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.

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.

Participants, please see below for more specifics about the 2018-2019 contest (the section is updated as more details 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.

Written Proposal, Pitch and Poster at Round One

Complete the Project Proposal Form  and prepare a poster and a 3-5 minute pitch to make to the judges at the Round One Event.

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.

Jan. – March

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 be another Incubator Workshop to work on your timeline, data collection, and budget. If you need additional advice about your specific project, just let us know and we will work to find an expert to connect with you.

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.

  • Earn a point for attending the Incubator Workshop
  • Earn a point for completing the Mid Way Report on time.
  • Earn a point for emailing photos of your project in action to Bedford 2020 by April 1.
  • Earn a point for submitting your final project update¬†by March 28 and power point presentation for the finals by April 4.
  • Earn a point for practicing your final presentation with a faculty member and getting feedback from them on it. Your advisor should email Bedford 2020 to let them know this happened by April 5.

Judges at the 2018 Finals

Final Presentation

Monday, April 8, 2019 at 7pm in the Hayloft at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Pocantico Hills. 

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. Click here for Finals Tips and Timeline which includes links to submit your final update report and power point presentation.

At the final event, prizes are awarded and Westchester County certificates are presented to participants. All participants are celebrated for their accomplishments and commitment to making a difference. Bedford 2020 collects raffle prizes from area businesses to give away to attendees and the event is fun to see, so invite your family and friends!

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

Kickoff meeting

Incubator workshop

Round One Pitch

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