April 10, 2015
Wrapping your mind around solving climate change can be a daunting task. Even focusing down to a state-by-state level, the impacts we’re feeling here in Vermont are sometimes driven by carbon pollution a world away. How do we engage in the complex work of making a noticeable difference without losing our collective marbles, not to mention our sense of humor?
The folks behind Vermontivate have a pretty good plan for that. Now in its fourth year, this community-based sustainability game tasks teams of players to take real world action on climate change. Built around the notion of “gamifying” the bigger problems in our world, Vermontivate tasks players with challenges ranging from upping energy efficiency, to looking at personal food and transportation choices. In the final “act,” players set long-term sustainability goals.
While the format is engineered to foster creativity and collaboration, Vermontivate is actually a competition, and along the way players can score coupons for free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and prizes from stores and businesses across Vermont. The winning team gets a trophy, bragging rights, and best of all, logistical and financial support for following through on those big time sustainability goals set out during the game.
Vermontivate is up and running now through May 2nd, and is open to all experience and age levels. Climate change newbie or seasoned activist, first grader or a retiree— every player will find a team that needs their talents and perspectives. Click over to the Vermontivate website to learn more and get started on your own community-based sustainability challenges.
Do A Waffle Lotta Good With Every Waffle Cone!
Your waffle cone just got even sweeter! From Oct. 3 to 17, we’re donating $1 for every waffle cone purchased in Scoop Shops to Advancement Project, a national civil rights organization working to progress human rights and build power in local communities.
3 Easy, Dorm-Friendly Recipes
Now that you've moved in and met the new roommate, it's time to start perfecting those late-night munchables. Luckily we have 3 that you're going to be making on repeat this semester.