The seven steps to completing a successful entry for your environmental project should include:
Step 1: Give us your team and project details
Provide us with details about your team members, project name etc and how to contact you in the event that your project is selected for the finals.
Step 2: Choose your subject
Tell us what your project is about, and what environmental problem you are trying to solve. Why did you choose this project? How long have you been working on it? After registering the Project galleries show other teams projects to help give you ideas.
Step 3: Define your objectives
What is your desired situation – the project result that solves the problem? What impact it is having or can have on your local area? After registering the ‘Teacher resources’ and ‘Youth leader resources’ areas hold documents and activities to help you with this.
Step 4: Do your research and fact finding
The judges are looking for activities that show the need for your project. How did you research the need for your project? Describe the research you did concerning the background to your project. What was situation before you started? What support came from local authorities, local companies or non-governmental organisations and policy-makers? After registering the ‘Teacher resources’ and ‘Youth leader resources’ areas hold documents and activities to help you with this.
Step 5: Write your action plan
The action plan should be a list of practical actions that the group has taken and will be taking, to help reach the desired objectives. They could be physical things such as tree planting or they could be communications-based actions, for example launching a campaign using press and posters or writing a policy for environmental improvements and presenting it to their local authorities. If the team has some recommendations for authorities or companies these should be included. The judges will be looking for evidence of actions taken and their impacts.
Step 6: Define your results so far
This should describe the vision and targets for environmental improvement. For example, by how much does your group think water or energy use in their school could be reduced? How are you measuring your success? What impact has starting a project had on your community? Who is involved and supporting you? If the project has been running for a number of years, how have you measured your impact? After registering, see the finalists results and compare them to your own.
Step 7: Summarise and submit your project
This section should briefly describe the background, your project goals, the activities carried out and the results of your activities. Once you have completed all the steps simply submit to the web site or send us your entry. You are now in the competition!