Proceedings of EnviroInfo and ICT for Sustainability 2015

Session: ConverStation III

13 articles

40 Gbps Access for Metro networks: Implications in terms of Sustainability and Innovation from an LCA Perspective

Reza Farrahi Moghaddam, Yves Lemieux, Mohamed Cheriet
In this work, the implications of new technologies, more specifically the new optical FTTH technologies, are studied both from the functional and non-functional perspectives. In particular, some direct impacts are listed in the form of abandoning non-functional technologies, such as micro-registration,...

A survey on application of maturity models for smart grid: Review of the state-of -the-art

Mathias Uslar, Julia Masurkewitz
More and more different organizations are necessarily being involved in realizing the Smart Grid, but each of them has to fulfill a different role concerning the overall transition. Stakeholders from the transmission and from the distribution layer must be considered. Deriving from this, a large variety...

A Taxonomy of Motivational Affordances for Meaningful Gamified and Persuasive Technologies

Paul Weiser, Dominik Bucher, Francesca Cellina, Vanessa De Luca
Sustainable human-computer interaction is investigating the role of persuasive and gamified technologies in encouraging people to engage in a more sustainable lifestyle. Motivation is a key requirement for behavior change, yet many persuasive systems do not sufficiently account for motivational aspects....

Breaking Barriers on Reuse of Digital Devices Ensuring Final Recycling

David Franquesa, Leandro Navarro, David L´opez, Xavier Bustamante, Santiago Lamora
Digital Devices or Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) are scrapped at an alarming rate instead of being salvaged, fixed, and reused. For the reuse sector to flourish, donors, receivers, and reuse centers need services and technologies to gain effectiveness, efficiency, and traceability to reach...

Digital Taxonomy for Sustainability

Jack H. Townsend
Previous strategic analyses of the field of ICT for sustainability (ICT4S) have often underplayed the role of ICTs in linking large numbers of people, in shaping and transferring ideas, and also the range of sustainability effects that ICTs can cause. The Digital Taxonomy for Sustainability (

Exploring (un)sustainable growth of digital technologies in the home

Oliver Bates, Carolynne Lord, Bran Knowles, Adrian Friday, Adrian Clear, Mike Hazas
HCI and Ubicomp research often centres around the support of humans interacting with digital technology. Despite this obvious focus, there seems to be less work on understanding how these digital technologies can lead to growth in use, dependence, and influence practices in everyday life. In this paper...

A Strategy for Research on Governing the Anthropocene

Rolfe A. Leary, Vivian Kvist Johannsen
We present a hierarchical triangular framework to guide Anthropocene governing research. We lay out basic system levels and inter-relations. We include a ‘human’ level, and address the different affects human activities are exerting on the other levels and interrelations. We point out that in more recent...

ICT practices in smart sustainable cities - In the intersection of technological solutions and practices of everyday life

Miriam Börjesson Rivera, Elina Eriksson, Josefin Wangel
ICT, information and communications technology, has radically transformed our world and is now an inextricable part of what it means to live a normal life as a citizen, at least in high income countries. This has led to a situation where ICT has become so taken for granted that it has lost its visibility....

Investigation into the slow adoption of retrofitting - What are the barriers and drivers to retrofitting, and how can ICT help

Christopher Weeks, Charles Delalonde, Chris Preist
In this paper we explore a number of reasons for the slow adoption of energy efficiency measures by householders. We use primary research collected over a two month longitudinal trial to define a number of the core barriers and drivers to retrofitting. The trial logged participants who were interested...

On fairness & sustainability: Motivating change in the networked society

Somya Joshi, Teresa Cerratto Pargman
Caught between the infinite promise unleashed by technology proliferation and the unprecedented scale of resource depletion, waste and inequity, we inhabit a space where critical alternatives are sought more than ever. As a reflection of the above, we find in HCI, a slant towards technological quick-fixes...

Potentials of energy consumption measurements in office environments

Timo Jakobi, Gunnar Stevens
Reducing energy consumption is one of the most pursued economic and ecological challenges concerning societies as a whole, individuals and organizations alike. At the same time, advances in ubiquitous computing now allow for comprehensively measuring energy consumption in close detail. Still, few studies...

Self-organizing demand response with comfort-constrained heat pumps

Christian Hinrichs, Michael Sonnenschein, Adam Gray, Curran Crawford
The increasing pervasion of information and communication technology (ICT) in the power grid motivates innovative research towards intelligent system control. Especially against the background of the growing share of renewable generation, novel approaches that mitigate e. g. grid expansion costs are...

Sustainability Begins in the Street: A Story of Transition Town Totnes

Xinning Gui, Bonnie Nardi
Recent scholarship in sustainable HCI has called for research beyond change at the individual level. This paper aims to contribute to research on community-level sustainable practices. We report an ethnographic study of the Transition movement, a global social movement encouraging sustainability. We...