I am going to make signs next to the elevator that dissuade people to use the elevators and are informative.
Questions for the survey:
Would a sign next to an elevator saying how much energy is waisted by using the elevator discourage you from using the elevator?
how many times a day do you use an elevator?
what would a convincing sign say?
1.6. Students involved in this action
Christina Obiajulu1.1. What
After sitting in the lobby of the IES building for only an hour, I observed 25 students use the elevator, Now, this was not during the peak time in between classes or after lunch. So if we multiply this number by 2 for peak times and then calculated on average how many students use the elevator a day I would say on average 300 students . After observing this it was obvious to me that the students at IES used the elevator more often than the stairs and thus it could be said that they have a certain level of dependancy on the elevators. So, the purpose of this action is to detere people from using the elevator and thus reduce this observed dependency. So, I came up with elevator signs that are hung up outside of the elevators on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors. These signs use humor and disadvantages to taking the elevator, like long waiting time or awkward rides, to encourage people to use the stairs.
1.2. Why does this action make things more sustainable?
The elevator action is encouraging people to get in the mindset of using their legs instead of machinery. Using one's own body, instead of machinery, in many cases, is the most energy efficent means of travelling (Session 19). However, since the IES building is only 5 floors the elevator does not use that much energy. It has been calculated that per floor (one direction, 3 meters) the elevator uses 2.5 Wh (how much energy). So, it would take 25 Wh, to make one full round trip, going from top to bottom of the building. Now, if we assume that the elevator makes about 70 round trips a day, that is 1750 wh. That is about the same amount of energy a blow dryer uses (saving electricity). So, as you can see, the amount of energy used is not large. However, the point of this action is to not only reduce unnecessary energy use, but more importantly, to make peoples' way of thinking more sustainable. The goal is t change the attitudes of those who constantly use the elevator. This would reduce dependency on elevators and cause students to become less dependant on other machinery, like cars or buses and just walk places.
Also, changing someones way of thinking is the most sustainable action that there is because ideas can be spread quickly. The more people that change mindsets, the more people that spread sustainable ideas to others, thus causing the sustainabe lifestyle to be perpetuated and resillent. If this action is successful in the long term it would help people reduce their carbon footprints and live more sustainable with out the reliance on less efecient modes of transportation.
Also, there are other benefits of taking the stairs which are sustainable. For example, taking the stairs can be a more efficent use of time. There have been many times where I've taken the stairs and gotten to my destination, while people were still waiting for the elevator to arrive. Also, when people take the stairs, they don't have to be slowed down by stopping at floors that are not their destinations, like they would in elevators. Another benefit to using the stairs is that it encourages people to get some excercise, which, in turn, makes them healthier and live longer and thus be more sustainable.
1.2.1. SWOT Analysis
-good location which reaches a lot of people
-plays to peoples vanity/insecurity about being lazy
-would save energy
- the amount of stairs to climb maybe too much
-after lunch slump
-increase awareness about energy consumption
-change mind set of viewers
-reduce dependency on machinery for transportation. If they can use their legs to go up stairs they can use their legs instead of a car
-maybe taken down
-could offend people
1.2.2. Feedback loops
(-) ->more people walk -> use of elevator (+)> use of energy (-) -(-)->dependance on elevator -(+)-> use of elevation
1.2.3. Potential Benefits
A short term potential benefit from this action is less use of energy in IES building and people being deterred from using the IES elevator. A Midterm potential benefit is people changing their outlook on using elevators and becoming less dependant on elevators. A Longterm potential benefit is that people carry the idea to walk instead of use machinery into other aspects of their lives, such as walking instead of riding the escalator or driving cars. If this benefit is fulfilled, then these people will lead more sustainable lives.
1.2.4. Potential Costs
Potential costs to this action is the energy exherted by those who choose to climb the stairs.
To make the flyers, first I thought of catchy or persuasive phrases to put on the sign. When I decided on the phrases, I formatted the flyers on Open Office. Then I printed the flyers on scrap paper and hung them next to the elevator.
1.3.1. "Cradle to Cradle" design
Scrap paper was used to create this flyers. Through the use of scrap paper, I enacted a waste equals food model in which the waste from someone else was what I used to create my product. Also, after the sign has served its purpose it could be used as scrap paper again.
1.3.2. Questions for the unified survey
Have the elevator signs dissuaded you to use the elevators as much?
How many times do you use the elevator perday?
1.3.3. Analysis of the results in the survey
Since only 5% of IES students took this survey and the ones that did take it either did so because they were requeired to for class or highly motivated. With this being said the results from the survey are not substantial enough to give insight into students' reception of the signs.
The incentive to this project is to be healthier and tone your legs. Whether it be based in vanity, self-conciousness or a true desire to be healthy, I feel as though these incentives would make most people want to take the stairs.
1.3.5. Relationship with the "Sustainability Club" (SC)
There is no relationship with the sustainability club.
1.3.6. How will this action be sustained when you are not here?
The beauty about this action is that it doesn't require much maintenence. Once the signs are up, they can stay up until they are illegable. When this time comes I'm rellying on a future student, maybe someone who is in this sustainability class, to choose to renew this action. This is likely because this is an easy renewable action that only requires someone to retype the signs and reprint them.
1.3.7. Document format
Open Office was used to create the flyers. Open Office is a FLOSS application (free libre open source software) It is in the .odt format
1.3.8. Copyright license of report
A cc-by-sa copyright is being used.
1.4 chart of tasks
|30 minutes||30 min|
brainstormed ideas for flyers
|typed up flyers on open office||hung up flyers on the 1st 2nd and 3rd floors of IES|
1.5. References & Links
How much electricity do computers use? Saving Electricity <http://michaelbluejay.com/electricity/computers.html>
Nelson, Patrik. “How much energy does a hairdryer use?” eHow<http://www.ehow.com/about_5368273_much-energy-hair-dryer-use.html>
Clock Picture from article Mcdurman, Joel “The time is short” American Vision <http://americanvision.org/4068/the-time-is-short/>
"Richard Simmons congressman?" CNN
"Richard Simmona bowtie"
1.6. Students involved in this action
Assignment 4: Peer review form
Grades for this action report (From the PROFESSOR)