Title

Creating Community-Driven Transparency in Local Government Water and Energy Sectors

Presenter Information

Joel Collum

Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Major

Civil Engineering

Research Advisor

Oerther, Daniel B.

Advisor's Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Funding Source

Mathes Endowment

Abstract

Water and energy are inseparable: water is used to generate most forms of electricity, and energy is needed to obtain, treat, deliver, and dispose of water. We need to recognize and adjust our habits and expectations around the topic of water and energy in order to help ensure a more sustainable future. This research draws on the power of social awareness and crowd reporting to create an interactive, location-based app that allows users to identify, report, and discover water and energy efficient or inefficient points near them. This data can then be compiled and used to inform local governments to keep them accountable for the work they do. It can also be sent to lawmakers to inform the policies they propose and vote on.

Biography

Joe Collum is a senior studying Civil Engineering. He spent 3 years in Engineers without Borders, and helped lead his team to make clean water possible for the people of Tacachia, Bolivia. He plans to pursue a career in water resources, and has a strong interest in water and energy efficiency. In his spare time, he likes to play city-building games, make spreadsheets, and work on his car.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

11 Apr 2016, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Creating Community-Driven Transparency in Local Government Water and Energy Sectors

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Water and energy are inseparable: water is used to generate most forms of electricity, and energy is needed to obtain, treat, deliver, and dispose of water. We need to recognize and adjust our habits and expectations around the topic of water and energy in order to help ensure a more sustainable future. This research draws on the power of social awareness and crowd reporting to create an interactive, location-based app that allows users to identify, report, and discover water and energy efficient or inefficient points near them. This data can then be compiled and used to inform local governments to keep them accountable for the work they do. It can also be sent to lawmakers to inform the policies they propose and vote on.