Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
The Green App
Explain your idea in details:
My idea for a nonprofit business, The Green App, will help to build a greener and more sustainable future. The app and consequent website would allow for its users to search through businesses, and products in their area, and around the world. Consumers would then be able to view the "environmental sustainability level" of said businesses. This would allow for the consumer to make the most environmentally conscious decisions as possible. Another incentive would be possible discounts or other incentivizing systems at the sustainable businesses at which they would shop. The consumer would save not just money, but they would also contribute to saving the environment. However, it would also incentivize businesses to be a part of this network. Business would communicate to us, why they think they deserve to be deemed as "Green App Approved." We would also reach out to various businesses, influencers, and companies in order to increase our presence and to increase their environmental presence. This app would forge a unity between producers, and consumers that would help to build a brighter, greener, and more sustainable future for all. I would build a team of dedicated individuals who value passion over profit. My innovative idea would provide ease-of-use to all app, and base website users. It would allow for users to simply search for the name of the business/service/product, and they could then read about the environmental impact of that particular service. It would be the first environmentally conscious app that puts total accountability on the consumer. My idea would strive to meet the UNs sustainable development goals #11 and #12. The idea would make major strides in environmental protection, and sustainability by giving consumers an easy way to better the environment, thus meeting the SDGs in an efficient manner.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Now more than ever we are on the brink of an environmental crisis. People have a blatant disregard for their impact on our earth. From climate change to pollution, deforestation, acid rain, and problematic greenhouse gas emissions. By encouraging consumers, and producers to hold themselves as environmentally accountable, we can build greener futures. This app would primarily help to solve sustainable development goals #11, and #12. The Green App meets goal 11 by being dedicated to promoting sustainability. By incentivizing producers, and consumers to be environmentally conscious, my idea contributes greatly to the idea of global sustainability. My idea specifically meets goal 12 by being dedicated to promoting sustainable production, and consumption. To measure our impact and success, we would look at internal factors. This would be measured by 1) how known we are/our public presence 2) the number of businesses weve reached 3) the number of consumers weve reached. Within the app and website, we would encourage our users to share our mission and to get involved. We would also develop social media pages that connect individuals with sustainable businesses. We would use our users as one way of promoting ourselves and our mission. By gaining this public outreach, we can expand our presence and impact. Its common knowledge that impact starts small and that help starts at home. Thats why The Green App would cater to the individual, making it appealing to all users, thus increasing our outreach and impact. As our team grows, on a national scale, the idea will expand until we can hopefully develop a presence in all states, then eventually grow globally. Overall, the app and website would function to help all consumers and producers make the most environmentally conscious decisions as possible.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The Green App would operate as a nonprofit business. We would create an app for mobile phones, and a website for primary business purposes. The Green App would be a basic app that could be downloaded to any smartphone. As a nonprofit, I plan to build a team of others who are dedicated to saving the environment. We would value passion over profit, and hire individuals dedicated to making a positive impact on the world. The Green App would operate with different "directors" heading up each focal point, and department of my idea. For example, I would have individual directors who would all focus on one aspect. Each director would devise a team under them that would serve to help them and their department. For financing sources, I plan on applying for various financial grants, teen entrepreneurial pursuits, grants, and private donations. I have no doubt that I would be able to fuel this through the dedication of individuals like myself. I am fortunate to attend a high school where I would have time to work with a multitude of advisors, and where I would have access to many resources that would enable me to pursue my dream, like being able to take a business incubator class where I could develop, and work with The Green App. I plan to truly dedicate all free time to this idea. In an app where sustainability is the goal, sustaining the app is obviously important. Thats why our team would be built with individuals dedicated to our mission. Regardless of my placement in this competition, I plan to pursue this idea, I plan to take business-focused classes where I can develop my idea and platform, and where I can work with educators who will work to help me make this idea come
My name is Kathryn McAuliffe, Im a 15-year- honors roll student from St. Louis, Missouri. I'm passionate about the environment, political advocacy and activism, educational advocacy, and social responsibility. I would one day like to create policies that aim to provide better futures for all. I profoundly believe that anyone can change the world. It is my goal in life to have a positive universal impact that will aim to promote equality and equity for all. I believe that it is especially important for young people to get involved in their communities so they can practice sustainable development, and make the world the best possible place. My inspiration for this idea came from seeing the horrific effects that pollution is having on our environment. If you pay attention to the news, then you know firsthand how dire our situation is. Its clear now more than ever that if we, as humans, dont make a change soon, our impacts will be irreversible. I have decided to take a stand and, change humans impact on the environment. Impact starts small, and theres no question in my mind that this idea could change the world. Through educational opportunities Ive had, Ive learned that its important to think globally. My idea strives to help our world, rather than individual regions/locations of the world. However, this app would profoundly help developing regions. Developing regions are those who are most impacted by environmental problems, and through my idea, we would be helping the whole world, with special long-term positive impacts for developing regions. My mission is simple; to impact the world in a positive way. Through my idea, The Green App, we can promote environmental sustainability and social accountability that can only result in brighter futures.