Celebrating achievements

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It is important not to get too caught up in the ongoing project work and to find time to celebrate when successes are achieved, no matter how small. Celebrations are key for maintaining motivation within your group, to make sure you appreciate and recognise successes and have a chance to reflect on the bigger picture of why you’re doing what you’re doing. Aim to celebrate little and often, to mark events both big and small, including anniversaries, key milestones and targets reached.

What form your celebrations take is up to you – it could be anything from going out for lunch together as a group or sharing a meal one evening, to a big party to which the whole community is invited. For ideas for evaluating your achievements, see the Measuring Success section.

Celebrating key milestones. Key milestones can be anything from big landmark events to little targets reached along the way. You can set whatever you like to be a milestone – it could be your first 100 ‘likes’ on Facebook, your first 10 people signed up to participate in an initiative or the completion of a construction project.

Celebrating anniversaries. Any anniversaries are worth celebrating. Possible ideas include the anniversary of your first meeting, your first event or when your project was officially launched.

Case Studies
Country: UK

Hook Norton Low Carbon co-hosted an event at Hook Norton Primary School to celebrate the installation of 17.4kWp solar PV and 3 solar thermal hot water systems. The group had helped to secure the systems which now produce electricity and provide hot water for the school buildings. To emphasise the sunshine theme, the event involved colourful stalls and performances from a steel band, as well as free smoothies and cakes. The Hook Norton Low Carbon team had their own stall where they provided advice about home improvements and information about their low carbon car club, and had their first car club Polo on display outside the school for people to take a look at. There was a huge turnout of parents and children and the group enjoyed a large influx of new members, including lots of people interested in joining the Hooky Car Club.

Country: UK

Transition St Albans held a celebratory party and public meeting to mark the one year anniversary of the start of their Transition Streets project. The event was designed to give people the opportunity to find out about what the project is, what it had achieved and how they could get involved, whilst enjoying free food and drink and good company. Those who attended could meet first-hand some of the one hundred residents who had taken part to find out about their experiences, what changes they had made in their households and what the results had been. The hope was that people would be inspired to set up their own transition street in their neighbourhood, extending the project to involve new people and different areas.

Country: Ireland

A group of enthusiastic staff members of Dublin City Council and Codema came together to run the “Think Energy” awareness campaign to help all staff in the Council understand what role they can play in reducing the overall energy demand of the building. To celebrate the progress of this campaign, the Think Energy Ambassadors planned a two day event in the Council’s canteen. A date was set for June 2014 to coincide with the EU Sustainable Energy Week to ensure maximum exposure. The Energy Ambassadors developed an event schedule, covering all aspects of sustainability including water, lighting and heating. Energy experts were invited along to provide information on the different areas. Additionally, an energy game on a touch screen was to provide entertainment together with the bicycle challenge which involved staff cycling to generate a watt in exchange for a free coffee. The Think Energy Ambassadors also worked closely with the facility managers of the building, ensuring access to the solar panels on the roof for a hands-on tour as well as a test drive in an electric car. Event participants could also win a waterbutt by guessing the amount of water the container would be able to fit. The waterbutt was sponsored by the Corporate Services department of Dublin City Council. The kid’s of the local crèche were also invited along to colour in the Think Energy logo. The event was video recorded and photos were distributed via local networks.