Along with our friends at the Sustainability Exchange, Jisc is putting together a set of webinars to wrap up some of the salient findings from the Greening ICT Programme.
The first webinar of the series is on the 14th November – and is on the subject of Engaging Users – or “Energy Dashboards are not enough – you need to engage your staff and students to make real impacts on energy use on campus”.
Dr Richard Bull from De Montfort University (Green ICT Category Green Gown winner in 2012) worked on a a series of Jisc funded projects that explored these issues from a socio-technical perspective. Richard’s findings were broadly that, while metering and then displaying energy usage was a useful first step, the real challenge comes in finding ways of designing interventions to connect users up to the ways that their changes in behaviour can affect energy usage.
At Coventry University, Elise Smithson worked with IT colleagues and the students union to investigate the way that game type approaches could be made to work in helping students in university halls of residence understand how much energy they were using and then take responsibility for doing something about it.
The webinar will feature short presentations from these two speakers and will also feature a wrap up of other initiatives that Jisc has funded in this area, with lessons learned. Jisc will also be launching a new guide to improving user engagement on the same day as the webinar.
The webinar is being hosted by the Sustainability Exchange (a HEFCE funded project being run by the EAUC). See:
Further webinars are planned on dates through the rest of this year and early 2014:
- Improving energy efficiency in your data centre – 27/11/13
- Video-conferencing and ‘Greening Events’ – 11/12/13
- Efficient Buildings – 29/1/14
- Reducing Energy Costs – 12/2/14
Check back to the Sustainability Exchange Events page for bookings and further information.