1. Day of Service
My continued action includes implementing an IES day of service. At some point in the semester students will be given the opportunity to attend a day of service at various sites throughout Barcelona where they will be given the chance to make our environment more sustainable. One option is Woofer Day of Service where students volunteer at an organic farm for the day. This action will ultimately help to teach students about sustainable living and give them a chance to participate themselves in hands-on sustainable activities. Another organization I have tried to contact is Permaculture. This is another options of a Day of Service that students can attend and volunteer to learn and participate in sustainable living.
1.2. Why this action makes things more sustainable?
1. Change in attitude: It is important that students take the next steps to volunteer. This action will raise awareness to students and give them the opportunity to actually take part in sustaining our environment rather than just say they are willing recycle or conserve paper. Other than transportation, this action will cost no money to students and in addition they will earn EcoEuros.
2. Long term effects: students in future semesters can participate in A Day of Service and this action will offer a connection to students and the community. Both of these are organic farms help create a more sustainable enrivonrment because they do not use pesticides which are harmful to our environment and the health of those that consume the produce grown on the farms.
3. Creates community: IES students can feel as though they have given back to Barcelona.
1.2.1. SWOT Analysis
Strengths:increase student awareness and knowledge about environmental issues, give students the chance to be proactive, it will give IES students a good reputation, give IES students a feeling of satisfaction, it will make IES students feel they have given something back to Barcelona, this could create further connection between environmental organizations and IES students, students will travel to locations throughout Barcelona they may not have been, will raise awareness that could possibly show students how to improve and make their own lifestyle more sustainable
Weaknesses: students and staff will need to be committed to spending a full day, providing transportation, legal issues (insurance)
Opportunity: become connected with Barcelona, provide good reputation for IES students, satisfaction, creates connections, travel opportunities, provides food for own consumption and in exchange for eco euros.
Threats: no further individual sustainable implementations will come out if it, people are lazy, people travel on weekends when these days of service are usually held.
1.2.2. Feedback loops
Attending a day of service allows gives students the satisfaction of giving back to their environment, while students also compensate with fresh produce and ecoeuros which also brings satisfaction.
Attending a day of service spreads knowledge to students which will in turn encourage them to live more sustainably and inspire others to do the same.
1.2.3. Potential Benefits
As mentioned above, benefits include: raising awareness, allowing students to become proactive, allows students to give something back to Barcelona and feel satisfied with the work they have completed, could create future connections with programs and organizations, maybe other students from other schools will join, allows students to travel places they most likely haven’t been, gives students the opportunity to make changes in their own lifestyles
1.2.4. Potential Costs
Money for transportation is a risk that may cost the whole day in general to not work, time is a risk that costs students because they might not have time to spend a weekend on a farm and students may not be willing or able to spend an entire day, another risk could be that students might not get anything out of the experience which creates a cost of students not continuing sustainable living after working on the farm, and students travel on weekends so this could cause a few number of participants.
So far, IES has implemented the Woofer Day of Service. There are two days throughout the semester where students attend an organic farm. In addition to receiving 35 EcoEuros they will also donating half the produce to the sustainability club to be used as an incentive for other actions handled by the sustainability club. In order to implement another day of service it needs to be scheduled on the IES calendar before the semester begins and sign up sheets need to be made easily accessible to students. I have contacted Permaculture by email but have yet to hear back. In addition I went to IES and received an updated calendar for next semester. One open weekend includes October 15-16th and another could be November 5-6th. Once I hear back from Permaculture I will suggest both of these dates and see if one works for them.
1.3.1. "Cradle to Cradle" design
A day of service is an easy way to give back to your community and help sustain our environment. The only resource required is time and possibly a small amount of money for transportation. If students are willing, whether a day spent on an organic farm, at a soup kitchen, or picking up trash, a day of service is important for helping to raise awareness about environmental issues, and ultimately contributes to sustainable living.
1.3.2. Questions for the unified survey
If given the chance, would you participate in a day of service at an Organic farm in return for a bag of fresh produce you could share with your roommates or home stay family?
I was unaware that half the produce went to Sustainability club so this question should be changed for future actions.
1.3.3. Analysis of the results in the survey
Question 1: 50% yes, 40% no, 10% maybe
For some students it is hard to dedicate a full day to participate in a day of service. For some it interferes with traveling plans, friends visiting, work, etc. However, I think those who have a positive attitude and who are willing and inspired to give back to our environment will attend.
Incentives for the Woofer day of service include a basket of fresh produce and 35 EcoEuros. Other possible incentives for other Day's of Service may include gift cards to stores or restaurants throughout Barcelona. This requires money to be funded. Maybe the sustainability club could raise money in order to purchase gift cards and use them as an incentive for students to attend days of service.
1.3.5. Relationship with the "Sustainability Club" (SC)
You must be a part of the sustainability club to participate in Woofer Day of Service. I think it's important for members who attend other possible days of service to be a part of the Sustainability Club in order to show their efforts and appreciation towards a sustainable environment.
1.3.6. How will this action be sustained when you are not here?
This action will be continued through the Sustainability club. If I can organize a weekend with Permaculture I will send the information to the IES club and the IES administration who will put it on the calendar as an optional field trip for next fall. I think IES should also fund a bus to take as many students that would like to go. This is for a good cause and I think more students would attend if they could go with a bunch of their friends rather than just attend with 2 or 3 other people. The Day of Service also needs to be advertised in a way that students become aware when and what it is and in a way that will encourage students to sign up.
1.3.7. Document format
The document format for my action page is html
1.3.8. Copyright license of your report
Attribution BY-SA: I would choose this copyright license because it protects that the next person changes the lisence of their modified version of my document. I would choose this license because it allows others to copy, distribute, tweak and build upon my work, as long as they give me credit for my original work and again, change the lisence of their modified version of my document. I would pick this license so that others could view my work and gain information on the benefits of participating in a Day of Service. This will allow others to pass along information and hopefully inspire people to become aware and be proactive.
1.4. Time-sheet / Chronogram
January: students will choose which Day of Service they would like to participate in and choose a date that works for them. A sign up sheet will appear at both the welcome party and on the bulletin boards outside the offices.
February-May: students will attend their Day of Service on the appropriate day. In addition, during the remainder of the months spent in Barcelona students will influence others to join and research other possible Day’s of Service throughout the city. They will also implement the knowledge gained on their Day of Service in their daily life to continuing contributing to a sustainable environment.
1.5. References & Links
WWOOF, World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, 2011, http://www.wwoof.org/
Advantages and Disadvantages Organic Farming: Good Things, Barriers and Environmental Effects, 2010 http://www.small-farm-permaculture-and-sustainable-living.com/advantages_and_disadvantages_organic_farming.html
1.6. Students involved in this action
I participated in continuing this action on my own.
Assignment 4: Peer review form
Grades for this action report (From the PROFESSOR)