Lowering Consumption of Energy in IES- Ale, Hannah

Lowering Energy Consumption Eco-Effectively

My definition for sustainability is the ability to sustain resources in order to reuse them efficiently and effectively.

1. "Lowering Energy Consumption"

What I plan to propose here is not only the actions of turning of lights and unplugging things that are not being used, or using windows verses airconditioning for air ventilation. I will also be propposing how students can be eco-friendly while traveling during their abroad semester. I will provide tips for example what to do in airports, what types of hotels to stay at, what to pack in your luggage, what types of transportation to use, what gifts to buy people back at home and many more.

2. What

Being students abroad also means traveling and getting to know new places. It means jumping into planes and flying to new countries or riding the train to different cities. I'll be focusing on not just how to lower the energy consumption at IES but also how to inform the students and motivate them to being eco-friendly. There are so many things one can do that will not only be eco-efficiend but also eco-effective and that is what I want to propose. In order to inform the students, IES will have to agree to either email the studends every once in a while reminding them the steps to being eco-efficient or maybe even have a guest speaker talk during the orientation period about this. In order to provide some incentives for complying with the travel tips and the lowering energy consumption in IES, students should receive points for every time they do one of these tips and by the time they reach a certain amount, for example, 10 points, they then could get a prize like the IES water bottle, or a tshirt or some type of prize.

2.1. Similar actions from previous semesters

E1: Increased use of window ventilation
E8: Bathroom light signs

2.2. SWOT Analysis



Energy comsumption would lower, and students would receive prizes depending on their points.
They don't benefit from it they don't get enough points, some students might not be traveling, lack of interest is a problem as well.m

Benefits as prizes, some prizes could be more beneficial depending on the amount of their points.
Students might not actually care about saving energy.

This is an image of an eco-friendly hotel in Greece:

1.1.3. Feedback loops
1.1.4. Advertising

3. Why this action makes things more sustainable

1.2.1. Potential Benefits

The potential benefits to being eco-friendly as you travel would be that in the long term your actions will have been eco-efficient and eco-effective because staying at eco-friendly hotels allows the hotels to make a profit whicy means they will become bigger and have more chains around the world causing more people to be aware of their services and this way more people begin to stay with these types of hotels.

1.2.2.Potential Costs

4. How

1.3.1. "Craddle to Craddle" design
1.3.2. Questions for the unified survey
1. Would you be willing to reduce energy consumption by simply turning off the lights in the bathrooms after using it?
2. Would you mind if your professors opened windows rather than used air conditioning and if yes, why?
3. If you had been more informed about how to be Eco friendly while traveling would you actually have taken the initiative to have been Eco friendly when traveling?

1.3.3. Analysis of the results in the survey
1.3.4. Incentives

5. Time-sheet/ Chronogram


7. Annexes

8. Students involved in this action

Maria-Alessandra Assenza
Hannah Weiss

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