, affordability, quality and efficiency of these sectors influence the creation and maintenance of essential collective values such as democracy and justice; consequently...

The EcoPanel - designing for reflection on greener grocery shopping practices

Ulrica Bohné, Jorge Luis Zapico, Cecilia Katzeff
While the purchases of organic food are increasing rapidly, it accounts for only a small fraction of the total consumption, and there is still a big gap between consumer values awareness and the actual consumption. This article explores how detailed personal feedback could help the households to gain...

Educating for ICT4S: Unpacking sustainability and ethics of ICT student intakes

Samuel Mann, Mike Lopez, Dobrila Lopez, Nell Smith
A key focus in transforming the profession of ICT to one of contributing to a sustainable future is the education of students who may think and act as sustainable practitioners in computing. An important understanding in this is the relationship between ethics and sustainability in the student intake....

Understanding climate change tweets: an open source toolkit for social media analysis

Diana Maynard, Kalina Bontcheva
Collective awareness about climate change is an ongoing problem because there is such a wealth of information available, which can be confusing, contradictory and difficult to interpret. In order to help citizens understand environmental concerns, and to help organisations better inform and target interested...