Saturday, February 9, 2008

Design to inspire conservation

Meet Rocco Avallone, a senior industrial design student at nearby Philadelphia University. His senior thesis is all about presenting personal energy consumption to inspire conservation.

Rocco wants to present energy use in a way that'll inspire us all to be less wasteful. We talked about the Lights Out event in Sydney last March that resulted in a 10.2% reduction on the power grid, as well as the one in San Francisco last October and learnt of the upcoming one this March in major cities around the globe.

We began brain-storming on what would spark community buy-in - a web page with graphs? A street sign or a church steeple that changes color as our demand fluctuates? How can we feel that we're all on this low-carbon diet together? And that the actions each of us takes do make a difference?

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