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Raising Awareness about How you can Help

Blog to Raise Awareness! (Global Warming, Communities, "Green" Companies)


1.1What
There were several people in our class that wanted to do blogs for the new action. Thus, we all decided to do separate blogs but focus on something different. Sometimes it can get overwhelming if too much different information is under one blog. I focused my blog on global warming, how communities are becoming more eco-friendly, sustainable development and also how companies are becoming more eco-friendly. Eco-friendly means that it is an action in which has no harmful effects on the natural environment. However, I plan to update my blog with new information frequently.

http://learntobesustainable.tumblr.com/

http://iesgogreen.seeds4c.org/tiki-list_posts.php


1.2Why this action makes things more sustainable?
To start, there are no tangible materials necessary to create a blog besides a computer and thus, there is not waste produced as a result of this action. This blog raises awareness to students and different measures that are currently taking place to help the problem. Although the topics that I cover may not directly effect students right now, but when they return home or in the future they can relate to these ideas and may decide to pursue them. It is improving the sustainability of IES Barcelona simply because it is raising awareness and showing that tons of people are out there trying to make a difference in many different ways.


Change in Attitudes: I think that after reading the different blogs students will be more informed about little ways that they can change their daily routines can make such a difference in the environment. They will see things differently and when going to throw a water bottle away they will second guess it and hopefully choose to recycle it.

Reducing dependency on...: with the current global situation with regards to global warming, sometimes students may feel an obligation to research ways in how they can help...but now this information is being sent straight to them and so it will be so easy for them to access it and follow through with some of these actions.

Ecological/Water footprints: Being aware of different ways in how students can be more sustainable will automatically decrease their ecological footprints.

Externalization of costs: There are no costs for creating a blog, but it does cost the time of the students to read the blog which they may all not be willing to do.

Long term effects: Reading my blog will cause IES students to think about the future. Discussing communities and "green" businesses are things that are in their future. Many may decide that they want to work for a "green" business or work for a company to make it more sustainable.

Free Software: The blog page is free and thus is considered a version of "free software." Although it costs time, the program is free.

Eco-effectiveness (vs. Eco-efficiency): If students take the actual measure suggested in the different blogs then the blog is considered to be eco-effective.


1.2.1SWOT Analysis

Strengths
-easily accessible for students
-saves paper as opposed to printing out flyers
-does not actual money (but does cost time)
-raises awareness to IES students

Weaknesses
-If there are a lot of blog about sustainability, not all of them may be read
-too much information on one specific blog post can overwhelm people and may not choose to read it

Opportunities
-IES students can make a difference
-the things that I mention will make IES students think about not only the present, but more so the future

Threats
-different websites may have different information and some could be inaccurate

1.2.2Feedback loops
Before the blog students may not have been aware of what global warming was or how they can help in their own communities. The blog may cause them to realize how they need to make a change and stop with their way of polluting and not being aware of how much waste they are going through. The balancing loop is that they will stop with their ways and decrease their ecological footprint.


1.2.3Potential Benefits
Although there are not immediate benefits, a huge benefit is that the blog will raise awareness. It is so important for our generation to be aware of this because we are the future and we need to make a change now.


1.2.4Potential Costs
Although creating and reading (using) a blog does not cost actual money, it does cost time which may not interest many people. It costs time to create it, but it also costs time to read it.

1.3How
I sent our sustainability class a link to my blog hoping that they will read it and give me feedback. Now I have posted my blogs to the IES sustainability website and hopefully students will take advantage of reading it.

http://iesgogreen.seeds4c.org/tiki-list_posts.php


1.3.1"Cradle to Cradle" design
There is no waste that comes from creating a blog. This is one of the reasons why I chose to create a blog.

1.3.2Questions for the unified survey
For my survey questions I asked if students would follow through with things that they learn after reading the blog. Once they have read the blog I would like to send out another survey asking:
1) In what ways have you changed your daily routines to be more sustainable after reading the blogs?
2) Do you think that you will continue these practices once you return home to the USA?

1.3.3Analysis of the results in the survey
IES students think that a blog informing them about ways to be more sustainable would be beneficial.

1.3.4Incentives
People looking at the sustainability website will be interested in the blog post; it is a convenient place to have a blog.

1.3.5Relationship with the "Sustainability Club" (SC)
We now have our blogs posted on the sustainability club website.

1.3.6How will this action be sustained when you are not here?
Hopefully I will be able to post the link of my blog on the Sustainability Club website and thus, one of the next group of students can continue updating it as their continued action.

1.3.7Document format
http://learntobesustainable.tumblr.com/
I chose to do my blog on tumblr. com because this is what Abby suggested. I usually use blogger.com, but for this purpose I felt that tumblr.com was better. It is very easy to use and you don't have to have a tumblr.com account to access it which is the situation most IES students will be in. Although a FLOSS blog would have been even more sustainable, for what I am using the blog for, Tumblr.com was perfectly appropriate.


1.3.8Copyright license of your report
I would choose license attribution CC BY. I think that it would be beneficial for people to add their suggestions and facts to the blog page. There is not much that could be falsely added to the page when giving suggestions of ways to help the environment. If I was doing a blog on a more right and wrong topic then I would not use this source of a license and would choose one that would only allow people to download my work rather than change it or add to it.

1.4Time-sheet / Chronogram

Last week of March: Get classmate's/professor's feedback
First week in April: Update Blog
Once a week in April: Update Blog
Last week April/First week of May: Post blogs to IES Sustainability Club website


1.5References & Links
The other blogs in this class will be posted on the IES sustainability club website where mine is posted and so students will be able to read a variety of different things about sustainability and be able to do so not having to search in many different locations; it will all be found in the same place.

http://iesgogreen.seeds4c.org/tiki-list_posts.php


Other places that students may want to visit to find out similar information are:

http://www.greencommunitiesonline.org/

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/science/topics/globalwarming/index.html


1.6Students involved in this action
There were several girls that wanted to do a blog. Vanessa and Mary created a blog along with me, Carla and Abby all created different blogs about different things. Carla was going to focus on transportation, Abby on food, and me on communities. We talked and worked together so that we would not overlap with each other's ideas. People can now access all of our pages in the same place.

 Assignment 4: Peer review form

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Items found: 15
Grade per action ReviewerComments
89 MbowermanI think the blog is great way to share information. It's also great that you are focusing on one aspect because your right things could get cluttered if you were all doing one blog.
90 gnardii think all blogs are a good idea and a sustainable way to share knowledge. I agree with M.bernstein that many people know about global warming but not enough. I know i personally wish i knew more. You could talk about global warming in a way that relates to people our age and people our age understand. A thing to work on may be a really good incentive.
90 Kmacdonald4The blogs are an easily accessible way for students to get information on sustainability issues you will just need to make sure to send out notifications of new posts to ensure that students continue to check the blog for new information. I like that yours does not focus only on Barcelona but on other communities as well because its a global issue.
92 vydraI like how you guys are all doing blogs on different topics. I think you're right, that if there is too much information on one blog then people will get overwhelmed and end up not reading any of it. I think that you guys should put easily visible links to each others' blogs on each of your blogs to increase the sustainability of all of your blogs.
92 obiajuluThe blog is a good way to reach a lot of students it also makes it more resilient by putting it on the internet
92 steph.eastlakeI think this is a great way to get more information out about sustainable actions. I think that the information in this blog will help students and faculty become aware of sustainability and learn how to change their attitudes and act accordingly.
92 seantubridyLike everybody has said, blogs are a very easy, cheap, and eco-friendly way to spread information to others. Your blog about global warming is good because it informs students and others about the issue of global warming. Make sure your feedback loops return to the starting point. Good job on the blog
93 Brian McNevinThe blogs are really good easy ways to get across ways to become more sustainable. I really like how yours shows how other communities and businesses are becoming more eco-effective, not just give suggestions on how to. That way you can see something that is actually already implemented and is working.
94 vsienkieThis is an interesting blog topic. Maybe you can offer some posts about how students can help their communities become more sustainable in Barcelona and also back in the USA.
94 carlafI'm a huge fan of blogs so I really like this idea. I especially like how it is specifically about global warming and the current environmental situations in different communities. I would definitely regularly check a blog like this! By comparing our community to other MORE sustainable communities, it would encourage people to follow in their footsteps.
94 SolomonBPIt's good that you all split up the different blog topics. As is the case with all the other blogs, I will be sure to create a link to your blog on the Sustainability Club web page and facebook. Just be sure to give me the proper URL when the blog is created. I think taking one blog to focus on the potential disasters today's global warming could bring forth is very important to increase consciousness and commitment to sustainable means of living. Of course not many students are inclined to follow informational blogs while abroad, so maybe there is some kind of incentive we can come up with to spark interest in reading your blog. Perhaps members of the course who are successfully able to answer a "quiz" on your blog posts will get rewards from the SC.
95 jschayeBlogs really are a great way to save paper. I think having the wide variety of options on the page of how to be sustainable is a great plan. It will definitely encourage participation.
96 m.bernsteinyour topic on your blog is a great one. Many students know about global warming but dont really understand the true effects it has on our environment. A possible threat to your action could be getting students to read it. A big incentive should be used to reel students in.
96 CFaheyThis was a great idea because blogs are especially easy to get information across to a range of people. You also said that you were including links on Facebook which will be easily available to all students in IES because it is such a popular networking site. The best part about your action is your links to the other blogs and the links on your blog to the sources. Its great that blogs create no waste so this is a very sustainable action.
98 Sarah Colethis is a great way to inform students of global warming. I think your only issue will be to get students to read it but if you can find a way this is a really good way to teach students about global warming and its effects.


 Grades for this action report (From the PROFESSOR)

Items found: 2
2.11 Raising Awareness about How you can Help (Julia Nutt) Good Attempt to create a more specific blog, with a different goal than the others. Improvable Presentation: why changing styles of headings? Revise it based on 2011a General comments The title of the action is not clear enough. Be more precise on the topic of your action. You can use the title of the blog as a reference? "I focused my blog on global warming, how communities are becoming more eco-friendly, and also how companies are becoming more eco-friendly. However, I plan to update my blog with new information frequently." define eco-friendly. the first post (about global warming) has no indication on how to become more eco-friendly. The blog is not updated as you said. Only three posts, and all of them the same day. Why tumblr.com? It's not FLOSS, and you seem to have reached only one follower. Maybe too many blogs scattered around? Consider migrating your blog to the SC website, which we might syndicate with the blogs in IES barcleona, or Moodle website (as we did with the calendar of the SC website in the right column of the moodle website). Why. "Resilience: many times students aren't aware of ways in which they can help out the community, and so simply by informing them more about global warming and different ways they can help just by changing little things about their daily routines will make a huge impact." I'm afraid that this has very little (if any) to do with resilience. Please, improve, and make the connection clearer. (or remove the paragrah). "Change in Attitudes: I think that after reading the different blogs students will be more informed about little ways that they can change their daily routines can make such a difference in the environment. They will see things differently and when going to throw a water bottle away they will second guess it and hopefully choose to recycle it. " How many people read your blog? How many people changed their attitudes by reading your 3 posts? how many people recycled bottles due to that blog? Why not promoting eco-effectiveness instead: redesign the consumption to avoid waste, etc? Read this from the feedback to another action: Glass bottles are much more recyclable than most cans (at least in Spain, and possibly, many other European countries): cans are made of aluminium in the lids, and iron in the body; and the whole product is not as easy to get fully recycled (they are more down-cycled, as far as I know, loosing quality in the process) than glass bottles. Moreover, our generation is too much used to buy and drink a few small cans or bottles (200-360 ml) instead of buying a larger bottle (1l - 2l), preferable made of glass, and serve cups or glasses with it. This later process produces less waste than the same amount of liquid in small containers (traditional cans or small bottles). Or even better if you get a 5l container (beer, wine, water, etc) than smaller bottles. Or even better to go to a pub/bar and drink there from a big barrel (20-100l?), with is not recyclable but reusable, which is even better ("eco-effectiveness" is better than just "eco-efficiency", don't forget it). So by making a contest on something which implies using and collecting cans, you might be promoting that people going to pubs/bars, using 5l or so containers, 1-2l bottles, or glass bottles switch into cans to participate in the contest, and thus, increasing their ecological footprint and changing habits into something less sustainable. "Externalization of costs: There are no costs for creating a blog, but it does cost the time of the students to read the blog which they may all not be willing to do. " Well, time is a cost. And you will have externalized that indeed if it's not you who migrate your content to some other blog in the SC website, or facebook, or somewhere else with more potential readers in the near future. The same if it's not you who adds content to that blog... "Free Software: The blog page is free and thus is considered a version of "free software." Although it costs time, the program is free. " Please, re-read notes and reading from the session about FLOSS. You are demonstrating you mind was not present at the sessions when we discussed about FLOSS, and the assignment (and the correction on class some days later) seems to have been useless for you. Please, learn some more about FLOSS and improve your report. (and even better if you use some FLOSS tool for your blog; the website from SC is FLOSS, or Wordpress is also, as two quick examples). swot. W: "-too much information on the blog can overwhelm people and may not choose to read it " Well, too much per post, not per blog, or website, as far as I know. O: Use the ecoeuro system of incentives. Feedback loops: "The balancing loop is that they will stop with their ways and decrease their ecological footprint. " Please, re-read class notes, and readings/slides, if needed, from session 2, and improve! Potential costs: improve about time to design it, migrate it somewhere else, etc. Create advertisement flyers or posters about it, or a note in the student booklet, etc. Survey questions, and analysis: "IES students think that a blog informing them about ways to be more sustainable would be beneficial. " Be more precise: number of answers, etc. Also, revise your answer based on 2011a General comments Incentives: "Once my blog has been critiqued, I will post it on our IES Barcelona facebook group as well as through IES email. " This is not about incentives. Improve. Moreover, provide full details of what you posted (link? copy of the messages as an annex at the end of yor report?...) Why not using ecoeuros as incentive to post in the blog?... Much easier, also, if the blog is at the SC website, where the treasurer can review easily within the same website which students posted where, how much, when, etc., and grant them the corresponding ecoeuros there. "Hopefully I will be able to post the link of my blog on the Sustainability Club website and thus, one of the next group of students can continue updating it as their continued action. " How will they reach you in order to post in your blog in tumblr.com? ... Document format: improve. "I chose to do my blog on tumblr. com because this is what Abby suggested" Why? it's easy, etc., like many others, and has some disadvantatges (not FLOSS, nor many IES Abroad users following it, it seems). Why didn't you think to post in the IES Barcleona sustainability facebook group from last semester? Time-sheet: Revise it based on 2011a General comments References: "The links to Abby and Carla's blogs will be useful as well as Vanessa and Mary's facebook page! " Provide them yourself!
"for what I am using the blog for, Tumblr.com was perfectly appropriate. " You seem to have miss-understood part (at least) of the goal of FLOSS and a platofmr where other users can edit your content and improve without requiring your password. Congratulations for the decision to migrate your content to the common website for all students (and also using FLOSS) You have pasted all y our posts from your former blog into one single blog post: http://club.iesbarcelona.org/article26-Raising-Awareness Maybe too much for a single blog post? time costs: how much? feedback loop: missing a well identified one. Re-read your class notes about feedback loops. 2nd


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