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Share or waste?: Using an ICT-platform to share food on a university campus
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Strategic Sustainability Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1451-4187
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Strategic Sustainability Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1665-3810
Dept. of Computer Science and Media Technology, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.
2019 (English)In: CEUR Workshop Proceedings, CEUR-WS , 2019Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Considering that food production for human consumption has a large environmental impact, food waste is major challenge for sustainable development. Although food waste occur at all phases in the food supply chain, private consumption has been identified as a major phase of food waste generation. Intervening at this phase provides an opportunity of change. The article reports the testing of a digital prototype designed to facilitate for employees and students at a university campus to share food. A representative group tested the prototype and associated food sharing activities for two weeks. At the closing of the test period they filled in a questionnaire evaluating their experience. Twenty-three responses were obtained showing that twelve people used the prototype for collecting food, whereas nine used it for sharing their food. Six people did both. Main reasons for not collecting food included lack of time, unavailability of shared food in their proximity and inaccessibility of spaces where food was located. Main reasons for not sharing food were that they lack of food to share, lack of time, and that sharing was possible without the prototype. General conclusions from the study are that people will use a digital service for sharing food in the workplace if there is a critical mass of users and if an effective organization of sharing and collecting food is provided.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
CEUR-WS , 2019.
Series
CEUR Workshop Proceedings, E-ISSN 1613-0073 ; 2382
Keywords [en]
Digital devices, Environmental impact, Food supply, Supply chains, Critical mass of users, Digital prototype, Digital services, Food production, Food waste, Human consumption, ICT platforms, University campus, Sustainable development
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Environmental Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-262434Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85067806254OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-262434DiVA, id: diva2:1367550
Conference
6th International Conference on ICT for Sustainability, ICT4S 2019, Lappeenranta, Finland, 10-14 June 2019
Note

QC 20191104

Available from: 2019-11-04 Created: 2019-11-04 Last updated: 2019-11-04Bibliographically approved

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