Assignment #1: Get someone to take a green action

Read 'The Short List: The most effective actions U.S. Households can take to curb climate change'  

Pick an energy saving action, ideally from the short list or from a website such as or make one up.

Do or say something to convince one or more people to take that action sometime in the next week. Make sure it's an action they can (and do) complete before the week is out. Feel free to be creative. For example a well placed sign or an artistic installation of some kind might function as well as a personal appeal or an email campaign. 

You may not tell them that this is a class assignment or in any way bring the class into it.

AS A GROUP you must
  • By 1/28 prepare to present your assignment to the class for 5 minutes and answer questions for 10 minutes during the critique. Tell us:
    • General overview of what you did
      • Be sure to specify the expected impact of the action. Be specific about units (e.g. %age of U.S. residential energy use, lbs CO2, etc), number of people needed to achieve this savings (e.g. 10% of the U.S. population) and frequency the action would need to take place (e.g. 1 per household, weekly, etc).
      • What did you do? Which person or people were you targeting?
        • Who responded? Who didn't?
    • Walk us through your process
    • Anything else you think is really important
  • By 1/31 Post to the 2011 class Accomplishments "blog" with a brief writeup including at least one image of what you did.
EACH PERSON in your group should write up a single page documenting what you did and what you learned from it. Objectively reflect on your group's project and answer the following questions:
  • Why do you think it worked or did not work?
  • What would you do differently the next time?
  • Rate each person you worked with by name based on how much they contributed (more than others (+), less than others (-), or about the same as others (=)). An average rating will be reported back to each person privately after the first 4 assignments are done and will affect your grade if it is consistently less than others (-).