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Abroad in Barcelona Webpage- Save the World While Saving Your Wallet

1. What

I have created a Facebook page that will help students by giving them tips on how to save money and save the environment all at once. This will be an interactive web page so other students can add their tips as well. I will add different links or different ideas every 2 weeks so students can learn more about the harm they cause to the environment and how they can prevent that in a cost effective way.

2. Why this action makes things more sustainable?


The way this Facebook page is helping improve the sustainability of IES Abroad Barcelona is by implementing knowledge to the IES Abroad students on a website that most of them look all day, every day. I have made this into an interactive web page, an eco-effective knowledge base with the incentive of saving money that most students care a lot about. There are many students that are in the IES abroad program who have commented on posts and have responded with the posts I sent to them. This has allowed for the page to be interactive between students and myself and the information I have shared.

There are many environmentally harmful things Barcelona students do on a day to day basis that they don't realize have a very negative long-term effect. One that is seen all of the time are plastic water bottles. Many students don't realize that the tap water is safe to drink and that using plastic water bottles every day and then throwing them away is very unsustainable. This will be the first 2 week's theme. I have post on the page links and photos explaining the harm of plastic water bottle use.

Many students don't know that plastic is not biodegradable so when a plastic bottle is thrown into the trash, it will sit in a landfill for years and have terrible effects on the environment. "According to a 2001 report of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), roughly 1.5 million tons of plastic are expended in the bottling of 89 billion liters of water each year" (allaboutwater.org). These bottles also cannot be burned because the fumes that are excreted from burning plastic are terrible for the air we breath and the ozone layer with greenhouse gases. Many students also don't realize that re-using plastic water bottles can be very harmful to their health. "When it comes to Bisphenol A (BPA) exposure from polycarbonate plastic bottles, it's not whether the container is new or old but the liquid's temperature that has the most impact on how much BPA is released, according to University of Cincinnati (UC) scientists" (sciencedaily.com). If a plastic water bottle has a warm liquid inside of it, like when a water bottle is left in the sun or in a hot car, the BPA will melt into the water and if drank by someone, is very harmful to their health. So overall, plastic water bottles are harmful to both people and the environment and buying reusable water bottles is significantly more eco-effective. Also, buying more and more plastic water bottles everyday adds up in comparison to the one time purchase of buying one reusable water bottle.

Another problems IES students don't realize hurts the environment and their wallets is wasteful energy use. This will be the next 2 weeks theme. Many students come here and live in apartments and leave their televisions, lights, blow dryers, toasters, and many other appliances either on or plugged in wasting energy and their money. "So-called vampire appliances stay awake all night, every night, sucking up an average of 5% of the monthly electric bill" (yourfinishrichplan.com). This really sucks up energy and money and I personally never knew this information and have started to change my own habits from this which I hope to help the other students do as well.

The last 2 week's theme on the page will be public and active modes of transportation. I personally do not know how to use the bus system in Barcelona and would love it if there was a website that I could go to that would show me how. This week I will add links and explanations on the public modes of transportation in Barcelona. I have also added links on the positive affects of walking for exercise that costs nothing. Many people don't realize that walking improves your heart, lungs, bones, muscles, growth of children, and the feeling of well-being. It is one of the best modes of transportation and giving people the incentive of how good it is for you will hopefully give student the urge to do it. This will be saved for the last few weeks since it is the warmest outside and students have been here and would feel most comfortable walking around the city.

By having these three themes for the students uses, by the end of the semester, they will have learned how to be more sustainable, how to be more eco-effective, and how to save money while doing all of this abroad in Barcelona.

3. SWOT Analysis


Strengths

Students will learn how to be sustainable both in Barcelona and when they go back home from reading the web page.

Students will save money if they follow what the web page's advice gave them.

Facebook is a very commonly used web page and would be easy for almost all students to access and read.

Weaknesses

Students could not read the web page and the project would be a waste of time.

The web page might not reach everyone and only will have a select audience who belong to Facebook and who participate with it.

I am not a teacher and other students might be see me as a credible source and would not be interested to check out the web page.

4. Opportunities


This could influence the students to go beyond what the three themes are and do more to be environmental when they see what little things that can go that go a long way.

This could really help the environment over time and decrease the ecological footprint that IES students have when they come to Barcelona.

From all of the comments that were made, it is clear that students have seen this page and might decide to change a lot more habits they didn't even think about.

5. Threats


There could be too much information and students could be lazy and not want to read the links.

Students could get distracted by being on Facebook and leave the page to look at other things instead.

Students could add information to the page that could be false or inappropriate.


5.1. Feedback loops


Reinforcing loop- The web page is created, students see the web page, they show their other friends the web page expanding the audience, and in turn making the project effective and worth while, influencing others to spread their sustainable knowledge over the web as well to continue to cycle.

Many students have seen this page and commented on it so the loop has already begun.


Potential Benefits

The potential benefits of this Facebook page would be a positive change for the environment that is both short term and long term. It helps students become eco-efficient by changing their habits and not just postponing the damage, but fighting it for the environment. And helping IES students save money while living in this expensive city.

5.2. Potential Costs


The potential costs of this website is time. It will take up a lot of my time to look up this information, make sure it is legitimate and then post it on the web page. I will also have to edit if other students post on the page and make sure what they added is also legitimate information.

5.3. How

The page has been created and all of the topics have been completed and have been seen by many students in IES and outside of it. The complete facebook page has been copied to an PDF so you can see what the page looks like without having to deal with all of the Facebook nonsense. I have kept up this page throughout the weeks and each of the three topics has been successful in showing students how to save the world while saving their wallets. There have been pictures, videos, articles, and comments that have by seen by many and the sustainable chain has been linked through them. This way, although the website will come to an end, the knowledge passed on has not.

5.4. "Cradle to Cradle" design

Although this project will end and I will go home making this project my "trash", the knowledge passed onto other students will make theirs treasure. It's like giving hungry person a fish or teaching them how to fish. This way, although the website can't be sustained through me forever, it will be sustained through the students that have seen it or accessed it over the past weeks.

5.5. Questions for the unified survey


Do you feel living in Barcelona is expensive?

Do you buy a water bottle once, twice, or more times a day?

Have you used the recycling in Barcelona?

5.6. Analysis of the results in the survey

When the 20 students were asked if they feel living in Barcelona is expensive, 18 said yes. This means that the majority of students feel this is an expensive city and would probably want to learn about ways to save their cash. About 6 of the students said that they buy water bottles at least once a day. The rest said never or rarely. This was nice to know that people don't buy a ton of water bottles but just those 6 people who buy at least one daily are having a very negative carbon footprint in Barcelona and would learn a lot from the Facebook page. Out of the 20 people surveyed, 5 said they did not recycle in Barcelona. That means there could be some of those 6 plastic bottle users that are not recycling their bottles and adding to the land fills in Barcelona.

5.7. Incentives

The main incentive for this project is to help students save money and feel good about doing it. This is not just hanging out coupons or cutting down on their bills, it cuts down on their waste their ecological footprint they leave in Barcelona.

5.8. Relationship with the "Sustainability Club" (SC)

The information from this website will be sent to the sustainability club for them to post on their website.

5.9. How will this action be sustained when you are not here?

Although I will not be able to continue this action when I leave Barcelona, the information that I will pass onto other students and the information I will gain myself will carry on when we go back to the United States. Although there won't be a tangible site anymore, knowledge of eco-effectiveness is tangible itself and that will continue to be sustained. There have been multiple students that have commented on the page and shown they have gained knowledge through the comments/information. This is showing that this action has already been sustained.

5.10. Document format


THE FACEBOOK PAGE made easy to see as a PDF

sust..pdf

Attribution, non-commercial, share alike is the copyright licensing I would use for this project because it gives me credit but other can use this idea to go off of and benefit from in the future. I am not creating this for the credit, I am creating it to help others and help the environment.

6. Time-sheet / Chronogram


March 28- Start the first theme and send out the invites

April 11- Start the second theme

April 25- Start the third theme



http://www.allaboutwater.org/environment.html

http://www.consrv.ca.gov/index/news/2003%20News%20Releases/Pages/NR2003-13_Water_Bottle_Crisis.aspx

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080130092108.htm

http://yourfinishrichplan.com/blog/2008/05/20/ways-wasting-electricity-standby-power-save-money/

http://w3.bcn.es/V01/Serveis/Noticies/V01NoticiesLlistatNoticiesCtl/0,2138,250572327_250576828_3_363808277,00.html?accio=detall&home

http://www.newdream.org/water/calculator.php

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/07/reasons_to_ditch_bottled_water.php

http://www.5min.com/Video/Importance-of-Reducing-Standby-Power-57207918

http://www.methodhome.com/blog/are-you-unknowingly-wasting-electricity

http://www.switched.com/2007/10/31/five-percent-of-u-s-electricity-wasted-by-vampire-electronics/

www.aboutwalking.50megs.com/

www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/.../transport-in-barcelona.html

www.tripadvisor.com/.../Barcelona:Spain:Public.Transportation.html

www.tmb.cat/home

8. Students involved in this action


Jenny Schaye- Leader, Creator, Writer, and Editor

Other students that commented on the page: Chris Fahey, Mike Casey, Billy Vydra, Logan Stohle, Alyssa Rossman-Roreman, Lindsey Lowell, Meredith Zippo, Stephanie Eastlake, Genna Panucci, Brett Gornick.

 Assignment 4: Peer review form

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Items found: 17
Grade per action ReviewerComments
96 Brian McNevinThis is an awesome idea because it helps us students save money, as well as save the environment. The facebook page is a great way to do it as well as almost all students have one and it is a really easy way to access it. You should try and see if IES would want to put this on their homepage.
95 Sarah Colelove this idea! I like the idea of themes of the week I think that will entice students more to read it. I think you should allow everyone to join the group and maybe send out an email with the link to IES students and faculty so anyone can add suggestions.
95 MarthaMayEverybody is affect by money so I think you will have a lot of success with this facebook group. I do not have any suggestions to make this action more sustainable! Great job!
95 CFaheyThis is a great idea because one of the best incentives is money, and in this case its saving money. It is sustainable because people can learn how to save money by reducing their carbon footprint on the Earth. One recomendation is to be sure to link your page with the sustainability club page and the other students blogs and facebook pages.
94 steph.eastlakeI think facebook pages are a great forum for students to learn more about sustainability. To improve we can just add the blogs as alternative information and references. This will be really helpful to new students that need to save money while abroad.
94 SolomonBPI think the creation of a facebook page is one of the best ways to connects with future students, and therefore the best resource we have in terms of having a long term effect. By having a fb page that provides experiences and activities for new students in Barcelona, as well as providing info on those local businesses and companies that promote sustainable means of living and actions (which there are a lot of) is an awesome way for newcomers to both learn about the city and those ways they can be most sustainable within it. It allows for IES BCM students to develop their consciousness with regard to sustainability at the very outset of their semester, while in the midst of learning about the city at the same time. And this can all be done through a fb page, so it's perfect.
93 MbowermanThis is such a good idea. I think the fact that it centers around saving money will appeal to a lot of students that are studying abroad. It's also great that while saving money your helping the environment. I think keeping it current will also really help people continue using it because they know that every two weeks you will post something new!
93 vydraI think this idea is great because it the incentives are built into the action. The incentive is for students to save money, and at the same time they will be helping save the environment. One thing I would recommend to improve the sustainability is to ensure that the Facebook group is advertised well enough, because if this action does well this year, it will surely maintain momentum in following years.
92 m.bernsteinThis is a great idea. Obviously students studying abroad spend a lot of money and need some guidance on how to somewhat save it a little. Also i like how you are breaking up the weeks and making different themes to cover. good work. just get your facebook page out there and youre golden
92 obiajuluFacebook is a good platform and the info your giving is valuable to students.
92 carlafAgain, Facebook is a great way to spread news to other students. Contact IES and encourage them to somehow advertise your page. I also like how you allow other students to contribute - that way, if you happen to post information that may not be accurate, others can correct them.
92 Kmacdonald4I really liked that you focused on ways that students can be cost efficient while becoming aware of sustainability. As abroad students we are very careful with how much we are spending and if you are able to show us ways to save money while helping the environment I dont think anyone would object to your suggestions. I think to make sure people are reading all of you topics you will need to send out reminders to the members of the group page to frequently check for new posts.
92 seantubridyWell researched. I would have loved to see a page like this when I just arrived. I spent so much money in the first few weeks. You will have to do more than just send the link to classmates and friends, you should get the support of IES to have the link sent to everybody. Facebook is the best way to reach the most people
91 gnardiThis is a good idea because any money saving tips attracts students our age, especially when were all living on the euro from the dollar. One thing i would maybe suggest is coordinating with everyone else making a blog/or a facebook page so that you guys can all join forces, because as of now there seems like there are a lot of blog type things being made and it is silly for you guys to be competing with one another. I also think that you should invite people beyond our class and even people beyond IES to the facebook group, for example if you know people in other programs here in Barcelona you could invite them.
91 Julia NuttI think that this is a really good idea especially being abroad and being on a budget. I don't think that students are going to contribute to being sustainable in the ways when they lose money, but they will definitely participate the actions that will help them save some money. I think that this is a sustainably friendly way of informing the IES students!
89 agluskerThis is a great idea! I always think about creative ways to save money abroad. I think a facebook page is a great tool to help students. I particularly like the fact you organize the money-saving tips by themes. You should definitely make sure IES is aware of this page so that future students can access this page and add to it!
89 vsienkieI love this idea of your facebook page but you should be more specific about what you are providing information about. You could also post a link to your facebook page on my and Mary's page to get more people involved.


 Grades for this action report (From the PROFESSOR)

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2.15 Save the world and save your wallet- Jenny Schaye Good The overall idea of use the viral effect of facebook social network. Improvable The title should reflect what your action is about, according, for instance, to what you say in the "1. What" section. If your action is about a facebook page, why not including that somehow in the title? IF it is about using some web platform to manage communication with students, etc. then use the word "web", and you can discuss in the paper body which options could have been chosen and why you chose facebook as a proof of concept, with the adavantages and disadvantages of that election (covered at least in the swot analysis). And why didn't you coordinate with other students? Another facebook page this year (there is at least another one), plus one created last year, plus 3 blogs (at least) this semester, plus the website from the SC. All this end up in a design with way-too-much-scattered amount of information in different websites.... some of them which don't even allow public and free browsing of those pages (like facebook, where you need to register with your own personal account and provide data that you don't want to provide them...), and most of those who use close source software, when there are some good-enough alternatives with FLOSS. When I offered you all to create any blog, forum, set of wiki-like pages, databases on internet, I expected to have had some discussion in class of the alternatives that you all were considering, to avoid this dispersal of information, and tools, and usernames and passowrds required to view or post information there. 2. "I will attempt to make this interactive web page an eco-effective knowledge base with the incentive of saving money that most students care a lot about." How? Do it first, and then explain details of how you have designed already that facebook page to allow reaching that goal. Don't talk about what you will do, but about what you have done. And please, let the professor see what you did without requiring him to provide his personal details to an external company like facebook. If you want to keep using facebook , print on one or a minimum number pdf documents the whole page or pages you created, with the feedback you received, if any, from other students. And upload that to the course website. I don't want to waste any more of my time into requesting I don't know who to let me access and read facebook pages, and don't get instant access to review it. Ask facebook staff to increase your grade of this course, if you prefer (and good luck). Presentation: why opportunities and threats have different heading style? Feedback loops: identify full loops. Check notes, readings and slides from session 2, at least. Potential costs: "The potential costs of this website is time. It will take up a lot of my time to look up this information, make sure it is legitimate and then post it on the web page. I will also have to edit if other students post on the page and make sure what they added is also legitimate information. " You also has to count the time to read what other students did last semester, and yoru class mates this semester, to avoid so much overlapping, as you did... How: "I will invite everyone in our class to the web page and hopefully that will start them passing it on to people they know and expanding the page to everyone in IES. " For sure this didn't happen, since I was not invited. In addition, provide details about how many people joined per week, and how many contributed some content, etc. Cradle to cradle design: "The great thing about this project is that there are no material items that will be used that need to be recycled or re-used because this is all over the internet. So there is no need to have a cradle to cradle design. " False, as noted in my previous comments. Please, improve before the end of the second deadline. Survey questions: why are there questions which overlap with the action about water bottles, for instance? "Analysis of the results in the survey. ..." Revise it based on 2011a General comments Incentives: "The main incentive for this project is to help students save money and feel good about doing it. This is not just hanging out coupons or cutting down on their bills, it cuts down on their waste their ecological footprint they leave in Barcelona. " Well, ok, but what is the incentive gpoing to be for students to participate in your action? Did they participate without any incentive (like getting some ecoeuros back?) etc. You could also discuss why there was no participation in the facebook page created last semester... you might experience the same results, if you don't learn from history and learn from the potential design mistakes that they made... Relationship with the SC: "I do not currently have a relationship with the sustainability club but I would like to get into contact with them and give them a link to the Facebook page. " Don't wait for anyone to do it, just register to the SC website ( http://club.iesbarcelona.org/register ), log in, and send the message with the link at the forum: this way all of us get informed about it, and the webmaster (me only right now) can do it easily. "Although there won't be a tangible site anymore, knowledge of eco-effectiveness is tangible itself and that will continue to be sustained. " How? Please, expand. Document format: clarify . Copyright: you should have added that copyright notice on the facebook page (as far as I know, you dind't). Anyway, I wonder if you can do that in facebook, because to register there and create a page/group/etc, you have to comply with their copyright license terms for the content posted there... and it's seems it's not copyrighted with a license compatible with Creative Commons licenses. Time sheet: improve. Moreover, I finally connected to that facebook page, and saw a few posts on April 13th, no more, no less. What about your dates referring to March 18, April 11, April 25? References: Revise it based on 2011a General comments. Moreover, read and refer to similar actions from past semesters. Keep in mind, moreover, that facebook is not FLOSS... Update after the second deadline: Thanks for the document with the information on that other facebook page. "The web page is created, students see the web page, they show their other friends the web page expanding the audience, and in turn making the project effective and worth while, influencing others to spread their sustainable knowledge over the web as well to continue to cycle. Many students have seen this page and commented on it so the loop has already begun. " For the cycle to be sustained, there should be a way that students posts in that website also, so that the "new waves" of posting-reading-liking-commenting continue every now and then. And as far as I could see, it was only you posting there... Yes, you can argue that it's over when you are done, and there were some benefits of it while it was alive. But why not designing something which can stay alive by other students when yourself will not be here? With your facebook group, I can't see it happening, in the same way that it didn't happen for the facebook group last year.... and your content will be waste... instead of being for the students from next semesters.... The content you posted in your facebook page has a little overlapping with the content posted by other students in other places. To avoid this scattering and overlapping issue, we made an extra effort to keep blogs, pages, pictures and videos seen from a common place: http://club.iesbarcelona.org . A pity that you didn't manage to join the effort. With things scattered, the chances that further students don't see your content (and thus, it becomes waste earlier than it could) is much higher. Or the opposite, you compete with the other common effort to attract students to where all the other information is posted, and we don't need to compete ones against the others, but share efforts in the same direction. Or at least, why didn't you attend to rescue the previous facebook page, so that previous waste could be used as food? (and maybe students from previous semesters could have shared back they knowledge again, etc.)... "Although this project will end and I will go home making this project my "trash", the knowledge passed onto other students will make theirs treasure. It's like giving hungry person a fish or teaching them how to fish. This way, although the website can't be sustained through me forever, it will be sustained through the students that have seen it or accessed it over the past weeks. " This is planned obsolescence, when there was no need to design something to become "trash" so quickly. Think about it in the future with any other things that you do. Using you own metaphor, you could have also passed not only the fish and knowledge, but also the rod-and-reel, or the net to be use for fish, etc. With the same cost of time and money, just if a better design had been done in time. " The information from this website will be sent to the sustainability club for them to post on their website." Would you invest your scarce free time to post content from other facebook pages (or external blogs, etc) into the sustainability club website? It's too easy to request others to do your action, if y our consider that this part of your action (posting a second time the same information on anotehr website) is important. If you had chosen some website which allowed fetching the content by means of RSS (do facebook allow it?), this second posting could have been done automatically...


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