Information Systems for Environmental Sustainability

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

Toward a neighborhood resource olympics

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I read in that in drought-plagued Australia, water use is 35 gallons per day per person (gpd). Compare that with the USGS estimate of 80-100 gpd in the U.S.

My water meter pings the city every day, which packages and presents that data to me online. We used 86.5 gpd in the most recent period, despite reductions from one year earlier (I think we had a slow water leak last year that caused this).  Time to buy a shower timer, or limit showers to 3 ipod songs, or something.



Moving to energy, we’re “average“, which is not going to cut it.  

Edit #1: we’re $18 less than the $100 U.S. average.

Edit #2: comment on today’s NYTimes article on home energy efficiency (This Old Wasteful House) says: “improving the body of a home without improving its heart (the human) only goes so far”. Posting resource data may help to improve the human.




Author: nigelpm

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

One thought on “Toward a neighborhood resource olympics

  1. Nigel. I hope that your ipod is water proof, and the other thought is that if you want to save water in the shower, take a shower with a friend. Talk to you soon. Bob

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