Bran Knowles, Maria Håkansson
It is easy to feel discouraged when doing sustainable HCI (SHCI) research. What have we as a community accomplished? Well, we have done what we set out to do in early musings about the role of HCI in sustainability. We have devised clever solutions for increasing energy efficiency, only to realize that these approaches may instead reinforce a larger system that is ultimately driven toward greater energy usage . We have developed a range of interventions targeting consumer behavior, only to recognize the socially constructed nature of "unsustainable" behaviors, and questioned the impact of work that does not address…
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