The Green Awareness in Action (GAIA) project focuses on the educational community, faculty, staff, students and parents at various levels of education, from primary and secondary to high schools and universities. Targeting energy efficiency in the context of the educational community is clearly very important due to a number of reasons:
- Raising awareness among young people and changing their behavior and habits concerning energy usage is key to achieving sustained energy reductions
- Educating children and young people to adopt energy-efficient habits will also indirectly affect their immediate family environment
- Buildings are the pivotal center of our lives
- Historically, energy expenses in schools have been treated as relatively fixed and inevitable
GAIA will create 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 eventually parents through their children) and buildings (schools, universities, homes) that will motivate and support citizens’ behavioral change to achieve greater energy efficiency.
GAIA’s consortium includes a mix of private and public school entities, universities and administrative buildings in the educational domain to conduct a well-designed set of trials. It also covers a wide range of important fields, aiding a structured research approach. GAIA includes partners from 5 European countries, aiming for the implementation and testing of a pan-European approach, a mix that will guarantee a better match of the constructed solutions to the actual differences in lifestyle and behaviours related to the different cultures, as well as different requirements dictated by the variance in the physical environment.
Find out more about the GAIA project: http://gaia-project.eu