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Who We Are
Project Porchlight is an energy efficiency program delivered by One Change, a not-for-profit community-based social marketing organization based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Our volunteer Board of Directors is made up of people from all walks of life who share a commitment to making climate change action accessible to everyone.
One Change empowers people to believe that simple actions matter and to make smart choices that protect the environment.
Through award-winning energy efficiency campaigns like Project Porchlight, we make energy conservation accessible, relevant, and personal by engaging citizens, community groups, and municipalities to promote simple yet effective changes that have a global impact.
From making the switch to more efficient light bulbs, to using water-saving showerheads and keeping car tires properly inflated, small changes really can make a big difference.
Climate change is a critical trans-national, non-partisan issue. And making it possible for people to change light bulbs is just the start of the process of broad public mobilization.
It all began in the summer of 2004.
Researching energy-efficient refrigerators on the Energy Star website, Project Porchlight founder Stuart Hickox discovered a surprising statistic: If every household in Canada replaced just one incandescent light bulb with a CFL bulb, the reduction in pollution would be the equivalent of taking 66,000 cars off the road.
"How hard can it be to get everyone to change one light bulb?" Stuart wondered.
Stuart joined forces with a couple of friends to create a not-for-profit organization that would bridge the gap between awareness and action. Project Porchlight was born. The team decided to make it possible for people to deliver free energy efficient bulbs in their own neighbourhoods.
In 2005-2006, with the support of Hydro Ottawa and the work of community groups and volunteers, Project Porchlight delivered 225,000 free CFL bulbs to homes across Ottawa. The first Project Porchlight campaign was a huge success. With everyone from the mayor to young volunteers pitching in to celebrate the advantages of smart energy use, Ottawa showed just how powerful a simple message of change could be when embraced by a community.
With the success of the Ottawa campaign, requests from other communities poured in and sponsors saw an opportunity to show their commitment. The One Change organization was founded in 2006 to help bring Project Porchlight to communities across North America and to spearhead practical, community-based environmental initiatives.
To date, One Change campaigns have reached over 1,200 communities in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Vermont, Puget Sound and New Jersey. Over 14,000 volunteers from over 3,500 community groups are currently engaged and have participated in the delivery of over 3.7 million free energy conservation measures across Canada and the United States alongside its Simple actions matter™ message.
Please visit our What We Do page to find out more!