The Sims 4

How Neighborhood Action Plans Work in Eco Lifestyle

Presented by EA GameChangers

Cleaning up your neighborhood in The Sims 4 Eco Lifestyle can be quite challenging if you have to do everything by yourself. The solution is: Neighborhood Action Plans!

So what are Neighborhood Action Plans (N.A.P.)

With the Neighborhood Action Plans you can control the neighborhood you are currently living in. These actions will control how the neighbors act. There are certain benefits and changes available in the neighborhood when the plans go into motion. Some will define how your neighbors behave and some will bring neighborhood improvements.

Every neighborhood can be affected by these plans, not just Evergreen Harbor. You’ll have to place a Public Voting Board yourself in other worlds or you can just cast your vote through the mailbox on your lot.

Neighborhood Action Plan menu

What are the requirements to start voting?

You have to gather at least 10 influence points to cast a vote. Influence points are a new currency within the game exclusive to Eco Living.

Search for a board in your neighborhood or click on your mailbox. Once you open the board you can see which actions plans are available and open for voting. The checkmarks in the upper left corner of the plan will show you how many neighbors voted for that particular plan. This is very useful if you really want a plan to succeed. Just collect enough Influence Points to cast more votes than your neighbors.

How to gather Influence Points

If you want to activate a specific neighborhood action plan you’ll need to gather influence points. There are so many ways to gather them. Almost every positive interaction that affects the community will give you Influence Points. For example:

  • Friendly introductions to other Sims
  • Becoming friends (good, best friends)
  • Investing Sims over to your house
  • Being promoted
  • Giving gifts
  • Mentoring Sims
  • Hosting events
  • Enthusing about something
  • Adding posts to you Instagram story
  • Increasing social network followers
  • Participating in festivals/holidays
  • Volunteering
  • Use cheats

If you already have a neighborhood action plan active you can gather influence points in more ways for example the action plan Free Love will give you influence points for romantic interactions with your neighbors.

Friendly introductions will give you 4 Influence points

Where to find the total Influence Points

If you want to vote which neighborhood action plan to put into motion you’ll have to have at least a total of 10 influence points. Each vote you cast will cost you 10 influence points.

If you open up your Simology panel (Y) you can see the neighborhood actions plans that are currently active. In this panel you can find the total influence points that your Sim has gathered.

Cast your vote

Go to your mailbox or public voting board to place your votes. Voting happens over the weekends from friday 8 am and will close on monday 6 pm. After closing the neighborhood action plan will take effect immediately. There’s a total of 8 neighborhood action plans to choose from to cast your vote. If there are less than 8 you can add a new plan to vote for. Just simply click the + to choose from all the action plans that are available.

How to force neighbors into voting a specific action plan

There’s an interaction to convince neighbors to support a specific neighborhood action plan. Click on a Sim and choose ‘Convince to support’. This will cost you 5 influence points.

You can also turn off npc voting in the game settings:
Esc > Game Options > Eco Lifestyle > Turn off Enable NPC Voting

Neighborhood Action Plans that Clean up the Trash

Two of the available neighborhood action plans will clean up the trash in your neighborhood. You can choose just one and it will already work.

  • Green initiatives
    This will not only clean up the trash but more trees and plants will spawn in the neighborhood.
  • Modern Development
    This cleans up the neighborhood and will give the streets and buildings a modern look.

All Neighborhood Action Plans

You can see all the action plans that are available in this game. But, you can only have 4 active at the same time. So be careful what you choose. If you didn’t like the active action plan you can always repeal it.

  • Back to the Old Days
    I remember the good old days. We used to play board games and read books. Nowadays, all anyone can think about is their phone and their TV. They’re juicing it up, chugging all their wretched… juice. And what’s with this obsession with woohoo? Woohoo in the bed. Woohoo in the Rocket Ship, Woohoo in the hot tub, Woohoo in the observatory, and if that wasn’t enough, now you can delinquents are woohooing in Dumpsters? Gross. With this initiative, those who live a wholesome lifestyle of reading books and playing board games will be rewarded with influence. And those who indulge in technology, drinking juice, and woohoo will be properly fined for their woeful deeds.
  • Foodies Unite!
    Neighbors, let’s get cooking! There are so many fabulous organic, non-organic, home-grown, and freebie ingredient options out there. Crack out that cutting board and start experimenting! Under the Foodies Unite N.A.P., members of the community will be rewarded Influence by exercising their tasty skills in home style, Gourmet, or any other style of cooking.
  • Fun-Loving Community
    Recreation should be celebrated, not stifled! It’s time to eradicate boredom and embrace having fun. Vote for this N.A.P. and not only will we be able to let loose as a whole, but residents will also be rewarded with influence for doing activities that involve Comedy, Mischief, and even Video Gaming!
    Sims will play games on their smartphone (a lot). Don’t choose this action plan if you don’t want your Sims game to look like real life people.
  • Green Gardening
    Have you always had the yearning to start gardening but never quite had the gumption to do it? Well, this fresh new N.A.P. might be just the thing to push you over that figurative mound of procrastination soil. Grab your snips, cast your vote, and you’ll get influence for flexing your mighty green thumb. Growing a garden is beneficial for you, the community, and the planet. Let’s all dig in!
    If you have a community garden space, your neighbors will be more active in planting and taking care of the plants.
  • Self-Sufficiency
    Why keep feeding the corporate beast and continue spinning on this degrading hamster wheel of consumerist shame? We can rise up and maintain a perfectly good community ourselves! We can live in a community where things like Fishing, Gardening, and Handiness are rewarded with increased influence, as well as a sense of accomplishment.
  • Sharing is Caring
    Some Sims own a lot of things. Some Sims own just a little bit of things. But what if everyone could just own everything? See that bike sitting there? That could be your bike! Or anyone’s bike! With this initiative, everything you see can be yours. You see something, you take it. No questions asked, no repercussions. Just don’t get too attached to anything you already own…
    This will give all Sim in your neighborhood the kleptomaniac trait. You can only swap 1 object each day.
  • We wear Bags
    Our community values reducing and recycling. But has anyone else noticed that the paper bags are starting to pile up? We wouldn’t date throw those away! They could come to good use some day! Don’t you think every last one of those 8.346 neatly folded pieces of untapped potential have finally earned their time to shine? With the We Wear Bags Action Plan, we can proudly wear our bags as a mark of our Eco Lifestyles.
  • Promote Creative Arts
    The mark of a true artistic community is a shared passion for the Creative Arts. Support this maker mindset with your vote, and you’ll be rewarded not only with the pride you get from creating, but also with Influence from doing Painting, Photography, Writing, Fabrication, and other artistic activities. Professionals working as Painters, Style Influencers, Freelance Crafters, or Writers will also earn increased pay while this N.A.P. is active.
  • Upcycling Initiative
    Why spend your Simoleons on something you could create yourself? Why do we throw away so many materials that could go into making something special and new? With the Upcycling Initiative, we are giving influence to everyone using Recyclers to get materials and Fabricators to turn those materials into something responsibly wonderful.
  • Green initiatives
    Sometimes Green doesn’t mean completely green, but at least a step towards it. It’s time to blanket the neighborhood with luscious plant life. With this Action Plan in place, we can expect to see not only trees and bushes sprouting, but we’ll also see the neighborhood’s Eco Footprint become more Green as well. All it takes is a small donation from residents in the form of a weekly bill increase. This will also clean up the trash in the neighborhood.
  • Power Conservation
    Energy isn’t free, so what can we do on our part to help conserve? The Power Conservation Action Plan helps to answer that difficult question. Step 1: Limit your household’s overall consumption on Power by avoiding overuse of electronics. Step 2: Sacrifice one teensy weensy day per week without Power (12 hours during the day). The Landgraab Power Company even agreed to give a discount on utility bills for this. (Failure to conserve a satisfactory amount of Power for your household size, as defined by the Board of N.A.P. will result in a daily fine. Please thoroughly enjoy your day.)
  • Support the Performing Arts!
    There are some who say Music is healing for the soul and Performing is healing for the heart. Uplift our community and gain Influence by not only sharing the melodies of the instruments that you play, but also by expressing other forms of Performing Arts. Professionals working in Entertainment-related Careers can also enjoy increased pay while this N.A.P. is active.
    This is a beautiful action plan to choose. Sims will randomly start playing instruments or start singing (requires City Living).
  • Clean Energy Production
    We have the luxury of living in a world that provides us with everything we need. We just need to learn how to harness that energy! With the Clean Energy N.A.P. in place, members of the community will be rewarded with influence for owning functional clean energy-producing objects like Solar Panels, Wind Turbines, and Dew Collectors.
  • Roughhousing Encouraged
    Have you ever heard another Sim’s opinion and thought, “I should be polite but I really think this conversation would be better if I asserted my stance, refused to back down, and ultimately engaged in a full-out neighborly brawl”? We’re with you. Sometimes we believe there is such a thing as being too polite. We should band together to make this world better, one fight cloud at a time. A world where we can speak our minds without any hurt feelings or bruised egos. Vote for the Roughhousing Encouraged N.A.P. and you gain influence by using Mean interactions on other Sims. If that’s the kind of Sim you want to be.
  • Tech Support
    Have you grown too comfortable with things just the way they are? Don’t be caught N.A.P.ing on your community’s technological progress. Working with Programming, Rocket Science, or other methods, we can continue to make our world a better place through technology and boosting our Influence while doing it. As an added bonus, Sims working in tech-related Career fields such as Astronauts, Tech Gurus, Scientists, Freelance Programmers, and Civil Designers will also have increased pay if this initiative gets voted in.
  • Eco-Friendly Appliances
    Neighbors, I think we could all benefit from a good N.A.P. One that promotes even the smallest changes to help make a difference. Together we can push to fix our neighborhood one appliance at a time. Let’s take action into our own hands by making Handiness skill and influence easier to get by using green-upgraded appliances or by repairing any appliance.
    Neighbors will also upgrade their appliances to help lowering their and the neighborhood’s footprint.
  • Water Conservation
    Let’s admit it. The water isn’t quite flowing with the flow with which it used to flow. How can we all chip in and help to conserve? We believe that with the pairing of a weekly Water Shut-off Day (12 hours during the day) and an organized effort to Consume Less Water, this community can really make a difference! (Failure to conserve a satisfactory amount of Water for your household size, as defined by the Board of N.A.P. will result in a daily fine. Have a Nice Day.)
  • Rock Your Body (and Mind)
    What better way to care for oneself than with the accountability of a whole community? This initiative puts the “Action” back in Neighborhood Action Plans. Together we can make sure all Sims in the neighborhood are practicing their Fitness, keeping up on Hygiene, looking after their overall well being, and boosting their Influence while they’re at it!
  • Free Love
    Who needs negativity when you could be drenched in love? Who needs jealousy when you could be embraced with understanding? Vote with your heart and we transform our community into a butterfly of love for all. Whether Single, Married, or just open, we embrace loving each other in all of its beautiful forms. When Free Love reigns, you can gain Influence through Romance interactions.
    This means that you can do any romantic interaction with your neighbors without making anyone jealous.
  • Modern Development
    Feeling down about the state of our fair neighborhood? Vote on additional funding for development projects to help this area live up it’s name. By putting in hard work and funding, mainly funding, together we can work on some much needed upgrades to the area. Don’t be put off by the increase in your weekly Bills to help pay for these improvements. We’re pushing to ensure residents’ career pay goes up to help offset the added costs. This will also clean up the trash in the neighborhood.
  • Juiced Community
    Get ready to get JUICED! In support of all things fizzy and funky, this N.A.P. wants to get everyone juiced up. Gain Influence by using the practical Juice Fizzling and Mixology skills to make concoctions for the entire neighborhood.
    This basically makes all the Sims druk all the time.

You can’t vote in other neighborhoods you aren’t living in.

Green Neighborhood Action Plans

To improve and lower your Eco Footprint you should vote for these action plans:

  • Green Initiatives
  • Eco-Friendly Appliances
  • Clean Energy Production

Profitable Neighborhood Action Plans

Want to make more money instead of cleaning up the environment? You should vote for:

  • Modern Developments
  • Tech Support
  • Promote Creative Arts

How to remove a Neighborhood Action Plan

After there’s a neighborhood action plan active you can petition for repeal. Go to a Public Voting Board or your mailbox and click repeal. This will open up a menu that will ask you which action plan you want to undo in this neighborhood you are living in. This will cost 10 influence points.

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