Members of the MIT & Harvard community can contribute to this research on understanding and engaging with our carbon footprints, on & beyond campus.
See below for the invitation to the Spring 2019 pilot challenge.
Download the app, sign in, and answer a few simple questions to get started
For the first 2 weeks, let the app run to automatically track your footprint & tap on a mini-survey in less than 2 minutes a day
For the next 2 weeks, you can see your footprint feedback and compare it with our community's emissions
Get $15 and our gratitude for finishing the challenge, and $30 more if we have a follow-up chat with you
We are seeking student, staff, and related participants for a research study conducted by Professor Chris Zegras and PhD student J. Cressica Brazier from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.).
The purpose of our study is to pilot a smartphone app that helps individuals and communities understand and manage their carbon footprints due to everyday activities. We invite you to help us explore the potential of new digital technologies in sensing and understanding our daily energy use. We anticipate that this study will lead to publicly available tools for community engagement in climate mitigation planning and personal carbon footprinting.
The pilot process consists of:
1. Installing the smartphone app and completing an initial survey (20 minutes)
2. Running the smartphone app to automatically collect a two-week activity diary, then using the app to confirm the daily diary information (a couple minutes a day)
3. Viewing the carbon footprint feedback in the app, while running the app and confirming the diary for another two weeks (a couple minutes a day), then filling out a short follow-up survey (less than 15 minutes)
4. Participants who successfully complete the app pilot will receive $15 Tech Cash or Amazon gift and will be invited to a short interview, for an additional incentive.
Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT
Transportation & Urban Planning
Team Contact (firstname.lastname@example.org)