Mobile Carbon Footprinting Project at MIT
To meet our collective climate goals, we need to take action at all levels to reduce carbon emissions, from the international to the personal
A firsthand experience of tracking carbon emissions might give us a different perspective on which strategies we can focus on to facilitate lower-carbon lifestyles. The Mobile Carbon Footprinting app, a research project based in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, has been developed as a tool to help understand and communicate about our collective climate impacts.
Invitation to Participate in Pilot App Study
Mobile Carbon Footprinting: Daily Emissions Feedback via Smartphone Apps
We are seeking participants for a research study conducted at 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.
No specialized knowledge or preparation is required to participate. You will need your own Android or iOS smartphone in order to use our app.
The study consists of three parts:
- Download app and sign up: Install the smartphone app and complete an entrance survey (less than 30 minutes) ·
- Collect data: Run the smartphone app to automatically collect an 11-day activity diary, then use the app to confirm the diary information (less than 2 minutes per day). In the app, you will see which days are included in the study.
- Learn from in-app feedback: View carbon footprinting feedback in the app, while running the app for another 11 days to continue confirming the activity diary (less than 2 minutes per day). Then, complete a follow-up survey (less than 20 minutes)
To download the app
We are asking participants to run the app for 3 to 4 weeks, and you may continue to use the app after the pilot. The pilot program schedule is displayed on the home screen of the app. We will send you a few e-mail announcements along the way, but you will not need to interact with our research team unless you want to. This is a research pilot app, so we thank you in advance for your patience with the app and our team!
Participants who are MIT/Harvard affiliates and who complete the app pilot will receive a $15 incentive, and we may invite you to a short follow-up interview, for an additional incentive of $30.
This study is completely voluntary. You have the right to end your participation at any time. Feel free to ask us any questions using the contact information below, before deciding whether or not to participate.
J. Cressica Brazier
(510) 502-8032, firstname.lastname@example.org