Cleveland is currently the second most active city in the nation on SustainLane’s Local Action Challenge. With a whopping 284 points, we are beat only by Colorado Springs (which currently has 686 points).
SustainLane is hosting the Hopenhagen Local Action Challenge to empower people to be more environmentally responsible on the local level. Cities set up their own challenges and residents take pictures of themselves completing the challenges for points and prizes.
The challenges that Cleveland has set up for itself include: Change a Light Bulb (or two), Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (& Compost), Use Less Water, Adjust your Thermostat, Spread the Word, Calculate your Carbon Footprint, Drive Less, Eat Lower on the Food Chain, Plant a Tree, and Buy Efficient Appliances. These are all incredibly doable and we still have time to complete more challenges before the end of the contest!
Some of the challenges that Colorado Springs has going that I thought might be nice additions to Cleveland’s challenges include: unplug electronics, use reusable shopping bags, shop locally, use natural cleaners, use reusable containers for food, clean your fridge coils, convince a friend to use a reusable water bottle, and a 5-minute garbage pick-up.
I did notice that Colorado Springs chose tasks that might be easier/quicker to accomplish than Cleveland’s (with the exception of the fridge coil cleaning; that seems difficult) – which might contribute to their higher participation rates. I also noticed that the same people tend to be repeat task completers. My overall conclusion is that we need to get a broader range of people to participate, and it doesn’t hurt to start with low hanging fruit!
So how are our Great Lakes neighbors doing? Not so well. Here are the participating cities and their respective points as they currently stand:
- Chicago (22)
- Milwaukee (12)
- Columbus (6)
- Detroit (0)
- Indianapolis (0)
- Minneapolis (0)
Come on, guys! Let’s work together to “be the change we wish to see in the world”! And make your friends do this stuff with you – it’s a bonding experience.