Who We Are
Through our award-winning initiatives, we make environmental action 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 detecting toilet leaks and keeping car tires properly inflated, making small changes accessible to all makes a big difference in terms of measurable immediate impacts as well as long-term public commitment to environmental action.
One Change's water conservation initiative seeks to eliminate the daily waste billions of litres of treated drinking water by encouraging people to detect and repair toilet leaks.
Researching energy-efficient refrigerators on the Energy Star website, One Change 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.
The One Change organization grew out of Project Porchlight in 2006 as it became clear that simple actions like changing light bulbs, checking tire pressure or detecting silent toilet leaks could be triggers for broad participation in energy conservation and environmental action. Simple Actions Matter!
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.