IES Abroad Sustainability Web Page|
A web page run by the IES Abroad Sustainability Club that will inform both current and upcoming students and professors on how to be more sustainable while living in barcelona. It will also act as a networking site for the sustainability club, allowing them to keep club members, other students and members of the faculty in the loop regarding club events, activities, projects and inform others on how they can get involved.
By creating a web page that is accessible to all of IES Abroad Barcelona, more members of the IES community can become aware of issues regarding sustainability in the city in which they are living. Once aware of these issues and what they can do to combat them, people are more likely to take action themselves to become more sustainable. By putting information together in an easy to understand format in a location (on the web) which members of the IES abroad community often frequent, it will make it hard to ignore what they can do to help the effort towards becoming more sustainable. The attitude of not wanting to take action or not knowing how to take action within your community often changes when information becomes easy to understand and readily available. Attitudes will also change if, within the website, members of the IES community can find benefits to being sustainable. The Sustainability Club, which will eventually be responsible for upkeep of the site, will post these benefits on the website or use the sites ability to send messages to the IES abroad list serve as a way to keep students interested in new ways to act sustainably and give them motivation to do so. Because this is a website, it can continuously be updated and modified even after this sustainability course is over, which means it will remain useful to IES Abroad Barcelona students and faculty and the Sustainability Club as long as the Sustainability Club continues to use it. It is also a cost efficient way of informing the community of anything related to sustainability since sending emails or visiting the site is free for users. It is not unfriendly ecologically, and there are no negative effects in regards to using a webpage in order to do the above mentioned tasks. Wiki links are a type of free software, and as such are available to modify and improve upon by those who wish. this type of software is more environmentally friendly because it never goes out of date, that means no waste is created by using this software.
2.1. Potential Benefits
Students will be informed on what the Sustainability Club is, what they are working on, and what they have accomplished. They will also find out what they can do to become more sustainable while living in Barcelona or even before getting to Barcelona.
2.2. Potential Costs
Potential Costs include only time and human resources since either the Sustainability Club, or individual members will have to be responsible for upkeep of the site. There are no real risks associated with creating a wiki page for IES Abroad Barcelona community and the Sustainability Club.
I will be responsible for the first additions to the website. The website is a wiki-links website so we, as a class, are already familiar with how to use it. I will be looking at the final actions from other students in our class and extracting the important information while making it easier to understand for people visiting the webpage. I will then post the information to the page in an appealing format. As discussed with the group who is creating a Facebook page, I will create a link to the Sustainability Club Facebook page. I will also be adding links to other important sites such as maps of the Barcelona metro station, the night bus, and a link to the other Barcelona Bus website. I will also design a logo for the Sustainability Club and upload it for the web page. Once all of this is done, my job for this semester will be complete. In order to make sure that the website continues to be updated for future semesters, it will be one of the duties of future Sustainability Club members to update the website weekly or monthly. One member of the Sustainability Club will be assigned this job at the beginning of the semester. As with all duties of the Sustainability Club, the work the student performs will be rewarded with a predetermined amount of EcoEuros.
4. Students involved in this action
I, Katie Dasburg, am the leader of this team. I have organized the web page and made the final decisions of the lay out and what goes on the webpage. I have also edited most of the action plans that i felt were both ready and needed to be put on the website. I created the Club logo, and well as the link to the facebook page as well
Working with me on this action are Anya Haas, Anna Katz, and Julia Casciotti. These three members helped with editing the information that I chose to put on the website and helped me make the information as concise and clear as possible. They also looked over my work on this action plan essay.
- I am helping to put together a list of vegan, vegetarian, and environmentally friendly restaurants in Barcelona. This may be something that could be added to the green link/sustainability club website. (Michael)
- I am acting as a promoter for the website through my action. (Marissa)
Assignment: Peer review form
Grades for this action report (From the PROFESSOR)