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Evan R
Public Square
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the project

The project will feature practical and aesthetic smart benches positioned at different public spaces around downtown. The smart benches will harness solar energy to power integrated charge ports, way finding displays, and wifi capabilities. They will have a multifunctional design and an aesthetic appeal. The smart benches would stimulate interactions between people and their shared environments. It will draw attention and interest about green energy and its potential benefits.

the steps

Phase 1- Prototyping

Recruiting/hiring engineers, artists, and designers. Purchasing materials to construct one prototype.


Phase 2- Research

Position the prototype in various locations downtown. Collect data from the smart benches such as light intensity, weather, and power stored. Observe how people interact with the charge stations with relation to other features of the public spaces. With the data collected we will improve the prototype and decide the optimal locations.


Phase 3- Implementation

Using the data, we will solicit the city and event planners to use these smart benches to enhance the public space experience.  


why we're doing it

This project will address the consequences of CO2 emissions from burning fossil foils and the effect that has on climate change and air quality in our community.  This project also addresses the need for accessible and safe power sources in public spaces. As the capability of electrical devices improves, their importance to our normal daily lives increases. Recharging devices has become a basic infrastructural need for modern cities. Nearly everyone is affected by climate change, 77% of the population owns a smart cellular phone device, and 95% own at least a cellular phone device.


I believe that our investment in STEM projects and education is the key to solving the civic issues of today and the future. Fossil fuels are slowly dwindling in supply and the evidence for their role in global warming is overwhelming.  The development of renewable resources will provide substantial benefits for our climate, our health, and our economy. I am currently participating in the Downtown Cleveland Alliance City Advocacy Program. I have made a two-year commitment to the program in order to gain an in-depth understanding of Downtown’s assets, challenges, history and leadership, and are encouraged to take action on initiatives that support the Alliance’s mission to advance a vibrant, attractive and exciting Downtown Cleveland. I’ve worked specifically with establishing play spaces to make downtown Cleveland more attractive to families. We’ve marketed and facilitated a mobile playground to gauge the public’s interest and identify the right location for a permanent play space. We’ve recruited and trained volunteer to conduct public space surveys used to capture the amount of traffic that paces through each location that the mobile playground occupies.


Disbursed budget (10.11.18):


Structure Materials $455.40

Weatherproof Materials $89.00

Solar/Electrical Equipment $1077.00

Total $1621.40


RAISED = $1,815.00
less ioby Platform Fee $35.00
less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $82.41
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $49.44


Original budget:

  1. Wind turbine-$1200
  2. Charge station-$800
  3. Battery system-$1000
  4. Facade materials-$500
  5. Labor-$3000

Grand Total:$6500


Subtotal = 6,500
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $325
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $195
Total to raise = $7,055



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