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The Green Energy Olympics

A national challenge in which communities compete against each other generating renewable energy. The energy should be generated through specific gym-machines by the people in each community.

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Each September the 'Green Olympics' (aka. 'Green Super Bowl', or 'The Green Games') will be held across the US. Communities will compete against each other to determine who generates more green energy, using specific equipment. There will be different ways through which people can generate green energy for their community: 1) Spinning bikes; 2) Treadmills; 3) Weightlifting; 4) Dance Marathon on a piezoelectric floor; 5) Rowing
Local/franchise gyms will provide the necessary equipment for the communities in which they are established. The machines inside these gyms will be connected to the grid and will calculate the amount of energy generated. The different gyms across the community will add up the energy generated. People can check the score live online, and see where their community is ranked.
Partnering with gyms will also be useful to spread the word about the upcoming event - gyms might distribute flyers or stick wall posters in their facilities to encourage members to join.

We would market the Green Energy Olympic Games as a Superbowl. Having national TV coverage (e.g. ESPN), tshirts for each community, etc.
This will not only create buzz around the Competition but will also generate awareness about renewables.
The NGEOA (National Green Energy Olympic Association) will be the entity responsible of the whole organization (auditing the machines used, the size of the gym complex, etc)
Besides national recognition, the whole winning community will have a national tax reduction during the year, until the new champion emerges next year.
NGEOA will finance this tax reduction, since it will be the one collecting the revenue associated with the energy generation.
1. Tourists/spectators will be encouraged to use bikes and public transportation to commute.
2. Trash will be recycled into different collectors including food waste for making biogas.

What community does this idea benefit and who are the main players?

Communities could be determined as cities or states. What do you think is better?

How does your idea specifically help your community rapidly transition to renewables?

It engages the whole community, creating a sense of team, all working together to generate the most green energy possible.

What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

A competition between two universities using spinning bikes connected to a energy generator.

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Hi Ramiro!
What a great idea!
Have you thought about the opportunity to get kids involved too? Maybe through a junior games, if not within the main event. Children don't tend to be members of gyms, so a tie in with local schools would create an opportunity to help educate students about the initiative (and it's important cause) and potentially bring in a few other community members (teachers, parents) into the adult event too.
Looking forward to seeing your idea move forward,

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