One Change designs and delivers community engagement programs that move beyond simply raising awareness — encouraging people to take action, take part, make smart choices and adopt better behaviours.
The award-winning Project Porchlight started it all. But we haven’t stopped there. By engaging entire communities in positive, action-oriented campaigns we have created champions across North America willing to promote better, more sustainable and more effective choices for all. Below are several examples of our program approach in action as well as our consulting projects.
Engaging the Geomatics Community
One Change worked in collaboration with Natural Resources Canada and other partners and stakeholders across Canada to develop strategies for engagement with the rapidly evolving Canadian geomatics/geospatial community. One Change helped equip the community with new tools and options for better communications and interaction.
Community Engagement and Storm Water Management
Public engagement is critical to municipal progress on storm water management. One Change is completing a benchmarking program analysis and literature review to help guide the City of Ottawa in its efforts to incorporate community and lot-level measures into its storm water management planning.
Program Design and Implementation
One Change Energy Efficiency program “Project Porchlight”
The light at the front door is a beacon, a symbol of community, and a declaration of welcome to others. It’s also the place where the person-to-person communication at the heart of One Change occurs. Since 2005, over 14,000 volunteers in 1,400 North American communities have been engaged to carry the “Simple Actions Matter” message with a free energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) door-to-door in their own neighbourhoods. To date, more than 3.8 million CFLs have been delivered, with Project Porchlight campaigns having reached four provinces in Canada and three US states.
Building on the success of Project Porchlight, the One Change fuel efficiency program is a grassroots action campaign that empowers people to believe that simple actions matter. Our team will deliver free digital keychain tire gauges to communities across North America, offering a gateway to awareness and individual action on personal vehicle efficiency. Our fuel efficiency campaigns are designed to encourage motorists to adopt good tire maintenance and fuel efficiency behaviours that will put more money in their pockets and help protect the environment—simple actions matter!
One Change Water Conservation program “This Blue Dot”
It is estimated that 20% of all toilets leak. And one leaky toilet can waste up to 500 litres (132 gallons) of water in a single day! Statistics like this prompted us to create a program designed to raise awareness and encourage action on water waste. This Blue Dot is an award-winning water conservation program that encourages people to check for leaky toilets using a vegetable-based dye tablet or ‘blue dot’. We then go a step further and help people understand how easy it can be to fix a leak themselves!
Green the Season
In 2007, One Change was hired by the Ontario Power Authority to run a province-wide campaign promoting the use of seasonal LEDs (energy efficient Christmas lights). Working with two retail partners and more than 200 volunteers, we held light exchange events in 28 Ontario communities over one weekend in November 2007. Nearly four tonnes of wasteful incandescent light strings were collected and recycled in exchange for energy efficient LED light strings.
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