In Fall 2016, we partnered with City Ferndale to design the Adopt-A-Park program. The main problem currently facing the City is that they want to increase
recycling in the park because recycling brings in significant revenue for the
City. However, the City currently has no metrics on how much recycling is
currently in the parks or if it is too contaminated to be worth picking up.
After ideating with Sarah Donovan, the Ferndale Recycling Coordinator, we settled on an Adopt-A-Park model. Then, we did a comparative analysis of Adopt-A-Park programs, paying special attention to their strengths and weaknesses. Later, we constructed a survey which we distributed through the Ferndale Forum Facebook group. The point of the survey was to gauge residents’ feelings towards local parks, recycling, and the adopt a park program as a whole. Over 110 people answered our survey and there appeared to be a strong interest in the program overall.
This program is a good t for this solution because it is a cheap and efficient way to crowdsource data collection for the City while also creating a relationship between the City and residents which the City can leverage in the future. Also, by fitting our solution into the daily habits of residents who already visit the parks, there is virtually no behavioral inertia to overcome, making it more like that people will use the program.