It's hard to know where to start when it comes to addressing an issue as massive as environmental sustainability. More than that, it's hard to understand why your individual decisions matter in the grand scheme of things. We Sustain puts the focus back on the user's own ability to incorporate sustainability into their day-to-day routines.
What it does
We Sustain is a two-fold project with both a website and chrome extension. The website lays out the biggest problems facing environmental activists today and suggests easy ways for the user to be intentionally sustainable. The Chrome extension prompts users to maintain their push towards sustainability by sending a daily environmental fact and sustainable action goal.
How we built it
We built We Sustain using HTML, CSS, and JS on Repl.it based on design plans made in Figma.
Challenges we ran into
A few key problems we had were designing a viable point incentive system for the Chrome extension and creating functional buttons that show action report submission.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud of being able to work collaboratively despite a 3000 mile distance between group members. Learning to work effectively as a team in the face of varying schedules, skill levels, and programming styles is a testament to our true dedication to the project.
What we learned
Each person in our group learned different things according to their ability. The most important thing that we all learned was persistence. Even when all of us faced difficulty in completing our tasks, we never gave up. Every single person tried their best and, if they failed at completing their task, tried again.
What's next for We Sustain
We plan to connect with sustainable businesses in order to further incentivize users to maintain their passion for sustainability by rewarding goal achievement with store discounts. We are also interested in adding a feature which would allow the user to connect with activity-tracking apps in order to better evaluate changes in user lifestyle.