It all started with an epiphany: A light went on
One Change was formed by a group of neighbors in 2005 after its founder, Stuart Hickox, stumbled upon a compelling statistic from ENERGY STAR:
If every household in the United States replaced one incandescent bulb with a compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb, the reduction in pollution from energy production would be the equivalent of taking 800,000 cars off the road.
We realized that by making simple and universal first actions accessible to the public, we could create a gateway to broad public participation in conservation and efficiency programs. In a few short months we organized a door-to-door campaign where we would give away a simple catalyst tool (such as a free CFL) and discuss efficiency and conservation with our neighbors; One Change was born.
Today, in over 1,200 communities of all types across North America and with the help of over 14,000 volunteers, and 3,500 community groups, One Change has proven how a simple catalyst action, coupled with measurable and tested programs, can produce broad public participation in a variety of programs.