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1. ACTION: Sustainability Fund
A sustainability fund has already been established at IES Barcelona. We plan to continue the already implemented fund in more effective ways. Most IES Barcelona students purchase Spanish cell phones at the beginning of each semester and then either throw them away or leave them behind at the end of the semester when they return home. We plan to use the money gained from the resell of the used electronic devices for other sustainable projects and actions at IES. This fund could go towards implementing many of the actions that students are proposing this semester but do not have the adequate funding for as well as to actions in future semesters. IES has already put a small amount of money into the sustainability fund as well.
Currently, through our actions, we are trying to make IES a more sustainable environment. Most of these projects and proposals cannot be accomplished or carried out effectively without a certain amount of monetary compensation. Students need money for things like recycling bins and bikes as well as raw materials for building something like a terrace garden in order to complete their actions. This fund will allow IES students to transform their ideas into realities. The fund will help the future of sustainability at IES because students will actually have the chance to implement their actions using the money gained from the resell of electronic devices.
1.2.1. Potential Benefits
There are a huge number of benefits for the sustainability fund. The money from the fund can be used to concretely implement these actions. The short-term benefits will be getting a few of the actions started as quickly as possible while the long-term benefits will be making IES sustainable in more ways than one. The money used to implement the actions will make IES faculty and students aware of the changes happening around them. Most of the faculty and students are not aware of these sustainable actions because they are mostly kept within the classroom. However, this fund will help to make sure that faculty and students are incorporating sustainable behavior into their everyday activities. Making IES a more sustainable facility will not only cut down energy costs and save money, but will act as an example to students and even other members of the shared IES building, perpetuating sustainable values for students to bring home to the United States with them.
• For example, one group this semester is proposing a bike loan system at IES so that students have green, sustainable options for navigating the city. However, one of their main obstacles is the start-up cost they would incur from purchasing the bikes. At this time, they are not able to implement this healthy, green alternative for getting around Barcelona. The money from the sustainability fund could be used to buy a number of bikes in order to start this action.
1.2.2. Potential Costs
One of the potential costs of this action is the risk that students will not turn in their electronic devices before leaving Barcelona. Another cost would be human resources because a faculty member from IES would have to volunteer to be in charge of managing the fund and making sure the students were using it properly. This would also take time away from that person accomplishing their other obligations at IES. The costs seem to be very small in comparison to the possible benefits of this action.
Last semester, students involved in this action talked with Dawn Hiscock and IES Student Affairs about starting the fund. They decided that the best option for price setting was to set a base cost for all electronic goods donated to the collection. They agreed on 5 euros being the base price for all electronics. The money collected would be added to the fund, which would be used to implement the future sustainable actions at IES Barcelona.
Bari and I took this idea to the student council meeting and they were excited about continuing this project. This year, we will again ask students to donate their used electronic devices at the end of the semester. We will ask teachers to make announcements in their classes about this project as well as having as many students tell their friends about it. We talked to student council about putting more collection boxes around IES in order to make it easier for students to drop them off before they leave and if possible, we will also put up flyers on the bulletin boards regarding this action and its importance for the future of sustainability at IES. This cell phone supply will be kept by IES faculty and then resold to students in IES Barcelona in the upcoming semesters. Students will then pay IES a fee to rent the phone for the semester and return it to the collection at the end of the semester. Students buying and returning their used cell phones will continue the process over again in the coming semesters. IES has already agreed to add a certain amount of money per semester for other sustainable activities and actions as well.
Price for a Movistar Rechargeable Cell Phone – 19 euro
Bank Account from La Caixa
2009 Fall: Actions
1.5 Students Involved in this Action
Kate Landau (Leader)
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