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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. 

 

We help you find your voice, identify which actions best align with your city’s sustainability goals, track your impact, and report your results to stakeholders who need to know.

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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.

 

King County Strategic Climate Action Plan 

King County Cities Climate Collaborative  (also see K4C Climate Action Tool Kit)

City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and the Environment

Seattle Climate Action Plan

City of Bellevue Environmental Stewardship Plan 

City of Kirkland Sustainability Master Plan 

City of Redmond Sustainability Plan 

Issaquah Climate Action Plan

Burien Climate Action Plan

Edmonds Climate Action Plan

Sustainable Shoreline

Bothell Sustainability

Kent Environmental Stewardship 

 

See additional Keyword Searches for your city

Sample Student Impact Project Plans

 
 
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Impact Statements

 

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.  

 

Project Submission 

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.

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