Start a Team
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WHY START A TEAM?
Motivate your community to take action to save energy by starting a team on the Minnesota Energy Challenge.
- Set a team savings goal and track your team’s progress.
- Set up a competition between teams and see who stays on top.
- Sign up as many households as you can and watch your savings grow.
- Get the word out about your team in whatever way works best – no meetings required.
- Have fun saving energy together!
There are over 1,000 teams on the Energy Challenge for businesses, faith communities, schools, neighborhoods, environmental groups, block clubs and more!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
- Log-in or register to join the challenge.
- Submit a request to start a team.
- We’ll set up your team in about one business day.
- Sign up people to join your team.
- Use your team page to watch your savings grow!
How Do I Sign People Up for My Team?
There are several ways you can help people take the Energy Challenge and join your team:
- Paper Forms. People can take the Energy Challenge pledge on a paper form—which will then need to be entered onto the website. This can be a little more time consuming but has been extremely successful in faith communities.
- Kiosk Program. You can request a customized kiosk program that will run on any PC connected to the internet. The kiosk program is a stand-alone version of the EZ Energy Challenge that will automatically sign members up to your team. You can run this program at coffee hour, environmental fairs, special events or anywhere else!
- Pledge Cards. These cards allow you to collect contact information to connect with members later to see if they took the Challenge. The cards also have a tear-away for members to take home with them with the website address on it.
What Materials and Resources are Available for Teams?
- 1/2 page and 1/3rd page fliers
- Personalized paper EZ Challenge forms
- Window clings
- Team progress poster
- Sample presentations
- Sample newsletter articles
- Customized widgets for your website
- Computer Kiosk Program (easily sign up members to your team from any computer)
- Free presentations and Workshops by the Challenge coordinator Neely, who is also a certified residential energy auditor. You can also contact her for brainstorming, ideas, questions, etc!
Tips for Successful Team Campaigns
- Tell a story. A good story has a beginning, middle and end. Why should people take the Challenge? What is the benefit to your community? How do they participate? And when is the story over?
- Set goals. Some communities seek to sign up a certain number of households, some a pledged savings of a certain amount of carbon dioxide pollution. Decide which would be most interesting to your community and set a goal.
- Have a time limit. People are much more likely to participate if there is a time limit. Decide that you are going to promote the Challenge for a week, month or sea-son and let people know.
- Utilize assets. Major events, active groups or motivated individuals already active in your community can be huge assets. See how you can use existing events to promote your Challenge campaign.
- Keep people updated. Include the Energy Challenge updates regularly in newsletters and emails, use the team poster to update your progress publicly and make announcements as long as your campaign continues.
- Celebrate success! Once you have achieved your goal, sing it from the roof-tops! Thank everyone for their participation and make sure that people feel good about participating.
Team Campaign Ideas
FOR ALL TYPES OF TEAMS
- Link with a Major Event. Special annual events that bring together many people like annual meetings, anniversaries, pancake breakfasts, and book and holiday sales are great opportunities to sign people up for the Energy Challenge.
- Dangle the Carrot. Sometimes people need an extra nudge to interest them. Using incentives, like drawings or prizes, can help. Make sure your prizes fit the message—compact fluorescent light bulbs, programmable thermostats, whole home energy monitors, etc.
- Just Try to Beat Us. The great thing about the team standings on the Energy Challenge website is that it makes competitions that much easier! Challenge another classroom, church, neighborhood, organization or community to a month-long Energy Challenge race to see who can sign up the most households.
- Pick an Action and Run With It. Pick a specific action on the Energy Challenge, like biking, composting and five–minute showers, and focus your campaign on it. This will help make energy efficiency more concrete for your members and give you something to center events around.
- Youth Take Charge! Students looking for community service can use the Energy Challenge to do outreach and education for the community. Neely can meet with students to formulate a plan, train them on the Energy Challenge and then set them lose.
- Extra Credit! Many schools have had a lot of success when teachers assign the Energy Challenge as homework or extra credit. This can work perfectly with many science classes dealing with energy or climate change in general.
- Web 2.0. If students are using Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or other Web 2.0 social networking sites, use them! Create and join Energy Challenge teams, talk about the Energy Challenge and link to the website, contact people and ask them to join your team.