Online and connected: Creating a Sustainable Campus using Apps (Part 3) – Business Schools

Online learningIn this series of blogs focusing on using apps to help make the campus more sustainable, we have looked at a range of resources from increasing efficiency to making your travel plans more sustainable. In this last part we look specifically at the Business School and how it could benefit from exploring the potential of apps and their use in creating more sustainable campuses and more responsible leaders.

Many of the apps currently available for MBA students are aimed at helping them be better students. There are countless apps like this. AlarmClock helps them get up in time for class. GroupMe helps study groups organize a time and a place to get together to work. ITranslate has voice conversion and dictionaries for a range of languages to help students get through their language classes or speak with fellow classmates. LinkedIn app helps students network.

There are also a handful of business schools, such as Columbia Business School, who are producing new aps that help prospective students go through the application process. Other schools have apps that help students understand the range of services on campus. INSEAD has developed three apps, Life@Insead enables staff and students to find and rate information on life around the campus, INSEAD Institutional app provides information about what is happening on campus in real time and Mobile Connect is an app specifically for INSEAD Alumni.

The next step is for business schools to look at developing a range of apps that focus on enabling their particular campus to move forward in sustainability.

  • Apps that help to embed sustainability into teaching by providing a range of links, videos, papers or discussion board to start or continue discussions based on the topic.
  • Apps that brings together the range of different sustainability projects, programmes, courses, events on campus with a calendar that allows students to schedule which ones they want to take part in and make suggestions.
  • Companies such as SAP are looking at how employees can see the ecological footprint that they have at work, compare it with others at work and find ways to reduce it. Why not create something similar for students and staff on campus?
  • Apps for students to know what is happening on campus in terms of sustainability, what they can do to take part and give them the chance to provide inputs and rank sustainability initiatives.
  • Apps to share results of sustainable related research or surveys undertaken by the university in order to make them accessible to a larger audience.
  • Business schools can also look at organizing their own “hackathons” to develop apps. These are events where computer programmers and graphic designers come today for a day or a weekend to create new apps.

What apps do you use in your business school? Have you developed any apps to help drive your sustainability efforts? Share your experiences in the discussion board.

Online and connected: Creating a Sustainable Campus using Apps – (part 2)

Online learningOrganizations around the world, from business to NGOs to individuals, are creating apps for smart phones. These mobile apps enable people to connect to networks, get access to real time data, receive feedback and understand information in a visual way.

Although these apps are not focused specifically on university campuses, they are easily used in green campus initiatives. In the first part of this series we looked at apps that help reduce paper, water, energy and waste. Here we look at apps dedicated to procurement, motivation, travel and sustainable cities. To finish off, next week we’ll discuss some thoughts on what business schools can do to meet these challenges.

Motivation

Go Green provides one tip a day on how to be more green. Green Me lists up to five ways you can be more environmentally friendly daily. iGrowit gives information on what vegetables are good to plant right now and gives tips on how to grow your own garden.  Everybody Walk App helps individuals develop personalized walking plans, connect with walking communities and learn the latest fitness trends.

Procurement

National Green Pages in the US is a listing of thousands of businesses that have made commitments to sustainable principles. Similar apps are available in a range of other countries and communities. GoodGuide provides health, environmental and social performance ratings for a range of consumer products.  The Seafood Watch app provides recommendations for ocean-friendly seafood at your favorite restaurants and stores. Locvaore gives in season, local food options and provides links to farmer’s markets.

Travel

FleetMatics lets you track your company vehicles (cars, trucks etc.) to help control fuel costs and maximize the efficient use of your vehicles. GreenMeter computes your vehicle’s power and fuel use, and evaluates your driving to increase efficiency. Green Travel Choice allows you to see the greenhouse gas emissions that are generated by your journeys, using nine typical modes of transport, such as planes, subways and cars of various sizes. GreenGlobe App search for sustainable resorts, hotels, conference centers, attractions, tour experiences and TripSketch Green Book provides options for eco-friendly restaurants around the world. Bike Pooling is looking to make cities more bike friendly by forming “car pools” for bikers by connecting you with others who are making a similar bike commute each morning. If you have an extra room you are willing to rent to students or travellers you can post it on airbnb which will connect you with individuals looking for a room.

Sustainable Cities

Pollution provides information about local pollution sources. AirNow gives real time air quality information for wherever you are including air quality forecasts for both ozone and fine particle pollution. Ecological Urbanism provides a range of examples from around the world of urban sustainability projects.

What apps do you use in your business school? Have you developed any apps to help drive your sustainability efforts? Share your experiences in the discussion board.

Online and connected: Creating a Sustainable Campus using Apps – (part 1)

OnlineOrganizations around the world, from business to NGOs to individuals, are creating apps for smart phones. These mobile apps enable people to connect to networks, get access to real time data, receive feedback and understand information in a visual way.

Although these apps are not focused specifically on university campuses they are easily used in green campus initiatives. In the first part of this three part series we will look at apps that help a campus reduce paper, water, energy and waste.

Reducing Paper

WorldCard Mobile allows cell phone users to use their phone to take a picture of business cards picked up at academic events and translate them into the phone’s contacts. TurboScan turns your phone into a scanner for documents, receipts and other items.  MailStop Mobile lets you take pictures of junk mail you don’t want to receive and provides help take you off those mailing lists.

Reducing Water

My Water Diary allows you to track your water usage over a week and aim to reduce your consumption. Waterprint lets you calculate your water footprint. Drip Detective shows you how much water and money is being lost from a water leak. Daily Water Free reminds you at various times every day to drink water to ensure that you are drinking enough water.

Building/Energy Efficiency

Sustainable Facilities Mobile brings together sustainable building and workplace design guidance to make it easy to identify sustainable practices and evaluate options for implementing them in renovation projects. JouleBug is a game that organizes energy-saving tips into achievements, motivating players to live more sustainably. Light Bulb Finder turns your phone into a light bulb expert which helps you to identify any light bulb and provides options for more sustainable options. Offset4Poor helps you to not only measure your carbon footprint but also offers the choice to offset your emissions by paying for carbon saving work projects.

Recycling on campus

iRecycle helps find local, convenient recycling opportunities for over 350 materials. Aluminate allows you to track the aluminum cans you have recycled and where you can go to recycle them. Some businesses provide web-based programmes to engage consumers and small businesses in recycling and provide apps to help them keep track of their status such as Recyclebank and Opower. GreenCan helps users locate the nearest public recycling bin for a range of different items such as organics or electronics.

What apps do you use in your business school? Have you developed any apps to help drive your sustainability efforts? Share your experiences in the discussion board.

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