General Rather than specific tasks, this badge focus’ on covering aspects that don’t quite fit elsewhere. This badge is for unpredictable projects or creative solutions. The focus is on finding permaculture solutions to urban problems. Permaculture solutions are easier when you have land and space of your own. Working out of an apartment where your landlord may have a firm set of limitations on what you can use or do means it isn’t always a simple task.
It’s possible you need to repair a chair and table set. Perhaps your walls need painted and the landlord is willing to let you do it (allowing you to use milk-based paint rather than off-gassing varieties). Maybe you’ve worked out a way to repurpose a closet with extra shelves and work out a rotational system to let you do a lot more preserving and canning.
The point is that you’re finding solutions to your problems that shun the typical urban solutions like glues, cements, and plastics. Instead, you’re finding ways to reduce or eliminate the toxic elements or perhaps recycling/reusing items to prevent them from entering the waste stream. The evaluator will be considering closely how your solution fits with this mentality and may potentially award zero points if they feel it does not uphold the spirit of the badge.
The project point value will be evaluated based on the time it would take for a skilled expert with the proper tools and materials to do the same task. Each hour of effort thus evaluated is worth 1 point. This means even if you took 3 hours to complete the task, if an expert would have taken an hour, you will only be awarded 1 point.
Points are awarded in half point units, rounded up. The minimum value is half a point at no less than 7 minutes by a professional. This means if the task is evaluated as being worth 45 minutes, the value will be rounded up to 1 point. A task evaluated at 1 hour would award 1 point, not be rounded upwards.
Each badge level for Oddball is designed to be more difficult to attain than other badges. However, due to the difficulty of attaining large numbers of permaculture projects in a single apartment, the difficulty has not been raised proportionally above PEP levels as other PEA badges have been.