Make Green Planet Heroes a Reality

$2,350 of $5,500 goal

Raised by 31 people in 28 months

 After I became trained as a home energy auditor a few years ago, I found that one problem prevailed everywhere: for most people, no matter how much they need or want to save energy, the cost of home energy improvements was more than they could afford.  People are worried about the increasing costs of home heating and cooling, they feel bad about the extra they're contributing to global warming, and they feel helpless to do anything about it.

A bit over a year ago, I started the process of learning to code in Ruby on Rails, because I wanted to create a tool people could use to overcome the biggest hurdle to energy efficiency and sustainable energy: the up front cost.

I took a number of classes to learn how to determine what would be needed to make such a site successful, and began the bootstrapping process. Here's the current state of the site: Green Planet Heroes

Then I found the best tool for handling the commerce side of things, which is based on Kickstarter's payments API. I discovered that I needed a great deal more understanding of exactly what I was doing with the coding in order to integrate that tool. I signed up for RailsBridge Boston and learned a bit more of what I need.

I took a look, but at the time, it a ruby coding bootcamp entirely out of reach, financially. So, I decided to put things on hold while I took random bits of free time I could muster to read books, and do tutorials. I made some incremental progress, took some classes on things like business model development, gamification, and more.

Recently, we reached a point at which it was (barely) possible for me to consider signing up for a boot camp. I hemmed and hawed for a couple of weeks, because its a LOT of money, but finally, I applied. I went through their application process, which includes doing coding exercises, plus two interviews. Things were looking great!

I was making plans, and thinking that if I got in, I could (a) get Green Planet Heroes (GPH) off the ground, and (b) do some coding on the side to earn money to help my kids with their college plans.

Friday, my husband was laid off ... two hours before I received the acceptance letter from the first boot camp. So, I got in, but now I can't go.

I was SOOOOO close!

Finding a way to make it possible for ordinary people to be able to afford to save energy, and to reduce the rate of climate change has been gnawing at me for years. I want to give people a means of raising that money - one where their fundraising won't get lost in a sea of requests of a whole different type. (Ironic I'm crowdfunding to gain the skills I need to build a crowdfunding platform, eh?)

So, in the end, I'm hoping you might be willing to invest a bit in me, so I can help others invest in a better future, and, with luck help my kids achieve their dreams, too. It's a lot to ask, and I'll be unbelievably grateful to anyone who donates any amount. 

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Update 12
22 months ago
Your support on this journey to learn ruby on rails and build Green Planet Heroes has made it possible for me to help other developers, already! There's some software people use for layout out web pages called Bootstrap. It's great, but isn't really designed to handle a fairly common scenario. Yesterday, using what I learned in the class that *you* helped me attend, I was able to release a plugin that other developers can use to deal with that scenario, saving a bunch of hand-coding work. I haven't publicized it in the ruby or rails communities, but it's already being downloaded!
The generate column widths plugin page
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Update 11
22 months ago
The site is slowly taking shape ( http://www.green-planet-heroes.herokuapp.com). The next step, after a couple more user interface tweaks, is adding the 3rd payment system in. The first two turned out to be not quite what I needed. The irony is that #3 uses #1, but since the company that makes #3 has a development team that can keep up with the frequent API changes in #1, it's practical for them to use #1, but was not practical for me to use it. The problem with #2 is that I would have had to send people away from the site to create accounts, which is a *great* way to lose users, but not a terribly good way to keep them.
GPH Project Page
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Update 10
24 months ago
Phew! We're done with the big learning push, and just starting our independent projects. Mine is (surprise!) rewriting Green Planet Heroes from scratch using all I've learned in the last several weeks.

Along with that milestone comes the next payment milestone - I need the next $700 by this Friday. If you've got friends or family who can help me get there, I would be ETERNALLY grateful!
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Update 9
25 months ago
I can't believe it's almost the end of week 4!

We're starting to get into familiar territory, in terms of the adding "gems" that will handle things like automating the creation of image thumbnails. This is good, because some of the images are HUGE!

We're building an application similar to a popular image sharing site as our learning platform. Each day, we learn more techniques and tools, then spend part of the day practicing what we learned by actually implementing it in our app, using those tools and techniques. We haven't reached the point of formatting things, yet, so it's unbelievably ugly, but that's ok. :-) The goal is to *understand* what I'm doing on the back end.

I can feel the knitting together of this mass of information deep in the recesses of my brain. Eventually, there will be that day when it all "clicks," and then watch out, world!
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Grace Adams
25 months ago

Not an investment--only a chance to help low-income homeowners in need of home improvements to improve energy efficiency or get rooftop solar find financing that will let them pay back the loan out of the savings on energy.

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$2,350 of $5,500 goal

Raised by 31 people in 28 months
Created April 11, 2014
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Anonymous
24 months ago
SR
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Sheryl Rapee-Adams
24 months ago

Grab this goal! Please, send a tchotchke in spirit only.

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24 months ago
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24 months ago
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26 months ago
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26 months ago
ON
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Our Amazing Neighbors
26 months ago (Offline Donation)

We believe in you!

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DH
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Dr Anne Hurley
26 months ago

Go get 'em, Liane!!!

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SM
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Sherry Merrick
26 months ago
$25
Wendy Patterson
26 months ago

Go for it, Lianne! If anyone can make it happen, it is you!

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Grace Adams
25 months ago

Not an investment--only a chance to help low-income homeowners in need of home improvements to improve energy efficiency or get rooftop solar find financing that will let them pay back the loan out of the savings on energy.

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