Final Project Report
Posted: Wed, 04 Jul 2012
I wanted to let you that we've finally completed our Greenview Project Report. The key findings and background are below in the extract from the executive summary - you can download the full report from our website - just go to "Documents" and click on final project report. Please get in touch if you require any more info.
Greenview followed on and built on the successful DUALL project, funded by phase 1 of JISC's Greening ICT call. DUALL utilised a socio-technical solution to the design of a simple web based information-feedback tool that could report electrical consumption of ICT equipment back to users. Greenview aimed to refine the ICT tool further into a more sophisticated smart phone application that would connect staff and students in De Montfort to the energy consumption of their buildings. We succeeded in developing an iPhone 'app' which was launched in March 2012. The app visualises energy use in buildings on De Montfort University campus. It presents the buildings as habitats for endangered species, providing a fun and engaging way to look at how we can look after our environment. The app provides real-time data through meter readings provided on a half-hourly basis, and with the inclusion of graphical data options, appeals to the range of preferences individuals have for viewing and interpreting data.
The following general conclusions are made:
- Greenview and its predecessor (DUALL) have shown both the need to move beyond linear quantitative approaches to presenting information on energy and sustainability that is fun, creative and engaging.
- Without senior commitment and sincere staff engagement and collaboration mere information provision in the form of dashboards are impotent.
Specifically, for the Greenview app we found:
- Overall the participants found the tool user friendly, fun and visually attractive, however, the need for it be more intuitive and interactive, with the provision of guidance for users to help them behave differently with regard to energy use, were key recommendations.
- Subject to further funding becomes available then we intend to address these valuable observations. This over time will also lead to a gradual shift in attitudes, habits and practices, with a shift towards a more sustainable, energy saving culture in the University.
- There is a need for a web-based as well as (or instead of) smart phone accessibility
- There is a greater need to clearly communicate energy use using colour coding: red, amber and green traffic lights coding and arrows to show whether usage has moved up or down and communicating energy excesses and savings in units that are relevant and easily understandable to the user
- The need for two-way feedback and communications and increased links with social media.