Today we kicked off October EcoChallenge – with over 10,000 participants and more than 700 teams signed up so far, we’re poised to make a stronger impact than any previous year. To celebrate the start of EcoChallenge and to make sure everyone knows what’s needed for a successful (and fun) Challenge, we have a handful of tips and suggestions to share. For more details, be sure to check out our new video and the FAQs.
What are the best ways to show that individual actions add up to significant collective impact?
First, make sure you’ve invited others to join you. Are there co-workers who might like to join your team? What about friends, family, neighbors or classmates? Your network can sign up even after EcoChallenge starts. Sharing the “why” behind your EcoChallenge can motivate others to follow your lead. We encourage you to do a self-assessment to celebrate the actions you’re already doing to live more sustainably (under each EcoChallenge action, there is a box you check to note that you’re “already doing this”).
What can I do from my dashboard?
Your dashboard is your personal hub during EcoChallenge – there’s is so much you can do from it. For starters, this is where you go to add actions or indicate you’ve completed an action. You can also view your action resources, check on your points, and add personality to your dashboard by uploading a profile or banner picture and mission statement—and don’t forget about answering reflection questions from your dashboard.
Do your actions and check-in every day.
Our collective impact is in real time, so make sure you’re checking in every day and logging both your daily actions that you complete and your one-time actions. It all adds up! If you forget to check-in, you can retroactively go back and mark an action as completed. We allow you to check-in retroactively four days back, not including the current day.
Sharing makes it even more fun.
Posting to the Participant Feed is an inspiring way to share your stories, challenges, and learn from others. Your team and other participants can view your posts and offer comments—and high-fives! Don’t forget to share your EcoChallenge stories on social media, too. We’ll make even more of a splash by reminding our networks why we do what we do, and why it’s important for both ourselves personally, and the planet.
What are EcoChallenge points all about?
During EcoChallenge we challenge you to change a habit that benefits you, your community, and the planet. You choose your challenge, and then earn points for completing your actions, engaging your community, and sharing your story. Your points add up to demonstrate your impact, and help your team win EcoChallenge competitions (if you are engaging in a friendly competition). Every time you check in on the current day, you get points. You can also earn points by posting to the Participant Feed, recruiting participants or a new team. And of course, every time you complete an action you also accrue points. For a full recap on points, click here.
Remember your “Why” and share it.
Whatever your reason for participating in EcoChallenge, remember your “why.” This is what sustains you for not only the duration of the three-week challenge, but more importantly, for a lifetime of making change for good. Take time to consider your own personal inspiration and motivation. Consider sharing your ‘why’ or your Challenge action using the EcoChallenge Selfie on social media with the hashtags #EcoChallenge and #MyEcoChallenge to inspire others.
Whatever your reason, we’re glad we’re on this journey together.