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Sustainability Committee

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Introduction

The SIGCHI Sustainability Committee is dedicated to fostering a culture of social and environmental sustainability. Constituted in April 2022, the Sustainability Committee advises the SIGCHI Executive Committee (EC) on actions and policies to improve global ecological well-being through the impact of SIGCHI’s work, along with undertaking activities towards achieving socio-ecological transformation. The Sustainability Committee recognizes that committing to ecological responsibility necessitates an HCI culture that engages with the imaginations of diverse communities and is socially just. Thus, the committee considers the processes and dynamics of globalized development, as variously experienced in different contexts, in considering ecological sustainability. The SIGCHI Sustainability Committee is a part of the SIGCHI EC.

Our vision

  • To significantly reduce all environmental costs of the conferences that SIGCHI supports
  • To promote sustainability at SIGCHI events by developing policies and guidelines
  • To mitigate the local socio-ecological impacts of global HCI activities and propose offsetting measures
  • To embed sustainability as a foundational value of HCI research, design, practice, and education
  • To work on ethically sustainable research guidelines and sustainable HCI curricula

Our activities

  • Announcing the CHI’23 Sustainability chairs
    • Gözel Shakeri (University of Oldenburg, Germany) and Matthew Louis Mauriello (University of Delaware, Delaware, USA) recently joined the CHI2023 planning committee as Sustainability Co-Chairs. Gözel and Matthew are meeting with prior years’ Sustainability Chairs across ACM SIGCHI conferences to learn what works, what does not, and how to make CHI2023 the most sustainable conference yet. In addition to continuing to make progress on past year’s conference successes (e.g., reducing waste, benchmarking carbon costs, promoting ethical and sustainable sourcing), the co-chairs plan to set new agenda items that promote a holistic approach to sustainability at the conference informed by their involvement with SIGCHI which you will hear more about in their future online correspondences. 

Committee Members

Nic Bidwell, Chair

Aalborg University, Denmark and International University of Management, Namibia

Aaditeshwar Seth 

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India

Diego Casado-Mansilla

University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain

Gözel Shakeri

University of Oldenburg, Germany

Jasmine Lu

University of Chicago, Chicago, USA

Jason Jacques

University of St Andrews, Scotland

Jennyfer Lawrence Taylor

Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Matthew Louis Mauriello

University of Delaware, Delaware, USA

Patrick Gage Kelley

Google

Tengxiang Zhang

Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Vishal Sharma

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA

Calls for new members

To ensure the Sustainability Committee comprises people from all geographical regions, we are eager to specifically recruit two more members to represent Latin America and Africa, respectively. To be a part of the Sustainability Committee, please fill in the open call.

Contact

If you have any questions or sustainability-related concerns, we would like to hear from you.
Please contact us by emailing the committee at sigchi-sustain@acm.org. You may also contact the Sustainability Committee Chair at nic.bidwell@gmail.com.