Sustainable Innovation


Green ICT Student Contest by SFR and Fondaterra
April 6, 2010, 10:47 pm
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Fondaterra – French NGO for Sustainable Territories  – and French Telecom Operator SFR have launched a Student Contest for Innovative new ICT concepts. Students were asked to come up with solutions that contribute to a more Sustainable Campus. Among the concepts presented were those that attack the energy and food waste in and around universities, as well as encourage public transport and sharing privately owned cars.

The Green ICT Campus Challenge of SFR & Fondaterra

Eight nominated teams from business and technological universities presented their new ICT solutions. Despite the fact that the ICT concepts were not always revolutionairy from a technological viewpoint, using mostly existing technology such as Internet, Social Networks, smartphones and RFID, the jury was happy to welcome the new applications and new domains and the positive effects this would bring to the environmental and solidary spirit on the campus.

Representatives of French industry, NGOs, journalist, public sector and scientists took part of the jury: Herve le Treut (Professor Mechanical Engineering at CNRS), Dorothée Briaumont of Comité 21 (which is the French national program of public sustainable development) Anne Dubosc, (MEEDM), Yolaine de la Bigne (Journalist & Founder of Neoplanete Magazine), Sylvie Faucheux (Head of French University Presidents), Fabrice Haiat (President of Vizelia) Marie Françoise Guyonnaud (Director Fondaterra) and Catherine Moulin (Director Health and Environment at SFR).

The ‘Ligne Verte’ concept was the winner of ‘Prospective Concepts’. Architecture and City Development students Florian Launay and Ilann Raugé study at the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Bretagne in Rennes. They want to associate the ‘recycling act’ with ‘public transport’ to reinforce sustainable behaviour : by placing waste baskets at metro, bus and train stations that measure the waste that is properly selected (plastic, paper, metal), students gain ‘waste credits’ which can be transfered into public transport tickets. An interesting thought : create value with waste ..

Visual of Ligne Verte Concept, copyrights at Ilann Rougé and Florian Launay, students of ENSA Bretagne

The ‘Eco-Sapiens’ won one of the two 1st prices in the category ‘Operational Concepts’. Frank Ducceschi, student Economical Analyses and Risk Management at of the Université de Versailles Saint-Quention explains how 50% energy reduction can be gained when university rooms are more carefully heated. University rooms are only used 62% of the time on average. By using RFID and laser to identify peoples presence, and the warmth creation by human bodies, over 50% energy consomption can be reduced. To the university of Versailles this can mean a reduction of 1,4 M euro per annum or 1920 T CO2, equivalent to the energy consomption of 300 French households.

The other first prize winner was the ‘Green Cantines ‘ concept of students from the Ecole Superieure de Gestion Sidi Sakho, Christine Du, Mehdi Terbeche and Guillaume Ralue. The objective of the students is to reduce the enormous amount of food thrown away by the university cantines. [Note that French students are used to enjoy a warm and proper 3-course lunch]. By using the current logistic ICT platform and ‘on demand’ information to be created by students, the student estimate to reduce over 50% of the current food waste. Note that the 3000 students of the Campus will be asked to log on weekly to the restaurant intranet website to ‘set reservations’. In return for their efforts, they will get a reduced rate… A pilot is in preparation to test the operational feasability and willingness of students and staff to participate is in preparation.

Green Canteen wants to reduce wasted food in university canteens with 50% (photo credits by Mrs Green, myzerowaste.com)

The ESSEC MBA students Gary Cohen and Alexandre Grandremy presented another innovative project. Cohen and Grandremy attack the issues ofe overcharged parking lots at ESSEC university campaus, lack of proper public transport between the campus and the city of Paris. The Students have developed the concept ‘DEways’. DEways is based on the concept of borrowing privately owned cars within social networks (‘friends of friends’). A proper car-assurance has not been forgotten (Macif Excellence – extensive tourist assurance). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8IUrpA9J5A. The MBA students are preparing a pilot in the course of April, to start with the 30 ‘friends of friends’ that have already committed to participate.

DEWays : using social networks and multi-user Car assurance for a system to borrow and lend privately owned cars

The Contest has been organised by Fondaterra and Telecom Operator SFR as a part of their strategy to encourage the development of sustainable technologies and behaviour. Fondaterra (‘Fondation Européenne pour des Territoires Durables’) has been created in 2004 and promotes R&D in sustainble development in territories. At present, the Association counts 80 public and private members, of which universities, territory representatives, large French groups (Suez, EDF, Véolia Environnement, Dexia..) and NGOs (Eco Maires, Terre et Cite Pro Natura). SFR (‘Société Française de Radiotéléphonie’) is the 2nd French telecom operator partly owned by the international operator Vodafone and servicing business and consumer market with mobile, broadband and television services. SFR is actively engaging for a more green, secure and solidairy world ‘Plus Vert, Plus Sur et Plus Solidair’. Among the actions undertaken are electronic billing, ecological design of the new TV decoder boxes, energy management measures and a new environmental indicator-sticker on mobile phones that following a life cycle analyses.


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