1. Action name
IES Sustainability Class Facebook page
The action is creating an IES Sustainability class Facebook page. I created a Facebook page that we have invited our fellow students to join. I posted articles on environmentally friendly living in the city.
1.2. Why this action makes things more sustainable?
The action is improving the sustainability of IES abroad because it is putting more information into students hands about how they can be more environmentally friendly. By having more information about to reduce consumption we are reducing dependency on things that are environmentally unfriendly. It's helpful for students to be able to post on the facebook page about upcoming class projects or places that sell local produce, so they can benefit the community we are living in. Also by having information on living in an eco-friendly way students can reduce their ecological/water footprints. The long term affects are hopefully that future groups of students will keep up the page and past students can continue to post into the group with helpful advice. It will be sort of like a continuing information base with new and old students posting information.
1.2.1. SWOT Analysis
StrengthsThe site will provide an outlet for information sharing, *possibly encourage people to live in an environmentally friendly way, *help local businesses and markets
WeaknessesPeople may not use the site *If we don't stay on uploading information the site will not be updated
OpportunitiesGreat way for students to share information *could provide an outlet for sharing information after the semester is over between new students and old students
Threats*That people will stop using the site
1.2.2. Feedback loops
Identify potential loops produced by your action (reinforcing, balancing, lagged), and eventually, draw them in a systems analysis diagram if it makes the explanation clearer
1.2.3. Potential Benefits
The potential benefits are that students have a place to post information that other students might not know. Especially in sustainability class we have talked about how many students didn't know how to recycle when they arrived in Barcelona or didn't know that the water was safe for drinking. This creates a forum for students new and old to post information that others might want to know. In short term we are providing information on changing habits in Barcelona, that will have a positive effect while we are here. And long term we are creating an information source where new and old students can share information from their time in Barcelona, that may make it easier for new students to be environmentally friendly.
1.2.4. Potential Costs
The potential costs are time. It takes time to find articles and information but these time restraints are minimal.
In a perfect world, people in the class will post on the site with information and articles that would be helpful for the class. As of now we have created the site and invited our classmates. Next semester we hope to have a list of the new sustainability class and invite them to the group so they can share information with each other and look back on what we have provided. Until our departure we will continue adding information and encouraging our classmates to add helpful information.
1.3.1. "Cradle to Cradle" design
This action does not provide waste. We are not using any paper or resources other then the internet.
1.3.2. Questions for the unified survey
If the survey was not completed a question would be--
"Would you use the IES sustainability facebook page to share information?
"Do you think it would be helpful to have a page with information on living sustainability in the city?"
The incentives are that you are sharing and providing information. I think people will want to use the site because it's a good source of information.
1.3.4. Relationship with the "Sustainability Club" (SC)
Possibly trying to post the page on the Sustainability club page, and hopefully someone from next semesters sustainability class will immediately take on the Facebook page as their continued action so people from next semester can benefit from it.
1.3.5. How will this action be sustained when you are not here?
I'm hoping that the action will be sustained by new students who we add to the group posting information. The page could be maintained by a student who needs to complete a continued action also. I will also monitor the site to make sure that we are providing any help we can for questions new students might have.
1.3.6. Document format
If you produced some documents to support your action, did you choose some document format which can be edited with multiplatform FLOSS tools without loosing the layout? [Multiplatform = at least, the main three O.S.: GNU/Linux, Mac OSX & MS Windows]. For instance, for word documents, .odt or similar (odf) is better choice than MS Word .doc/.docx documents, since odt/odf are standards format for office documents recognized internationally by the ISO (ISO/IEC 26300:2006), and editable by OpenOffice, among others (or MS Office with a Plugin). Or for images: .svg for vectorial graphics (editable by Inkscape), or .xcf for bitmaps (editable by GIMP), etc.
1.3.7. Copyright license of your report<a rel="license" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/"><img alt="Creative Commons License" style="border-width:0" src="http://i.creativecommons.org/l/by-sa/3.0/88x31.png" /></a><br /><span xmlns:dct="http://purl.org/dc/terms/" property="dct:title">IES Sustainability Class Facebook Page</span> is licensed under a <a rel="license" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/">Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License</a>.<br />Based on a work at <a xmlns:dct="http://purl.org/dc/terms/" href="http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/home.php?sk=group_180872431958644&ap=1" rel="dct:source">www.facebook.com</a>.
1.4. Time-sheet / Chronogram
I chose this copyright because I want people to be able to share and continue the action after we leave barcelona.
1.5. References & Links
Eee, Jon D. "Eco Urban Hotels in Barcelona, Spain | EuropeUpClose." Europe Travel Guide, Blog and Community - Insider Travel Reviews, Tips and Advice. Europe Up Close LLC. Web. 22 Mar. 2011. <http://www.europeupclose.com/article/eco-urban-hotels-in-barcelona-spain/>.
Emmanual. "Recycled Water «." Green Living Projects. Europe Up Close LLC. Web. 22 Mar. 2011. <http://www.greenlivingprojects.com/blog/category/recycled-water/>.
Vanessaq Sienkiewicz is no longer a co-author in this page.
Assignment 4: Peer review form
Grades for this action report (From the PROFESSOR)