Recycling Used Electronics (Tess, Will)

1. What

Many students are required to buy european adapters to accomodate their U.S. electronics. They also have to buy european 'go' phones as well as other miscellanious electronic items be it hairdryers or straighteners. The purpose of this action is to encourage students to not just simply throw away the variety of electronic items they purchase while abroad after the semesters end but rather to donate them for future incoming abroad students to be able to reuse.

1.1. Similar Actions from previous semesters

The most similar action found from past semesters had basically the same concept of recycling used electronics however only seemed to offer it as an idea rather than offer much information of how to actually go about implementing the process. They did have interaction with the SC even creating an inventory for such recyclable items but did not really furthur their action from there. I plan to not only create a similar concept of an inventory with the reestablishement of the past actions website but actually put the action into practice by taking 'action' with the collection of such electronics to set the action in motion.

Below you can find a link to the most similar action from previous semesters:

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1.2. SWOT Analysis

Strengths -students save money - students reuse already purchased electronics -students contribute to a more sustainable environmentWeakenesses -students may desire to purchase their own products once here - students may want to keep any given electronics - students may not care enough to go out of their way to donate
Opportunities - if succesful this action could set in motion a cycle of reusing electronics as to not add unnecesary waste into the environment - it could also spread green awareness - it could grow to become apart of IES rather than just an addition to the program without the gurantee of its existence every year Threats - may not get enough student participation - students may find it inconvenient to drop off their used electronics - students may drop of unusable electronics

1.3. Feedback Loops

Variety of electronics given to IES from fall of 2012 IES abroad students -> Incoming Students for spring of 2013 semester borrow variety of electronics advertised as available through IES(reduce ecological footprint with elimination of cost/ material to purchase new items) -> Spring of 2013 IES abroad students return original borrowed electronics, as well as an possible increase in inventory from students who many have brought or choosen to purchase their own but have no use for them anymore -> Process starts over again with summer abroad programs into fall into spring etc and the cycle grows and reinforces itself.

1.4. Advertising

Advertising for this action will be executed through email. Just as we were able to implement the survey for our actions I plan to advertise the prospect of students donating their used electronics through the email database. It seems that in this day and age students tend to constantly check their email and or facebook as well as respond most prompltly to the convenince of the computer. The email sent is copied below under the Annex section.

2. Why this action makes things more sustainable ?

This action makes things more sustainable because it focuses on reusing a product that does not need to be repurchased by future IES abroad students. By reusing electronics students emphasis the importance of not creating unnecesary waste. They use the resources around them in a sustainable manner rather than in their typical frivalous exorbatent manner. It eliminates costs as well as, similar to a lois system, keeps a set of products circulating throughout a small community, the IES program.

2.1. Potential Benefits

The potential benefits of this action reside in the reduced costs future IES abroad students would have to spend on these given electronics. Also cycling them throughout the program would eliminate the waste of alternatively discarding them. If implemented throughouly this action has the potential to add a very sustainable element to the IES program.

2.2. Potential Costs

The aim is to ideally implement this action with zero cost. The inventory for such electronics will be created based off the amount collected from the fall of 2012's IES abroad students. From here the electronics will circulate thorughout the program freely until they have expended their lifetime. However there may be potential costs in the re establishement of past years previous actions of their inventory website.

3. How

This action will be implemented through the first stage of advertising. Once an email has been sent out to the IES abroad students participating in the fall 2012 Barcelona program people will be aware that this option exists. Once students are aware that this option exists they will be provided with a link in the email that directs them to reestablished website created by past actions that will ask them to specifey which items they wish to donate as well as offer them the option of a set of dates in which they can drop of their used electronics at the IES building in a designated bin. If possible the option of simply leaving their used electronics behind in their apartments would be another feasable, maybe more convenient and more succesful option. The left behind items would be collected from the apartements at the students departure.

3.1. "Cradle to Cradle" design

This action will deal with producing if none, little to no waste at all. Seeing as I plan to soley use the internet as a source of advertising as well as compiling an inventory I do not forsee wasting paper to create flyers. The only sort of waste possible would be in the containers neccesary to hold the recyclable electronics for future students. Yet even so these containers would be used for as long as possible.

3.2. Questions for the unified survey

Where will you throw away your used electronics you do not wish to bring back to the States once the semester has ended?

Do you plan on using your European adaptors again once you leave Spain?

3.3. Analysis of the results of the survey

8/16 people responded to the survey by saying that they would not use their electronics once they leave spain and would probably throw them away in a trash can. The other 8 said they would reuse their purchased electronics from abroad.

11/16 people responded saying they would be willing and rather prefer using used electronics as opposed to purchasing brand new ones upon their arrival.

3.4. Incentives

The main incentive of this action rests in the elimination of cost for the student. By creating a database of used electronics the incoming students would not have to pay for a new phone, adapter, or persay hairdryer. They would simpley borrow the designated device and return it at the end of the semester. However an incentive would exist for the beginning students from this semester who would kick start this action with their donations. They will be given the offer of Pizza if they choose to simply drop off their electronics before they leave.

3.5. Relationships with the "Sustainability Club" (SC)

Does not exist

3.6. How will this action be sustained when you are not here?

A website will be reestablished from previous actions to organize all of this information. Since alot of what this aciton is based around involves conveying the message through the internet I could still each new semester email out the website or ask the director of IES to incorporate it into one of his several welcoming emails simply notifeying students of the possibility. The only thing left would be to place a box for the used electronics in a public place towards the semesters end for students to donate their used items or return them if they rent them out from this action. Possibly the next students to take this class could help orchestrate this simple task.

3.7. Who will do what

I plan to reestablish the website and advertise for this action soley. I live in a highly populated IES apartement building consisting of to be exact 8 apartements with about 4 IES students in each and would be able to go around collecting peoples used electronics if they prefered to simply leave them in their apartements upon departure.

3.8. Comparison to similar actions from previous semesters

There are several similar actions to mine from previous semesters however each has had significant difficulty succesfully implementing their actions. Hopefully with the convenience of advertising through internet as well as my indendent effort to actively go door to door from apartement will render a more successful outcome.

3.9. Document format

© 2012 Tess Perese All Rights Reserved

3.11. Time-sheet/ Chronogram

Early November
Begin brainstorming a sustainable action based on class material up until this point
Mid November
Put thoughts down on paper to move forward with step by step process of implementing said action
Late November
Construct an email for advertisement, as well as reestablish existing website from past action
Early December
Send out email as advertisement
Mid to End of December
Compile an Inventory
End of December
Begin collection of items before departure

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5. Annexes

6. Students involved in this action


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