Share and Share Alike: New Applications for Collaboration & Resource Optimization
The Greene Space (44 Charlton St., Manhattan)
$10 for students in advance
Many of our 2012 Clean Energy Connections panels have focused on using new, cleaner energy sources like wind and solar, or ways that we can reduce consumption through energy efficiency measures and government policies. However, a new trend has emerged in concert with advances in social technology that approaches the issue in a whole new way: resource sharing, aka “Collaborative Consumption.”
Case in point: the average power drill purchased for a home only gets used 6 to 13 minutes in its lifetime (source). Engineering ways to encourage shared use of one drill would reduce the need for drills to be manufactured, therefore conserving resources and mitigating waste.
That simple concept could be the next great revolution in how we do business. Companies like AirBnB and Zip Car are leading the way, using technology to develop models that facilitate sharing, trading and social interaction while mitigating net consumption. While these businesses may not be focused on sustainability as an end goal, the work they’re doing is reducing resources with amazing efficiency.
Join us as we talk to companies that are using this model and as we explore how sharing and collaborative consumption could be the best thing to happen to the discussion around energy.
The panel discussion is a featured event of Solar One and NYC ACRE at NYU-Poly’s cleantech panel discussion series, Clean Energy Connections.