Courses / Solar Cooker Exhibition_Zach Pfluger, Mike Miller, Angela Thoma, Jeremy Martin Final Paper


The solar cooker exhibition is intended to show off the solar cooker with the hopes of sparking sustainable thinking amongst other students. We thought the solar cooker was an extremely interesting invention and wanted to share it amongst our fellow students. The event will be held at the IES center so students do not have to go out of their way to see the demonstration. Snacks would be served as an incentive for students to see the solar cooker and watch it in action.

1. What is the action

Solar Cooker Exhibition: We will be coordinating a solar-cooker exhibition with Fundació Terra to be held at IES Barcelona. One staff member from Fundacio Terra will come to IES with a few solar cookers and set them up in the terrace on the fist floor. Students will be informed about this event through emails and fliers that will be hung up in all three floors of IES. Any and all students and staff are welcome to view the exhibition and try some of the food that will be cooked. The goal of this is not to be a huge BBQ, but a more informative presentation of how these solar cookers work and how they benefit the environment. This exhibition could also spark interest and creative thinking among the students and staff regarding sustainability and how they could incorporate small individual initiatives into their own daily lives.
The food that will be cooked in the demonstration will be supplied by the group (can of beans, and other cheap food).

1.1. Similar Actions

We learned from this previous action that in terms of funding and feasibility that IES was not realistically going to follow through with their plan of running the IES center off of Solar Panels. Therefore, we decided to promote solar energy awareness through the more feasible action of a solar cooker exhibition. Students will be able to see firsthand the power of solar energy and not in the traditional method of solar panels; this could in turn spark creative thinking amongst students. Solar energy is an important energy source that students our age must be informed about. The Solar Energy Council had the right idea of promoting solar energy awareness, but Pizza and Bake Sales would not be sufficient to fund solar panels and even if the funds were available IES does not own this building and cannot determine the power source.


1.2. SWOT Analysis

Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats
-Sunlight is free-Limited amount of solar cookers-Can tech students/faculty about sustainability-Lack of attendance
-No fossil fuels burned-Limited food-Could start yearly tradition-Cloudy day will prevent exhibition
-Time to cook is about same as other ways-Can cook only if there is sunlight
-Learning experience

What can you do to get rid of the weaknesses?

-We can try to get as many solar cookers as we possibly can.

-We could also ask students/faculty to bring a can of beans or other cheap foods that could be cooked in a solar cooker to increase the amount of food being cooked during the exhibition.

-We could continuously look at weather predictions and make sure that we schedule a day when there will be sufficient sunlight.

Why couldn't you redesign anything to avoid them?

- It´s hard to guarantee that students/faculty will bring food, so his still remains as a potential weakness.

-We don´t have any funding from IES, so we can only use the amount of solar cookers that they are willing to give us. We can not buy or rent our own.

What can you do to prevent yourself/your action from the potential effect of the threats?

-We could check the weather leading up to the event to make sure we do not plan the event on a cloudy or rainy day.

-The incentive for participating is the free food.

-Could talk to teachers of other related courses to inform their students to come to the exhibition.

1.3. Feedback loops
A simple feedback loop is unable to define what our project will produce. Instead, our feedback loop will contain a closed loop but will potentially also lead to an entirely different loop. The exhibition itself (NODE A) contains a positive causal link connecting to students’ sustainable thinking (NODE B-). From sustainable thinking (NODE B-) a positive causal link may appear to an entirely new idea (NODE X); From NODE X anything is possible. (NODE B-) will also provide a negative causal link back to NODE A, because this exhibition will continue for years to come at IES.

1.4. Advertising

-Emails will be sent out to teachers and to the students
-Flyers will be hung up in all three floors of IES
-Big poster-board in the student lounge while the event takes place to attract passer-bys

2. Why this action makes things more sustainable?

Our intentions for this action is to get the word out about other sustainable practices that people may not be aware of. By showing people alternatives we hope to point them in another direction. By advertising this solar cooker and other renewable practices it helps to lower peoples use of everyday stoves and electricity and helps to promote the use of natural sunlight an unlimited resource. We understand that you will not be able to cook every meal on a solar cooker but just cooking one meal a week on it can help to lower your energy consumption and carbon footprint.

2.1 Potential Costs

The only real potential cost that we will be facing is the cost of the actual food that will be cooked during the demonstration. If every student paid a $5 fee to attend the picnic that would more than cover the cost of food and drinks that will be provided. This event will last around 3-4 hours on the IES terrace, which is a reasonable amount of time for students to eat lunch, enjoy the sunshine and learn about renewable practices.

3. How will you Implement it?

The first step will be to get in contact with IES and make sure that we have a set date to designate the terrace for use for this presentation. The next action would be to contact Fundacio Terra to come up with an allotted time for the presentation to take place that fits into both schedules.Another organization that might be able to provide us with sufficient solar cookers and ovens would be La Fabrica del Sol. By using both organizations they can provide a real in depth presentation about solar projects that have been developed. Once this stuff is squared away we will begin the process of handing out fliers in IES to inform students of this picnic/information session that will be taking place. We will also inform IES to send out an email to the listserve to encourge students to sign up for the event, and this will also help us to get a headcount on how many people that will be attending. After we have the headcount squared away we will have to go out and buy the foods and drinks for the picnic. Then the last step is to simply host the picnic and hope that all goes well.

3.1 Prototype

This picnic would be best implemented in summer months to ensure the most sunlight, while also making the picnic more enjoyable with warm weather. The food would be bought at a local supermarket near IES, because refrigeration would be a problem so we wouldn't want to have to transport the food a long distance. There will be a lot of physical waste produced from the food during the event, which is why we will be going around during the picnic with separate bags for plastics and other wastes to ensure nothing is disposed of improperly.This will help to ensure that everything is sent to its proper place and no excess waste is left behind.

3.2 Cradle to Cradle

The main waste that will arise from this picnic is physical waste such as plastic bottles and wrappers. To reduce theamount of physical waste, the food could be bought in bulk at a organic shop on La Ramblas, possibly from the Boqueria. Although waste is still inevitably going to arise, to combat this we are going to personally go around with bags that are designated recyclable or waste trash to help separate the garbage.We will also attempt to use reusable plastics that La Fabrica Del Sol might be able to provide for us. After the event we will also do a sweep to make sure that all waste has been collected. Because we are using solar cookers we are not using any gas energy thus leaving no carbon footprint behind and reducing our carbon footprint. By collecting all of the garbage accordingly we are reducing waste and recycling plastic so that it may be used again.

3.3. Flyers?

-A possible flier design could be the headline saying "Ever eat something cooked by nature?" This would help to draw in students attention, along with images or sun and different food groups to show the intention of the picnic. The Fliers will be laminated to use the least amount of paper while also ensuring that they will be around for many semesters so that they may be reused.
Image Solar Cooker Exhibition

3.4. Incentives

In order to promote the solar cooker exhibition we plan on offering free food after the demonstration. Additionally we plan on holding this event at the end of the spring semester as a social event. An ample amount of sunlight is needed for this project to work, which is why it is only feasible to do at the end of spring. This can be a great way to meet new people and make new friends or say goodbye to people before the end of the semester.

3.5 Relationship with the other initiatives being implemented

There is no direct relationship of this action with any other initiatives implemented this semester.

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

This BBq can become an IES activity where a demonstration followed by a BBQ occurs at the beginning of every semester. Aside from food, people can come to socialize and meet new people. Since this will occur at the beginning of the semester ideally more people will show up since not everyone has had a chance to meet.

3.7. Comparison to similar actions form previous semesters

It does not appear that any previous semesters have initiated something like this.

4. Time-sheet / Chronogram

JanuaryContact current teacher to contact Funacio TerraMember 1
January Teacher contacts and confirms with Fundacio Terra Teacher
February Create Fliers/Emails to advertise for the eventMember 2
March Come up with incentives to comeMember 3
April Coordinate day/time with appropriate IES staffMember 4
April Set up terrace for event Member 1
April Clean up after the eventAll members

Member 1 - To elaborate, Member One is in charge of organizing the event in terms of contacting Fundacio Terra with the help of the current sustainability professor. This member will also set up the terrace the day of the event with the help of the rest of the members.

Member 2 - To elaborate, Member Two is in charge of marketing the event by sending out emails, making flyers, and talking to friends. This member will also create incentives or implement our suggested incentives.

Member 3 - To elaborate, Member Three will be creating incentives and implementing suggested incentives to increase attendance of the event.

Member 4 - To elaborate, Member Four will be working with Member One and will serve as a bridge between IES Staff and Fundacio Terra. Member One and Four share similar roles, but One will contact Fundacio Terra and Four will work with IES Staff.

All Members: Set up and clean up terrace.

4.2. What has been done this semester?

So far we are planning on starting a conversation with Fundació Terra to discuss what she thinks about performing demonstrations with the solar cookers at IES. We also are trying to get a conversation started with IES about logistics concerning the exhibition. We also have started drafting flyers for the event as well.

4.3. What needs to be done to repeat the action in the future?

In order to ensure that this becomes a reoccurring event we need to speak with Fundació Terra to make sure she is willing to perform this demonstrations once a semester. Additionally, we need to speak with IES to make sure we can use the patio for the exhibit.

5. Document format

Microsoft World had the sufficient tools for us to produce what we needed to for this project. We considered using FLOSS open source technology, but because this project does not require technological capabilities past creating flyers and emails, Word is sufficient for creating the flyers. TIKI is an open source software and allowed us to work together to create this project, but for implementing this project computers are not required.

6. Bibliography


8.2. What did you learn and what did you incorporate from the feedback received?

We equally took into consideration every students feedback but focused heavily on the feedback provided by the professor. We changed each section while taking into consideration the feedback received. Specifically, we altered the summary, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 5, and 8.4 heavily. We appreciate all feedback received; it helped us create a better project.

8.3. Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge IES for providing us with the opportunity to take this interesting class and spark ideas of sustainable thinking. We would also like to thank Fundacio Terra for showing us this cooker in the first place, and then potentially demonstrating it at IES for other students to see.

8.4. Students involved in this action

We all contributed evenly to the project, but we divided the sections amongst two pairs to focus on two different parts.

Jeremy Martin + Zach Pfluger - Section 3.3 - 5
Angela Thoma + Mike Miller - Section 1 - 3.3

Everyone - Remaining Sections

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