Projects: How-to and Ideas
Project Ideas for Your Environmental Club
You have your environmental group full of students determined to help the environment and change the world, so what’s next? Listed below is a six step guide to starting a project. Also, you will find tons of different projects and ideas that your environmental group can get involved in. If you need help implementing any of these projects, please contact PEYA by emailing info(at)peyalliance.ca.
Before you start thinking of projects…
You may want to find out what environmental needs exist right around you. Each school and community has different environmental problems. Ask yourself these questions:
- Does your school have a recycling program?
- If so, is it effective?
- Does your school or community have a litter problem?
- Are people in your school/community aware of environmental problems and the steps they can take to solve those problems, such as recycling and using environmentally-friendly products?
Once you have a general idea of your school’s situation, following the next couple of steps will ensure the success of your project.
1. Identify Problems
This is often the easiest part.
2. Brainstorm Possible Projects
With your group, discuss what you could do to solve each problem you identified. List possible projects that would address each problem, and try to write down as many details as you can.
For example, if the lack of recycling at school is a problem, you can speak with your school’s principal to find out why recycling is not taking place. *Hint* See PEYA’s guide on starting a recycling program at your school.
3. Choose A Project
Now you need to narrow down your project ideas and choose one that works for your group. Evaluate each possible project by asking some specific questions about the tasks required for the project. For example:
- How much time will the project take?
- What resources are needed?
- Who will you need to talk to?
- Does the project garner interest among group members?
4. Create an Action Plan
Come up with a goal (or goals) for the project and list all of the tasks that need to be accomplished (be specific) to meet each goal. Next to each task, list the group members responsible for it, and the dates each task should be completed. There needs to be enough time for group members to actually complete the tasks, so it’s important to set realistic deadlines.
5. Put the plan to action
Keep records of your progress and review your action plan if it needs tweaking or changes.
6. Assess the project
When you’ve completed the project, assess, review and celebrate! With your group, discuss:
- What went well?
- What didn’t go well?
- What did you learn?
- What would you have done differently?
- What advice would you give to other students embarking on the same project?
And don’t forget to celebrate! After all the hard work, you deserve it!
Tips: Be Prepared, Stay Positive, Be Realistic, Be Respectful, Keep Trying, and Be Open to Change.
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