Summary of Competition


Round One: Proposal
Propose a project that will result in behavior change to benefit the environment. We give you advice at the Incubator Workshop. At Round One, present your plan to judges. Convince them that your project will change behavior, and you could advance to the finals. 

Round Two: Finalists
Selected finalists receive up to $1,000 funding and support from area experts to develop and implement projects. We hold a second Incubator Workshop with students and area experts.

Mid Way Report:
In February we ask finalists to check in. Everyone will be changing behavior by now!

Final Event: Greenlight Award
In April, finalists present 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 section below will be updated with more details as they are available)


Sept – Oct.

Sign up and work on your idea

Nov. – Dec.

Incubator Workshop

Community experts will meet with teams to help. We present information about models of behavior change and suggest resources. We will also provide you with a trifold poster board to use at Round One. This is a unique opportunity to ask questions, take advice, and move your proposal forward. November 7, 7pm at Horace Greeley High School.

Written Proposal, Pitch and Poster at Round One

Complete the Project Proposal Form by Dec. 7th, and prepare a poster and a 3-5 minute pitch to make to the judges at the Round One Event on Saturday, December 15th from 9-11am in the Fox Lane Middle School gym.

You may display a trifold poster with information about your project at the event. Participants should carefully read the Round One Event Details, and be ready to answer the judges questions. The judges score the presentations and the best ideas move forward. Remember to review the score sheet the judges are using so you can be sure to address the criteria and score well.


Funding and Expert Advice at Incubator II

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. Date and location TBA.


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. The Mid-Way report will be due mid-February.


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. Date and location TBA.

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