These designs stressed the importance of taking care of our planet through the use of colorful images and messages. Numerous switch plates reminded users to “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” or to conserve energy by turning off the light. Students first drew out their designs on appropriately sized paper (some light switch plates had one switch others had up to four!) and then, either the class voted for the winning design or teachers selected one. Winning designs were then copied onto the light switch plates using Sharpie markers and teachers swapped out their old switch plates for the new ones.