As we aim to take a proactive approach at preserving one of our most valuable resources, our environment, we turn to another valuable resource for solutions. Data. Our response to the current climate is to create an app we call Well Bee-ing, Powered by Open Data, tools, and individual actions.
The approach used by this app is unique in that it fosters change by elevating three types of power: whole power (connecting and magnifying strengths and resources across an entire system) Way power: developing specific pathways to reach a goal and make dreams a reality, and will power: through persuing goals through dedication and sustained motivation to achieve new possibilities.
Well Bee-ing also provides reference points for the individual and government to see progress in our ecological footprint, carbon emissions, air quality, water usage, and waste production. We do not know of other apps which connect individuals and government to work so dedicatedly on their ecological wellbeing.
We did analyses of multiple open data sts like City of Ballarat waste datasets. These helped us identify patterns waste production and enery usages. We build spatial visualisations for understanding where there are under-served areas for waste collection (e.g. public litter bins) and analysing trends in gross waste volume.
We used open tools like Ecological Footprint finder from World Wildlife Foundation and Water Wise from Water Corp
We built image classification AI / ML models to identify trash that can be recycled at home , trash like styrofoam that needs to go to recycle center and trash that cannot be recycled
Description of Use
Data was used to create a Google Maps heatmap overlay of average pollution data, updated for time of day. Users are able to view the pollution heatmap for the current time overlayed on any directions they require and can then choose the route that exposes them to the least amount of pollution.
Description of Use
Create a map overlap of the public (landfill) litter bins for the City of Ballarat. This overlay sits on top of other analyses of waste data for the area. This provides additional insight into areas that are more or less well-served in terms of waste disposal facilities.
People are increasingly aware of the problems with plastics and want to ‘do their bit’ but how do we increase engagement in Plastic Free July? Using data and IT-based solutions, how can we increase both geographical update and reach a wider demographic (particularly more men)?
How might we combine data with modern technologies - such as AI/ML, IoT, Analytics or Natural Language interfaces - to better our public transport services. Outcomes could take the form of new commuter experiences, reduced environmental impact, or helping plan for the future.
Our residents and businesses produce, consume, and dispose of waste every day.
Many residents are unaware of what happens to their waste once it enters a bin or simply don't care.
How might we use data to empower and educate our community about their waste?