GAIA, Green Awareness In Action

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GAIA aims at promoting positive behavioural changes within communities regarding energy consumption/awareness, through gamification and educational activities based on real-world data from schools in Italy, Greece and Sweden.

The GAIA project focuses on the educational community: faculty, staff, students and parents at various levels of education: primary / secondary / high schools and universities. Targeting energy efficiency in the context of the educational community is important for a number of reasons:

  1. Raising awareness among young people and changing their behaviour and habits concerning energy usage is key to achieving sustained energy reductions.
  2. Educating children and young people to adopt energy-efficient habits will also indirectly affect their immediate family environment.
  3. Buildings are the pivotal centre of our lives.
  4. Historically, energy expenses in schools have been treated as relatively fixed and inevitable, although significant savings can be carved out for reallocation to needed services, if energy consumption is reduced.

GAIA creates an innovative ICT ecosystem (including Web-based, mobile, social and sensing elements) tailored specifically for school environments, taking into account both the users (faculty, staff, students and ultimately parents through their children) and buildings (primary, secondary and high schools, along with university buildings) that motivate and support citizens' behavioural change to achieve greater energy efficiency. The solutions developed consist of an ecosystem of deployments in the Internet of Things (IoT), services, applications and games focusing on different aspects of sustainability and energy efficiency.


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