Summary: Rebound Effects in Sustainable HCI
Samuel J. Kaufman
Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195 USA
M. Six Silberman
Bureau of Economic Interpretation
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CHI 2011, May 712, 2011, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Much sustainable HCI design research hopes to achieve net
reductions in greenhouse gas emissions via persuasive or
more efficient technologies. This research has shown promis-
ing results. However, the proxies generally used in evaluation
(e.g. less energy or water consumption) may be poor indica-
tors of such systems' effect on emissions because of effects
outside the scope of analysis; in particular, direct and indirect