Starting on April 6th, we are seeking MIT and Harvard graduate student, staff, family/alumni/friends and related participants for a research study conducted by the Mobile Carbon Footprinting research group at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, 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 study consists of four parts:
1. Installing the smartphone app and completing an initial survey (20 minutes)
2. Running the smartphone app to automatically collect a two-week activity timeline, then using the app to confirm the timeline information (less than 2 minutes a day)
3. Viewing the carbon footprint feedback in the app, while running the app and confirming the activity diary for another two weeks (less than 2 minutes a day)
4. Complete the follow-up survey (10 minutes)
Eligible participants who successfully complete the app pilot will receive a $15 incentive and will be invited to a short interview, for an additional incentive.