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Green Link for IES webpage

IES Abroad Sustainability Web Page

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1. What

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.

2. Why

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.

3. How

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)

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Very well in general: a good way to get students to know about the oportunities and actions done in IES Abroad Barcelona, before they come, when they are in the City, and also after they leave. Once said that, I have a few comments on improvable things for further semesters: "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.". You didn't need to know, but there are some web hosting companies ensuring that the energy they consume to run their business comes from green/renewable sources. As far as I know, the hosting of our websites is not in one of those companies. "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." Well, there are a few improvable things here: The type of software is "Wiki", and not "Wiki links", and the rest of the sentence is not clearly attributed to the fact that the content in a wiki can be easily modified, or that free/libre software alows modification of the software. "it never goes out of date": well, this is not true. It does go out of date, but you have the right to modify it as needed and when needed, either yourself, or finding a coder/consultant/company to do that for you. Potential costs: "There are no real risks associated with creating a wiki page for IES Abroad Barcelona community and the Sustainability Club. ". Well there are some costs and risks in fact. Costs: The cost (in time & effort, sometimes) of learning how to use a new computer program (local, or web) for the end users, the cost (in time, and effort, sometimes also) to design the program to make it easy for the end users (provided that you have the ability to re-design it for the target population that will have to use it and specific goals that you have in mind), Risks: the risk of choosing a fancy & well known and used propietary platform such as "Facebook", but since it's closed source software, you don't have control over what type of publicity or advertisements you show to your users visiting your website (would we want a site at no cost when they promote that you buy and consume products that you don't need or you don't like to be promoted?). So you may end up with a site that doesn't respect the goals of the sustainability club, and you don't have control over it. In a similar way, if they ever request that you have to provide your phone number or credit card number (or even pay) to use facebook, you may think that you made the wrong decision in the beggining by depending on such platform. And there are risks also when using just a free software application (Tiki, the one we chose, or any other). Imagine that beyond the total control on the application (and what to show, when, etc.), your users don't get comfortable with such website because it's too different to what they are used to (whatever it is: google applications, facebook, msn, apple web sites and applications, ...). They might not use it because they could feel that they are not used to it, and it requires too steep learning curve for them in order to join the activities of the sustainability club. Or imagine that you don't get the viral effect that you might get if you use facebook or other common social networking websites: joining the club could be a slower process than expected (or desired?). Well, those (and others) risks exist, and that's why we have to take them into account, and try to take benefit from the social networking sites such as facebook that students are used to and visit regularly, but without relying too much on it in the long term, and to make the free software website that we control the easiest possible to new users, or even the most simple and similar possible to applications that students are used to visit and interact with. In this context, I think that you all took a good compromise in the solution chosen as a starting point for the Sustainability Club. Tiki ( http://club.iesbarcleona.org ) and the Facebook page. Good that you added some EcoEuros to be granted per month to the person who takes care of the Sustainability Club Homepage. However, I see that that information was not placed at the SC club itself, but just the information on maintaining the facebook page for this "green link". Good that you created a proposal for the logo of the SC, with the guidelines discussed in class, and also with a transparent background, that you didn't know how to do it initially. For next times that you have to do something similar, search for the option in your graphic editing program to "select a contiguous region by color" (or similar name). And very good also that you managed to add a list of vegan, vegetarian, and environmentally friendly restaurants in Barcelona. Not clear what the criterium has been to select these restaurants (what's the minmum that a restaurant need to have or to do to be included in the list?). That information would have been welcome to justify your list, and to help other students in next semesters extend this list with the same criterium. Marisa: very good that you added the connection from the form that the students have to read and thanks for the information. Everyone promoting the SC could have added his/her name there also. " References and links: missing section. At least, you could have cited the program that you used to create the logo, and where did you take the logo from. Moreover, links for the website of the sustainabiloty club (Tiki) and the facebook page could have been copied there also.


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