1. Action name
- 1.10 The New and Improved EcoEuro - Sean Tubridy
- 1.1. What
- 1.2. Why this action makes things more sustainable?
- 1.3. How
- 1.3.1. "Cradle to Cradle" design
- 1.3.2. Questions for the unified survey
- 1.3.3. Analysis of the results in the survey
- 1.3.4. Incentives
- 1.3.5. Relationship with the "Sustainability Club" (SC)
- 1.3.6. How will this action be sustained when you are not here?
- 1.3.7. Document format
- 1.3.8. Copyright license of your report
- 1.4. Time-sheet / Chronogram
- 1.5. References & Links
- 1.6. Students involved in this action
The New and Improved Eco-Euro
~A more feasible plan for the eco-euro. The design of the uses and distribution of the eco-euro that was created in past semesters is flawed and needed serious improvement. The eco-euro is the form of currency to be used in all matters regarding the Sustainability Club. As of now, eco-euros are very difficult to track and manage. There is also a lot of room for corruption and exaggeration of sustainable actions performed.
1.2. Why this action makes things more sustainable?
- Change in Attitudes
- Reducing dependency on...
- Ecological/Water footprints
- Externalization of costs
- Long term effects
- Feedback loops (balancing / reinforcing, lagged or not)
- SLEN vs. TINA
- Copyleft (CC)...
- Free Software
- "Cradle to cradle" design (Waste = Food)
- Eco-effectiveness (vs. Eco-efficiency)
~This action will improve the sustainability of IES Abroad Barcelona by giving students incentives to act in more sustainable ways. If students receive eco-euros for their actions, they are more likely to change their attitude about sustainability. By offering students eco-euros, my action will greatly reduce the ecological and water footprints of IES. Students will habitually turn off the lights, take the stairs instead of the elevator, and use the correct button to flush the toilet. Eventually, eco-euros can be used in some way with SLENs around Barcelona .
1.2.1. SWOT Analysis
|Makes students engage in sustainabile actions||People could take advantage of the generosity of IES|
|Informs students of ways they can save energy and resources||Completely useless if there is not a dedicated treasurer|
|Creates a community type of system within IES BCN||Difficult to keep track of Eco-euro transactions|
|Provides a link between Sustainability club and other action plans||Communication between IES students and staff is sometimes troublesome|
|Students can use the currency toward field trips||Corruption|
|IES will become more sustainable||Lack of interest in sustainability club|
|Opportunity to experience how a society can function without cash money|
|Chance to interact with IES staff and community|
1.2.2. Feedback loops
Balancing loop: When students conserve energy, the ecological footprint of IES decreases. As the ecological footprint of IES decreases, IES staff will be more willing to allow students to use eco-euros on field trips. If the staff is more generous with eco-euros, students will be more likely to act in ways that will conserve energy.
1.2.3. Potential Benefits
~Both IES Abroad Barcelona and the students can benefit from eco-euros. In order to receive eco-euros, the students will be more likely to act in a more sustainable way, thus reducing the energy IES uses. The students can then use the eco-euros to rent bikes, get produce generated from Woofer day of service, and even get discounted field trips.
~In more detail, everybody benefits from eco-euros. The community benefits by having students invest in local produce, recycling, and biking instead of using public transportation.
~A long term benefit is that students will develop habitual energy saving techniques that they will take back to the states. Another long term benefit is a more complete, functional, and attractive Sustainability Club.
1.2.4. Potential Costs
One potential cost is a monetary cost from IES. By offering students the ability to use the eco-euros to decrease the amount of field trips, IES is losing money. Another cost is the amount of time students will spend going out of their way to engage in sustainable activities such as the optional sustainability club field trips to Can Masdeu and Mas Franch. The treasurer of the Sustainability club will have to sacrifice the most time as it will be his job to regulate the distribution and flow of eco-euros. This will be a time-consuming job, but it will be rewarding. Somebody will also have to edit the tiki page of the Sustainability Club website to record any transactions.
It also takes time to create the advertisements for Sustainability Club.
~The first thing that must be done is advertise for Sustainability Club and for the ways students can benefit from using eco-euros.
~In order for this action to continue and improve in the future, the most important aspect is to have students who are patient, dedicated, and willing to work through the problems that might occur when implementing eco-euros.
~Only members of Sustainability Club can receive and spend eco-euros. This will hopefully increase students' participation in Sustainability Club and draw more people to join on the website. Another reason that only members will be allowed to participate in the eco-euro system is that because the transactions are recorded on the website, each student needs an account on the Sustainability Club website.
~The treasurer of the Sustainability Club will be in charge of recording and monitoring the flow of eco-euros. This is a big job and requires dedication. This student will have to work with Xavi to learn how to use the free software on the website that helps track currency exchanges. This person must also be at each meeting in order to record the eco-euros that students have earned. (The president can do this is the treasurer cannot attend the meeting)
~The eco euros can then be delegated and spent according to this table
|President of Sustainability Club||+35 eco-euros|
|VP of SC||+35 eco-euros|
|Secretary of SC||+35 eco-euros|
|Attending Video Forum||+10 eco-euros|
|Using a recycled cell phone||+5 eco-euros|
|Bring in a bag of recyclables||+5 eco-euros|
|Attending field trip to Mas Franch||+35 eco-euros|
|Attending Can Masdeu field trip||+25 eco-euros|
|Maintaining and updating SC website||+15 eco-euros|
|Attending SC meeting||+2 eco-euros|
|Attending Woofer day of serive||+15 eco-euros|
|Renting a bike||-5 eco-euros/day|
|Attending field trip||-15 eco-euros/trip|
|Fruit from Woofer||-1 eco-euros/item|
|Leading a bike tour||+10 eco-euros|
|Using a reusable bag||+1 eco-euro/week|
|Using a reusable water bottle||+1 eco-euro/week|
|winning recycling contest||+20 edo-euros|
~This table can also be found on the Sustainability Club website
1.3.1. "Cradle to Cradle" design
~There is no waste produced by this action, since the eco-euros will be recorded online in the Sustainability Club website, there is no reason to create or print physical currency. This is not only a tedious task, but it is not eco-effective. It would be a complete waste of paper and people would easily lose their currency. If it is an online transaction, the chances of losing eco-euros is much less likely to happen.
The only waste is my time that was spent improving the eco-euro, which is food for the action
1.3.2. Questions for the unified survey
My question for the unified survey was about water bottles, so I did not have one regarding eco-euros. However, I spent the a day at IES asking people whether or not they knew what eco euros were. I asked 25 students. I decided not to ask students in the sustainability class, because they obviously knew about eco-euros.
1.3.3. Analysis of the results in the survey
~An overwhelming majority of people surveyed said that they had not heard of eco-euros. 21 out of the 25 students I asked had never even heard of eco-euros. This surprised me. Because I am a member of Sustainability Club myself, I know that there aren't too many members who attend the meetings, but I expected more people to know how they can benefit from the eco-euro system. From this, I concluded that there was not enough advertising done to stress how beneficial engagement in Sustainability Club can be for students.
~In order for students to join Sustainability Club and participate in the eco-euro program, there are certain "prizes" that students can "buy" with their eco-euros. For example, in the past, I know Cesar Alegre the director of IES BCN has offered to allow students to use their eco-euros to pay for a part of an IES sponsored field trip. I would recommend a max 10% of the cost of 2 pre-selected field trips can be paid for in eco-euros so IES doesn't have to lose too much money. This will be the main incentive for students to participate. However, with eco-euros students can also rent a bike for the day and explore Barcelona in a way that produces zero waste and provides exercise. The students will also have the opportunity to buy home-grown produce that IES received from the students who participated in the Woofer day of service. Students can learn to act in a more sustainable way and get rewarded for doing so.
1.3.5. Relationship with the "Sustainability Club" (SC)
~My action will partner with the Sustainability Club. One of the rules of eco-euros is that in order to be a part of the system, you must also be a member of Sustainability Club. A lot of the management of eco-euros will take place at the end of each meeting. The treasurer of the Sustainability Club will be the one in charge of recording and controlling the flow of eco-euros and will also serve as the liaison between student and staff when the eco-euros are used for field trips.
The tracking of the eco-euros will be included in the Sustainability club website on the Tiki User Credits tab.
1.3.6. How will this action be sustained when you are not here?
~The president and treasurer of next year's Sustainability Club will need to emphasize the importance of conserving energy and recycling, and also the benefits of gaining eco-euros. These two students will need to evaluate my plan for the eco-euros and change it as they see fit. Because I have not put my plan into practice yet, there will be kinks that need to be worked out. In order to be sustainable, the action must be resilient and be able to recover from problems and breakdowns. There will need to be a lot of advertising done in the beginning of the year to inform students about the great opportunities they have through Sustainability Club.
1.3.7. Document format
I used Microsoft Word to make the advertisement and it is saved as a PDF. If necessary, a .odt version can be produced easily. The software (Tiki User Credits) used in the Sustainability Club website to regulate currency is a Free Libre Open Source Software.
1.3.8. Copyright license of your report
This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.
I chose this creative commons license so students in the future are free to change and build upon my action plan as they please. In fact, I encourage a student to improve upon my design of eco-euros.
1.4. Time-sheet / Chronogram
|17/3/2011||23/3/2011||April, 2011||September, 2011|
|Sean Tubridy||Brainstorm eco-euro ideas||Finalize design of eco-euros||Contact Cesar about exact money he is willing to spend|
|Next year's SC president||Appoint treasurer|
|Next years treasuer||Figure out how to manipulate the SC website and begin recording eco-euro tansactions|
1.5. References & Links
Mulrooney, Connor, and Jack Krieger. Eco Euros. Barcelona: n.p., 2010. Web. 28 Apr. 2011.
1.6. Students involved in this action
~Sean Tubridy is working on the design of the eco-euro system alone, but the current Sustainability Club president Solomon brainstormed incentives with him.
Assignment 4: Peer review form
Grades for this action report (From the PROFESSOR)