UbiGreen

Giving people the tools to reduce resource usage

The UbiGreen project aims to encourage environmental stewardship by combining low-cost sensors, inference, and user feedback to track resource usage and "reward" green behaviors. We are carrying out this work in the context of transportation, energy, and water usage.

UbiGreen Transportation Display

Our first UbiGreen project, the Transportation Display, uses activity inference to display transportation activity information on the background of an individual's mobile phone. The UbiGreen Transportation Display gives people an ambient awareness of their weekly transportation usage and how much CO2 they have saved for the week. The Transportation Display makes people more aware of their transportation patterns and gives them positive feedback when these patterns have less impact on the environment (e.g., walking, biking, or taking public transit). UbiGreen can help people make personal changes that can improve our global environment.

UbiGreen Transportation Display 2.0 YouTube Video

The tree grows leaves and blossoms as the user engages in green transportation activities over the week. The UbiGreen Transportation Display highlights icons representing values related to the green activity (e.g., saving money and getting exercise are side effects of walking.)

Collaborators

Sunny Consolvo
Tawanna Dillahunt
Jon E. Froehlich
Beverly Harrison
Predrag Klasnja
James A. Landay
Jennifer Mankoff

Publications

GroupEnergyTable: An Interactive Tabletop for Energy Conservation GroupEnergyTable: An Interactive Tabletop for Energy Conservation
Katherine Everitt, Peter F. Oven, Shwetak N. Patel and James A. Landay
IEEE Pervasive Computing, 2012. Article (PDF)
The Design of Eco-Feedback Technology The Design of Eco-Feedback Technology
Jon E. Froehlich, Leah Findlater and James A. Landay
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2010. Full Paper (PDF)
    Best Paper Winner
 HydroSense: Infrastructure-Mediated Single-Point Sensing of Whole-Home Water Activity HydroSense: Infrastructure-Mediated Single-Point Sensing of Whole-Home Water Activity
Jon E. Froehlich, Eric Larson, Tim Campbell, Conor Haggerty, James Fogarty and Shwetak N. Patel
International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, 2009. Full Paper (PDF)
    Best Paper Nominee
UbiGreen: Investigating a Mobile Tool for Tracking and Supporting Green Transportation Habits UbiGreen: Investigating a Mobile Tool for Tracking and Supporting Green Transportation Habits
Jon E. Froehlich, Tawanna Dillahunt, Predrag Klasnja, Jennifer Mankoff, Sunny Consolvo, Beverly Harrison and James A. Landay
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2009. Full Paper (PDF)
The Mobile Sensing Platform: An Embedded System for Capturing and Recognizing Human Activities The Mobile Sensing Platform: An Embedded System for Capturing and Recognizing Human Activities
Tanzeem Choudhury, Gaetano Borriello, Sunny Consolvo, Dirk Haehnel, Beverly Harrison, Bruce Hemingway, Jeffrey Hightower, Predrag Klasnja, Karl Koscher, Anthony LaMarca, James A. Landay and Jonathan Lester
IEEE Pervasive Computing, 2008. Article (PDF)
MyExperience: A System for In Situ Tracing and Capturing of User Feedback on Mobile Phones
Jon E. Froehlich, Mike Chen, Sunny Consolvo, Beverly Harrison and James A. Landay
The International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services, 2007. Full Paper (PDF)