Information Systems for Environmental Sustainability

IT, Resource Productivity, Environmental Preservation, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Computerizing Green at Oberlin College

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Who’s at the cutting edge of computerizing green? Article in the Times today about Sustainability House at Oberlin.

Creative design ideas for lowering resource use: shower timer, energy Olympics, and my favorite coming in the fall: “24-hour energy-use monitoring system”.

Coming soon to a Facebook wall near you?
“My buddy Juan at Oberlin is averaging a 2-minute shower over the entire semester” says student at UCLA’s GreenHouse. “Can’t we do better?”)

What’s the theme here? Measurement, feedback, and positive reinforcement are key to changing human behavior.

Kudos to David Orr and his course on “environmental design.”

There is hope.


Author: nigelpm

Associate Professor of Information Systems, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan - Helping organizations to navigate digital transformation.

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