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EcoChallenge returns: Get ready for 10.11.17

This year’s EcoChallenge starts on October 11 and ends on October 25.

EcoChallenge 2017

Get your team together

Create a team – even if it’s just two people – and register. It’s free (and fun)!

Take the challenge

  1. Choose a new sustainable action to take (at home or at work).
  2. Stick with it for two weeks.

Pick an action from a variety of categories — waste, food, energy, transportation, community and more — or make up your own.

Actions range from easy, like using a reusable coffee mug or taking shorter showers, to more challenging, like taking steps to insulate your home or install a rain garden in your yard.

Go for the win

A win for you: There are some great giveaways and grand prizes to reward you and your teammates for taking the challenge. But the long-term reward is feeling good about doing the thing you always-meant-to-do-but-never-got-around-to — that, after two weeks of doing, has become second nature!

A win for your workplace: This friendly peer-to-peer competition builds enthusiasm for workplace sustainability and is a good way to kick start or strengthen sustainability initiatives.

A win for your community and the planet: The daily actions we take can feel small, but they add up to a much larger collective impact. Here’s the impact EcoChallenge participants have had over the past three years:

Collective impact of EcoChallenge participants

Join others around the world

Last year nearly 15,000 people from over 40 different countries took the challenge!
Map of EcoChallenge participants

Tips for engaging your workplace

Set up a workplace team

  1. Register for the EcoChallenge
  2. To start a workplace team, select “start a team” and NWEI will help you invite coworkers to join. Or if a coworker has already created a team for you, select “join a team.”
  3. Choose your own EcoChallenge action(s) and encourage others to share their actions and goals, through the EcoChallenge site, an employee newsletter, a bulletin board, or wherever employees get information.
  4. Make a plan to achieve your EcoChallenge, and encourage your coworkers to do the same: Think through what you’ll need to take your new action – if you need to prepare anything, get it ready now so it’s easy from day one.
  5. Look through the tips for being a Team Captain for more ideas and a helpful timeline.

Set up a (friendly) competition

Team captains can challenge another team, and the team with the greatest number of EcoChallenge points wins. Do you share a building with other businesses? Get to know your neighbors through some friendly competition.

 

NWEIAbout NWEI, the organization behind EcoChallenge
Based in Portland, Oregon, Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire people to take responsibility for Earth. They believe the solution to many of Earth’s biggest challenges lies in the power of collective change. The EcoChallenge is an annual event to help people kick-start change and make smalls steps that lead to big changes for our planet.