The British Columbia Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA), a registered charity providing public and youth education runs a flagship program, Cool It! Climate Leadership Training. This program educates young people on climate science, providing them with the tools to take action at home to reduce their environmental impacts. Currently aimed at students in grades 4 through 7, BCSEA provides workshops in classes that lead to students participating in a 4-week climate challenge, which includes providing actionable steps to reducing greenhouse gases. Presently, students are given a carbon footprint quiz that allows them to audit their current at home greenhouse gas practices and then they are provided with a booklet with 24 actions in 8 categories that give the students and their families a roadmap to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.
The BCSEA hired Vibe9 Design to digitize this climate challenge and carbon footprint quiz so that it is offered on a web platform rather than a printed booklet.
BCSEA had a number of goals for the project. One goal was to have the carbon quiz done at the beginning of the 4 week challenge and redone at the end of the 4-week challenge. Another goal was to have carbon emissions information being attached to each action in challenge (i.e. biking instead of driving a car to work will save xxx in CO2e) providing the user with a ghg emission reduction number at the end of the challenge.
In order to achieve these goals, Vibe9 Design was provided with a detailed set of complex calculations that was used to create a custom plug-in. This plug-in was built to integrate with Craft CMS in order to achieve the above goals.
Vibe9 also provided BCSEA with the he ability to create individual profiles, ways to group individual profiles (i.e into classes, workshops, etc), and parental access to student profiles, as well as the ability to create various reports based on inputted data.
Overall, Vibe9 Design provided BC SEA with a well-designed engaging online tool that can be easily expanded in the future.