In what are termed Living Lab approaches, everyday people are being engaged in the design, implementation and evaluation of initiatives that aim towards improved and reduced energy consumption. The main premise is that participatory and inclusive engagement, often at the level of communities of practice, can lead to more innovative and effective outcomes. Whether through bike to work campaigns, or challenges between peer groups, these Energy Living Lab approaches lead to new and inspirational ideas for challenging energy-intensive activities and changing practices in relation to mobility, cleanliness, and food consumption, among others. This dynamic workshop proposes to share recent examples of Living Lab approaches to energy consumption from Switzerland, presented in the format of a pecha kucha (20 seconds per slide, 20 slides). Following this lively and engaging presentation, a World Café will be hosted to discuss the potential of Energy Living Labs, with the following main inquiries: What other examples of Energy Living Labs can be shared? What are the opportunities and limits of such approaches? How can researchers collaborate with cities to develop Energy Living Labs?
- Marlyne Sahakian, University of Geneva
- Wladyslaw Senn, Director, Terragir énergie solidaire
- Laure Dobigny, University of Geneva
- Corinne Moser, ZHAW, Institute of Sustainable Development
- Matthias Probst, MSc Environmental Sciences ETH. Affiliation: TdLab ETH Zürich