Tech scene: ClimateClever
ClimateClever is an online program that enables schools to reduce carbon emissions associated with electricity, gas, water and waste, save money on utility bills and improve student learning around sustainability, climate change and carbon reduction. Specifically, the software helps schools to calculate, track and compare their carbon footprint. The program is based on years of pilots and research at Curtin University.
The app is currently web-based, and more details can be found at https://climateclever.org/
ClimateClever was founded by Vanessa Rauland, who has worked as a research fellow at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute since November 2013.
“There is a huge opportunity for intergenerational learning as kids take knowledge home to their families. The growing international movement around students striking for climate action clearly demonstrates the timeliness of this,” Vanessa Rauland said.
Over the past four years, more than $500,000 has been invested in the app through research funding, grants and partnerships. More than $150,000 has been spent on app development to date, and the company is currently seeking to raise $500,000 to increase the functionality and scalability of the technology for different sectors.
The program launched nationally in 2018 and the team released a home version of the app in 2019, along with trialling a small business version.