Providing IES Students with Water Bottles that they can use daily
I wanted to do my continued action on something that I know IES students would find useful even if they didn't care about being sustainable. By providing IES students with water bottles it would save them money because they would not have to buy bottled water on a daily basis. I know that IES students would use these water bottles which would make us a more sustainable school without the students having to change their daily lives.
1.2 Why this action makes things more sustainable?
This action is making IES more sustainable because students are not going out and buying plastic water bottles on a daily basis and wasting all of that plastic.
Change in Attitudes: IES students will be encouraged to use their water bottle and drink water and not be tempted to buy other kinds of drinks given that they already have a water bottle that they can fill up. Sometimes in situations where you already have to pay for water students can be tempted to buy other types of drinks. This will encourage students to just fill up their water bottle.
Reducing dependency on: By providing IES students with water bottles it will reduce their dependency on having to buy plastic water bottles and going through so many of them because they will have one that they use daily and will never have to buy one.
Ecological/Water footprints: This will help decrease the ecological footprint of IES students because they will be going through fewer plastic water bottles.
Externalization of costs: After meeting with the person about water bottles we concluded what the prices to purchase them would be without the logo. All in all it seems expensive, but it will save the students a lot of money on water which is very appealing and will encourage them to use the water bottles. If we purchase less than 500 water bottles it would be 3,020 euros, if we purchase more than 500 water bottles without a logo it would be 2,360 euros. Finally, if we purchase more than 2000 water bottles with no logo it would be 2,790 euros. It makes the most since to me to purchase more than 2000 and just distribute them every semester until you have to order more. All students should be provided with one for free and if they lose it or want another then they will have to pay for it.
Long term effects: This will effect our environment positively in the long run. Not only will it decrease the ecological footprint, but students will get in the habit of using a water bottle and will encourage them to use them after their time at IES.
-not as much plastic will be used
-students will save money
-ecological footprint of students will decrease
-encourage students to drink from durable water bottles instead of buying them daily and wasting plastic
-students will become in the habit of using reusable water bottles now and for the future
-students may not want to use the IES water fountains and would rather buy their own water bottles
-IES faculty may not agree that this would be a good investment
-IES faculty might make students pay for them on their own if they decide to order the water bottles
-Students may not want to drink the tap water from IES Barcelona and thus, would not use the water bottles
Reinforcing: If students get in the habit of using a water bottle daily and filling it up with a water fountain then they are likely to continue this habit and reinforce the idea of using a durable water bottle as opposed to buying drinks daily.
Balancing: If we do everything properly and advertise as much as we can, then students will take care of their water bottles and be able to turn them in at the end of the semester so that as many new water bottles will not be needed and so less waste.
1.2.3Potential Benefits __
The benefit for providing IES students with water bottles is that they will not go through dozens and dozens of plastic water bottles, thus, reducing their ecological footprints.
As mentioned before, the idea of water bottles and providing them for IES students is expensive but over time, it will pay for itself. Students will save so much money if provided with water bottles and will decrease their ecological footprints. If IES purchases less than 500 water bottles, it will be 3,020 euros. If IES purchases more than 500 water bottles, it will be 2,860 euros. Finally, if IES purchases more than 2000 water bottles then it will be 2,790 euros. We would also have to consider how much time and money would go into advertising the water bottles. Money for signs, who would take the time to post posters and send emails, etc.
Students in the past have tried to make it so that IES are provided with water bottles while abroad. I think that over the next couple of weeks we need to write up a proposal why we think it is important for students to be provided with water bottles and what the benefits would be. Although it does not seem realistic that they will be provided to us given that we only have several weeks left, we can work hard to make sure that they are ordered so that the water bottles will be here when the next group of students arrives.
1.3.1"Cradle to Cradle" design
The waste of this action will be the boxes that they the water bottles come in and if they come wrapped in plastic. We can either recycle the cardboard and plastic, or we can rip apart the cardboard boxes and use cardboard to make signs advertising for the water bottles and why it is important to use them and their benefits.
1.3.2Questions for the unified survey
Questions to be added to the survey after students are given and have used the water bottles for a while are:
-How often do you use your water bottle?
-How much money do you think you save per week no having to buy plastic water bottles?
-Do you drink more water now that you are provided with a durable water bottle?
1.3.3Analysis of the results in the survey
Students would use water bottles if provided by IES.
The mere fact that students can save money because they will not have to spend money on plastic water bottles is enough of an incentive. I don't think any student will choose not to use their water bottle. This will also encourage students to drink more water given that there are water machines in IES.
1.3.5Relationship with the "Sustainability Club" (SC)
We can order some water bottles without the logo on them and members of the Sustainability Club can try and sell them to the public which not only will benefit IES by making money, but it will also benefit the community because more people will be using water bottles and also won't be purchasing plastic water bottles daily.
1.3.6How will this action be sustained when you are not here?
-If we cannot order the water bottles by the time the semester ends, then we need to have a written of plan for the next group of members to look at so that they can follow this instructions and order the water bottles immediately and easily.
1.3.8Copyright license of your report
I would choose license CC-BY. The reason I chose this is because I would want to publish my ideas and would want to allow people to give me their opinions as well after reading what my ideas are. I think that it would benefit us to have many different ideas and put them together. Allowing for the action to evolve causes it to be sustainable.
1.4Time-sheet / Chronogram
Beginning of April: Persuade IES faculty why this would be a good investment
By the time we leave to go home: Order the water bottles so that the new group of IES students will be provided with them when they arrive.
1.5References & Links
1.6Students involved in this action
There were several students involved in this action. Soloman (leader),Mary Bowerman and I met to find out what the prices would be to order the water bottles. Now we need to try to implement it by persuading to the IES faculty why this would be a good investment. I met with the group and we contacted the administration to see what had been done in the past about getting water bottles for students and why this action had not been successful in the past. We were given prices and some numbers.
For my continued action, I would like to help continue to make IES Barcelona more eco-friendly by helping to make the idea of giving students reusable water bottles at the beginning of their abroad experience possible. Student's waste way too many water bottles as well as the money that they spend on them when they could instead be using a reusable water bottle that they can use to fill up with the water fountains in the IES buildings.
Survey Question: Would it be a good investment for IES to provide all students with a reusable water bottle at the beginning of the semester?
Assignment 4: Peer review form
Grades for this action report (From the PROFESSOR)