Summary of Competition


Round One: Proposal

Propose a project that will result in behavior change to benefit the environment. As you develop your plan, we will pair you with experts at an incubator workshop to give you advice and support. At the Round One event, teams will present a Trifold and 3-5 minute pitch of their plan to a panel of judges.  Convince us that your project will change behavior and that you will be able to show this change by at least 20 people, 20 times, and you could advance to the finals. Participants should carefully read the Round One Event Details.

Round Two: Finalists

Selected finalists receive up to $1,000 funding and support from area experts to develop and implement the selected projects. We hold a second incubator meeting with students and area experts to help move projects ahead.

Mid Way Report:

In early February we ask contestants to check in. Everyone should already be changing behavior by now!

Final Event: Greenlight Award

In April, all the finalists present the results of their projects and their data to a panel of renowned community leaders. The best project wins $500 and the Greenlight Award. Runners up receive $250.

See below for more specifics about the 2018-2019 contest (the below section will be updated with more details during the year)


Sept – Oct.

Sign up and work on your idea

  • Brainstorm ideas. Click here for ideas and resources.
  • Fill out the Intent to Participate Form¬†by October 15 so we may be in communication with you.
  • Work on your proposal with your team and faculty advisor. Meet with stakeholders, test your ideas in your community.
Nov. – Dec.

Incubator Workshop

Community experts will meet with you and help you with your proposal. We will present information about models of behavior change and suggest resources. This is a unique opportunity to move your proposal forward.

Written Proposal

Complete the Project Proposal Form by Dec. 7th.

Power Point Presentation / Poster

Pitch your proposal to the judges and answer their questions at the Round One event on Saturday, Dec. 15. The judges score the presentations and the best ideas move forward.


Funding and Expert Advice

Anti-idling campaign

Based on the proposed budget for your project, finalists receive up to $1,000 funding to develop projects and move on to the Finals. Bedford 2020 will explain the purchase order procedure to obtain approved funds. There will also be another opportunity to meet with community experts to answer questions and make connections.


Mid Way Report and Score Points Along the Way

Between the Round One event and the Finals, there will be opportunities for finalists to use resources available to them and complete tasks on time for points toward their final score.


Judges at the 2018 Finals

Final Presentation

At the Finals, finalists present their project and their measurable results before an audience and a panel of judges who score the presentations and choose the Greenlight Award winner and runners up. Certificates are presented to participants from Westchester County and all are celebrated for their accomplishments.

See Model Projects for examples and ideas for the Changemaker 2020 Challenge, or Return to the  Toolkit

Kickoff meeting

Incubator workshop

Round One Presentation

Finalist teaching kids to compost food waste

Finalist removing invasive species from park

Finalist at solar charging station and bus shelter

Final presentation at Bedford Playhouse 2018

Finalists at 2017 Finals

Award winners with their faculty advisor