IMPACT PROJECT DESIGN
Design it. Track it. Share it.
You can make an impact in your community.
Every year in the fall, our student Ambassadors facilitate Impact Project Trainings to empower other young leaders like you to design projects that matter in your community.
City Governments must lead on Climate Action
Impact Project Trainings are organized around cities because we want your project to be directly aligned with one or more sustainability policies, plans, or performance measures that your city values. We want to nudge both the staff and elected officials in our cities to do more toward resolving the Climate Crisis as well.
Here are a few examples from King County and selected cities.
Sample Student Impact Project Plans
For an Impact Project to be effective, it is crucial to be super-clear about your intended impact. Think about answering these prompts:
If I implement this (solution) then…. this is (the impact) I expect to achieve. It’s like a hypothesis.
Here are a couple of examples…
Who Gives a Crap
If I convince my family to only buy toilet paper from whogivesacrap.com, then I will be making an investment in a company doing business as a BCorp, which invests 50% of profits in funding a variety of water, sanitation, and hygiene projects, like building toilets, and providing soap and handwashing stations in countries like Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste, Kenya, and India. If I design a social media campaign with pictures, infographics, and my own video testimonials, posting on a regular basis, I can influence my friends and their friends to join me in buying all our toilet paper from this company which will generate an even bigger collective impact.
Boycott Fast Fashion - Carrot Mob* Ethical Fashion
If I boycott fast fashion, then I will show that sustainable fashion is both achievable and really creative. If I show that sustainable fashion is achievable, then others will follow suit and we will reduce our carbon and water footprints. If I get lots more people involved we can begin to vote with our dollars in association with BCorps building a movement around Ethical Fashion.
*A Carrot Mob is a reverse boycott where a large group of people agree to start buying only from ethical companies. This sends a market signal to all companies about what ethical consumers really care about.
STEP 1 Make a Draft Plan
Download the Project Design Questions to get started on your plan. These are the same questions that appear on the form submission below, but you will want a copy to work from in your own files. DOWNLOAD Word Doc
STEP 2 Copy and Paste
Copy and paste your project plan into the form below. Once you hit submit we will organize all of the project types and give everyone feedback and progress checks.
STEP 3 Return and revise your Impact Data
When you have completed gathering your impact data and reporting to stakeholders, you can return to this form to finalize your report by answering the last few questions. We will publish the strongest projects.