Terms of Service
This Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (or Terms of Use, i.e. “Terms”) governs the relationship with users and others who interact with Energy We Need. By using or accessing Energy We Need, you agree to these Terms, as updated from time to time in accordance with Section I below. The table of contents below should guide you through the document; it begins with an Introduction, and ends with Definitions:

A. Elaboration on Inputs
a. Registration Inputs
b. Data Inputs
c. Other Inputs
d. Privacy
B. Elaboration on Outputs
a. Viable Outputs
b. Sub-category Outputs
c. Category Outputs
d. Public Outputs
e. Privacy
C. Data Use Policy
a. There are three instances where Data would/could be shared eventually
b. Viability of Data for Sharing
c. How information received is used
D. Elaboration on Groups
a. Public Groups
b. Private Groups
c. Discussion
E. Sharing Your Content
F. Safety
G. Registration and Account Security
H. Protecting Other People’s Rights
I. Amendments


Energy We Need is a project designed to show people: (1) how to estimate the total energy consumption resulting from their lifestyle choices, (2) how they can reduce their energy consumption by taking various actions, and estimate the effect (savings), (3) show the combined impact of many people’s individual actions (commitments), (4) show what effect this will have to reduce CO2 emissions, and (5) help people to work together and inspire one another to collectively commit to energy reduction through lifestyle changes, and/or alternative energy generation.

The Project is defined as: The attempt to collectively inspire many individual actions to reduce energy-use (accomplished via adjusting individual lifestyles in personal daily life, ex. eating vegetarian instead of meat-eating 5/7 days per week, or taking the train instead of driving your car) by using this publicly available data-management site (“Website”) that: (a) hosts any and all Users agreeing to the terms of use (“Terms”), (b) provides links to sites and articles online, and research material, to inform each User regarding their individual energy-use, (c) enables Users to submit and commit Inputs, and (d) uses said Inputs in Common formulas made available to Users to: (i) generate Outputs that estimate and summarize each User’s approximate daily energy-use, in kWh per day (“kWh”), (ii) convert kWh per day energy-use figures into equivalent units of measure, including but not limited to, grams of kg of CO2, currencies, common products such as burgers, or car-miles/km, or average per-person regional dietary energy-costs, (iii) and sums and calculates the average of “Viable Outputs” from Users, thus generating Public Outputs to show the combined effect of all Users actions to reduce their energy-use.

A. Elaboration on Inputs: This is the information that’s required when you sign up for access to Energy We Need, as well as any and all information you share and/or select on the Website via your Account.
a. Registration Inputs: Information required to sign up for an Account, and thereby to access the Website; currently a valid email address, and password, and perhaps a unique username in order to provide comments.
b. Data Inputs: This is all the information you enter into fields, or select via drop-downs; or estimates that you accept as representative of your lifestyle energy-use.
i. Per Capita Inputs: All average per capita approximations (i.e. “Electricity Generation Source” in Category “Parameters”, and all per capita kWh figures associated with each Sub-category within Category “Public”) which are dependent upon your “Country”, selected from drop-downs in Category “Parameters”, Sub-category “Residence”, will be submitted as Inputs on your behalf if and only if you select a “Country.
ii. Therefore, by virtue of having selected said Input, i.e. “Country”, in Category “Parameters”, Sub-category “Residence”, you:
1. Have reviewed the data-sources, references, and/or calculations (to generate the per capita approximations), available in the information tab for each Sub-category in Category “Public”, and also available via this Per Capita Estimates document for download;
2. Assume (agree to, consent to) ownership of any and all Per Capita Inputs; these figures are now your Inputs, and you assume sole responsibility for those Inputs being representative of your energy-use.
iii. The average per capita approximations proposed for a Users Per Capita Inputs Inputs may be re-calculated at any point in time; if and when this were to happen, Users would be (1) informed/notified via email that average per capita approximations have changed, and (2) remind the User to accept or reject said new approximations, given that the User previously accepted the previous per capita approximation;
1. If the User does not confirm said new per capita approximations within 10 days of receiving the notification that they have changed, the Website will consider this equivalent to accepting (i.e. confirming) said new per capita approximations (i.e. that the User does Assume ownership of any and all Per Capita Inputs).
c. Other Inputs: This includes all information you choose to divulge via posts in any and all groups to which you are member or administrator, as well as any and all information you send to people via the Newsletter feature in groups; at a later time, a fifth major tab will be made available where Users can propose new and/or other methods of energy reduction which, depending on reviews from credible sources (which will be disclosed), will or will not be added to the “Now” page as “Additional Reductions” (as of now this page or tab will be titled “Proposals”).
d. Privacy: All inputs will (i) remain user-anonymous, (ii) not be publicly available, i.e. private to individual Users, (iii) not be published publicly; apart from (iv) using “Country”, “State/Province/Territory”, and/or “City” to display Public Outputs based on said location(s), i.e. “Country”, “State/Province/Territory”, and/or “City” could be used to display Public Outputs based on said location(s).

B. Elaboration on Outputs: All Inputs are used to calculate Outputs, originally in kWh (see: “kWh” definition, i.e. used to denote kilowatt-hour per day).
a. Viable Outputs: Not all Outputs are Viable Outputs. Viable outputs are determined by these rules for automatically including Outputs: Rules for Selecting Viable Outputs from User Outputs.
i. All Outputs associated with each Account, i.e. each individual User, are displayed on the right side of the screen on page “Before”.
b. Sub-category Outputs: The total kWh per day resulting from sub-category activities.
i. Ex. using a computer, showering, or average diet.
ii. These outputs will not made public.
c. Category Outputs: The total kWh per day resulting from all sub-category activities within each category.
i. Ex. the Category “Transport” total kWh per day is the sum of all Sub-category (Car, Train, Flights) kWh per day energy-use;
ii. Only Category Outputs will be made public.
iii. They will only be made public an aggregate or average (of aggregate) basis.
iv. They will not be made public on a per-user basis.
d. Public Outputs: These are the Category Outputs of all Users (i.e. population aggregate, or population average) displayed publicly for all Users to see on the “Summary” page.
e. Privacy: Outputs will remain private to each User, i.e. a User’s Outputs will not be made public on per user-basis. Only Public Outputs will be made public to all Users. This is the case for Groups too; within a Group, only Category Outputs (i.e. Viable Outputs presented by Category) will be made public to said Group.
i. If a User, “User A”, were to start a non-private (i.e. public) Group, “Group C”, and another User, “User B”, were the only other User to join that group, then both Users A or B would be able to determine the other User’s per Category kWh per day energy-use, using (a) their own per Category kWh per day Output values (private to said User), and (b) the Group’s average per Category kWh per day energy-use (currently Users’ A and B), and (c) derive the other User’s per Category kWh per day energy-use.
1. In no other circumstances would it be possible to derive another User’s energy-use.
2. And even in this circumstance: (a) it would be by consent that User A or B creates and/or joins a public Group with only two other Users.

C. Data Use Policy: As of now, Inputs, Outputs, Viable Outputs, or Public Outputs (collectively “Data”) will be used as described in Parts A and B, and in Definitions; all Inputs will be held private apart from using the inputs selected in Sub-categories “City”, “State/Province/Territory”, “Country”, all in Category “Residence”, to sort Public Outputs on a per-location basis (user-anonymity will be insured). There is no plan currently to share or sell Data to any entity or entities (whether for profit or not-for-profit). Furthermore, see part (b) below, “Viability of Sharing Data”.
a. There are three instances where Data would/could be shared eventually: Each of which has different limitations on what Data is shared, and how that Data is shared; the final decision regarding whether data will be shared in every instance below, is at the sole digression of Administrator, regardless of whether an entity satisfies all conditions explicated below.
i. Non-profit: Data could be shared with a non-profit organization or project that is trying to, including but not limited to, (a) promote energy-use reduction (i.e. teach people how to use less energy), (b) promote renewable energy generation, (c) promote resource management (explicitly, to use fewer resources), (d) promote disclosure of hazardous and toxic content of chemicals and or materials used in manufacturing, (e) promote disclosure of toxicity and “pollution-content” (i.e. the amount of pollution created per manufactured good or service) associated with particular manufacturing processes, or (f) promote equitable distribution of resources to communities.
1. Some non-profits are currently “black-listed”, i.e. would not be considered, including but not limited to: (former) International Foundation for the Conservation of Natural Resources (IFCNR), U.S. House Committee on Resources, and The Institute of Cetacean Research.
2. Viable Data, Possibly Viable Data, and Non-Viable Data (conditional upon consent by information and statistic source organizations) could be shared.
3. The non-profit may or may not be charged for the Data shared; quite likely, it will not be charged.
4. For several reasons, it is very possible that a question will be sent out to all Accounts requesting confirmation that Users are willing to let their data be used by a non-profit; this will likely include a description of what the non-profit is going to use the data for. Users that do not consent to letting their Data be provided to said non-profit will not have their data released.
ii. Groups: Data could be shared with a Private Group, distributed to the administrator or members of said Group.
1. This would be conditional upon the Group administrator: (a) making an information request (as of now that feature is not yet available) explaining for what purpose your are requesting the information and how you will use it, combined with one of these two conditions being fulfilled: (b) at least 80% of Users in the Group have to have accepted the information release confirmation request that will be emailed to each User (i.e. Account) associated with the Group, or (c) if less than 20% of Users in the Group have declined sharing their information 10 work-days following the request being sent.
2. Information will be sent/shared to all User of the Group (including the administrator); alternatively, if this were a group for a classroom (the administrator would need to register using an @school.edu email address) it could be sent to the administrator only (although that is not certain yet; it could be optional).
3. Said groups will not be charged for this Data shared.
iii. For-profit Companies/Organizations: Data could be shared with for-profit organizations based on the following conditions (similar conditions would need to be satisfied for an any for-profit company to purchase advertising space on the website, and/or engage in product placement for device/gadget drop-down selections):
1. The entity must have as it’s mission statement, including but not limited to, any or all of the following goals of providing goods and/or services: more energy efficiently (i.e. using less energy), more resource efficiently (i.e. using fewer resources), with limited chemical and/or toxic pollution, with less carbon emissions, and/or with longer life-expectancy of said goods and/or services (i.e. longer usable life).
2. The entity must provide at least 65% of its energy consumed with renewable energy generation sources (whether for electricity, mechanical energy), and have an active and pre-committed plan to provide 95%-100% of its energy consumed with renewable energy by the year 2020;
3. In addition to fulfilling conditions (1) and (2) above, the entity needs to provide documentation (i.e. evidence) to Energy We Need (using an NDA agreement with Administrator) that explicates:
a. The total energy used in very aspect of the business, including but not limited to: (i) total energy used in direct manufacturing or servicing, i.e. cost of goods sold; (ii) total energy used in overheads (ex. General & Administrative, overheads, offices); (iii) if it is an investment firm or bank, or any financial services organization (including but not limited to, hedge funds, fund-of-funds, mutual funds, closed-end investment companies, open-end investment companies, unit investment trusts), it needs to have 75% of its total capital for investment allocated to clean-tech, renewables (excluding biofuel);
b. The average g CO2 per kWh used in all aspects of the business, must be less than 50 (i.e. less than 50 g CO2 per kWh).
c. The total CO2 emissions resulting from every aspect of the business (direct energy used, including the embodied energy of all materials used in manufacturing goods that are sold and/or used in the company and/or service) must be (1) not increasing on an absolute measure, and (2) the ratio of CO2 emissions over earnings (measured in constant-dollar-value, i.e. real-dollar value, or any other constant-currency-value/real-currency-value, or equivalent unit for earnings, ex. other goods/services equivalent in value, all as of August 1, 2013) must be decreasing.
4. The for-profit company may or may not be charged for the Data shared; very likely it will be.

b. Viability of Data for Sharing:
i. Non-Viable Data: Includes Data from Category “Public”, and Sub-category “Electricity Generation Source” in Category “Parameters”. Many sources used to provide approximations (ex. Government or military defense spending for kWh energy-use in Category “Public”, or kWh per kg food item in Sub-category “Independent Foods”) are made available “for informational purposes only” (www.oecd.org); or “for such purposes as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research in which the use is for non-commercial purposes” (www.sipri.org); or the “subscriber and it user(s) may not sell any of the IEA Data” (www.iea.org); and/or contingent upon “fair use” basis, i.e. “(1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes; (2) the nature of the copyrighted work; (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work” (http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#107).
ii. Viable Data (Likely but un-confirmed): Gadgets, Transport, Bathroom, Lighting, Kitchen, Laundry, Cooling, and Heating—is available to be shared.
iii. Possibly Viable Data (Not likely, but yet to be confirmed): Food & Beverage, and Embodied Energy of Stuff—is possibly available to be shared.
iv. Note: No sharing will be performed until the terms of use regarding any and all information and statistics from various sources—that is used in calculations, and is being considered for sharing—is understood and confirmed with representatives from said sources so that no infringements are made regarding information or data that is copyrighted and or released conditional upon other conditions, including but not limited to, fair use policy. What Data is shared will be contingent upon whether an entity is charged for said Data, and vice versa, any charges will be contingent upon what Data is shared.
c. How information received is used: Information received from you will be used in connection with the features provided on the Website;
i. It may also be used:
1. Determine what aspects of the site Users find most engaging, i.e. to measure and understand what aspects Users like, in order to improve other aspects of the site that Users aren’t finding engaging; 2. Inspire creative ways to engage Users;
3. To inform further site improvements, whether through competitions for other developers to develop aspects of the site, such as integrating applications and or other software(s) (ex. online thermostats reading devices, energy tracing software(s) or devices);
4. To provide public updates or displays regarding which Reduction methods Users most like; 5. For internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement.
ii. By accepting (clicking) the Terms (of which this point, and everything in (C) Data Use Policy, is a part), you are allowing Energy We Need and Website to use the Data you provide (all Inputs); this Data received will not be used in any other way except as described in the Terms; furthermore, it is very unlikely that these Terms will change in any significant or meaningful way in the foreseeable future (i.e. over the next 10 years), and if they are modified in any way: Users will be (1) notified via email, and will be (2) informed the next time they login to their Account (requiring them to accept/acknowledge the Terms once more, having provided a summary of any and all changes that have been made.
iii. It is possible that the site will engage in programs to (1) back-up all Data in a non-active state, (2) and then erase all active Data while leaving all Accounts active (i.e. maintaining the Email, Username, and Password of each account), so that all Users will have to re-enter all previously entered Inputs.
1. This may be performed at times when crucial and/or major updates to the Website are being incorporated;
2. This may be performed at bi-annual intervals to promote the idea of Beginning Anew, i.e. of being always beginning;
3. This may be performed for other reasons as yet undefined, at the sole discretion of Administrator. 4. Before performing this action (i.e. deleting all Inputs) the Administrator will notify Users via email.
iv. Deleting your Account: At the moment Users cannot delete their Account; however, Users can delete all Inputs and save those changes. At some point in the future, it may be possible to delete an Account. Note that while Users can delete all Inputs and save those changes, historical Inputs from the month prior (assuming the Account has Inputs from a month back) will be saved in the non-active Database, and may or may not be used and/or shared.