Sharing the Future – Growing Sustainable Communities: How can Local Networks help Exchange Information and Support Sustainable Living

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Look around you and think about how you can help your neighborhood become more sustainable. We can share or co-invest in many goods and services with our neighbors, saving resources, making the solutions more affordable, and the results more reliable. Imagine your family wants to install PV. Would it be a good idea to let your community know about that? Maybe together, you can save on costs and add a battery for higher efficiency? What if your neighbor plans to buy an EV and is ready to be your customer to charge his car with truly green power and help you benefit from your project financially. Think about your local community (neighborhood), often connected via some communal facebook or another platform (or a website to communicate, sell/exchange things, report issues/ask questions). What can you integrate into such a platform, e.g., PV+battery cost calculator and annunciator, to support decisions helping economic and environmental sustainability? Can community web pages help with recycling? What other options or tools can be included in community platforms to promote our well-being.

1. What personal (single family-level) decisions may affect the community’s well-being and sustainability?
2. What energy, materials, other resources can be used (or invested in) cooperatively or in coordination with local neighbors?
3. What energy savings, CO2 reduction, and other benefits stem from one family’s decisions or choices?
4. What else is a part of sustainability and may affect our future?
5. What may impede the development of the sustainable community, i.e. why your suggestions or solutions may not work?
6. How do communities differ? Can your proposal work everywhere or suitable only for either a city or a village?
7. How may you need to educate or inform people to make your ideas work?
8. Who shall support a sustainability platform financially or enthusiasm is enough?

Scientific Partner

Supporting Researcher

Svetlana Ikonnikova

Svetlana Ikonnikova is the Associate Professor for Resource Economics at the TUM School of Management and a Research Director at the Center for Energy Markets. Her interests include, but not limited to, the energy markets and the energy transition, new technologies for the economically affordable and environmentally sustainable future. Prof. Ikonnikova is also affiliated with the Center for Energy Economics, the University of Texas at Austin, working on the questions of global energy supply and international energy trade.

Prof. Ikonnikova holds PhD in Economics and Management from the Humboldt University of Berlin, and MS in Applied Physics and Mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. With nearly 20 years of professional experience, Prof. Ikonnikova has numerous publications presenting complex economic models integrating resource characterization and engineering solutions. She works closely with non-economic disciplines to develop a comprehensive understanding of national and international supply networks and energy markets.