This week has been exciting for our team for many reasons. First, having the scope of work completed gives us a better timeline of our projects. Second, we are now sending out meeting agenda before each weekly check-ins as well as following up with minutes. We feel a greater sense of direction and ready to implement our projects.
There are three main deliverables and the progress is as follow:
1) Survey to gauge how much people know or don’t know about household hazardous waste. We have written the first draft of the survey. In writing it, we realize that wording needs to be intentional. One word can give off one connotation while another can drastically change the way the question is perceived. In addition, we brainstorm the delivery of the survey itself. While interviews seemed to provide more in-depth answers, we finally decided on short written surveys because we want to reach a greater number of residents. In addition, we will translate the survey into Chinese, Spanish, and Vietnamese to target the San Jose demographics.
What happens next with the survey?
February 11th: Spend the afternoon surveying people at the San Jose Flea Market, San Jose Technology Innovation Museum, San Jose Public Library, and Spartan community meeting. We want feedback on the survey to see if we can improve for other outreach events. In addition, we want to start analyzing results as we go about generating more effective outreach materials.
February 12th: Survey participants at the Immigration Reform Workshop at Orlinder Elementary School.
February 28th: Survey fans at the Earthquake soccer game and then residents at the Tet Festival Celebration. Try out our multi-lingual materials with people at the latter event since many attending will be non-English speaking.
2) Generate more reader-friendly outreach material. After browsing through the current outreach materials, from videos to posters, we realize that many are effective and some can be quite intimidating to people who can’t read English(children and non-English speaking residents). The language can be dense. For this reason, we are looking to turn some of the visual videos into pamphlets with short phrases explaining the graphic. We will then translate them into Chinese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
One of the partnerships we are excited to expand is the San Jose HHW Facility-San Jose Technology Innovation Museum partnership. We will look to see if the outreach materials we will generate are appropriate for the Tech Museum workshops that we hope the Museum will host for young children. We will aid in creating the lesson plan.
3) GIS Map to consolidate all retail drop-off sites in one location. Right now, there are separate lists/websites for various types of hazardous waste drop-off sites. They are electronic waste, automotive, thermostats, paint, batteries and cellphones, medical sharps, motor oil and filters, medicine, and florescent light bulbs. While some of the websites are elaborate and well-designed, they lack the integration that we hope our GIS map will bring. We will condense all these nine separate resources into one map with filters for easy search. Each location will be noted with a pin and when a website visitor clicks on the pin, they will be given the following information: whether or not appointment is needed, website, phone number, hours, what type of household hazardous waste. We would like to embed this to the household hazardous waste facility website, if possible.
We are in the midst of building our Excel database so we can coordinate with David from Branner Library for further actions.
We understand that all these projects sound ambitious given the time constraint yet we are going to try to accomplish them. As our team gets to know each other better, we are better at gauging each other’s schedule and supporting each other. We learn that success will require a lot of discipline, organization, and initiative. With that said, we are adapting habits that are conducive to success. Having meeting times with concrete tasks as well as planning weeks in advance have been very helpful.