Green Dependence Day Challenge

Alliance for Climate Education Northeast Contest

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Below you'll find the information about the contest. Be sure to check back for contest updates in 2012.

Contest Details:

In spring and fall 2011, ACE and National Grid Foundation challenged schools across the Northeast to increase their green through the Green Dependence Day Challenge.

The contest's premise was simple - get your Action Team cranking through carbon-reducing projects, anything from starting that much-needed recycling program to installing building energy efficiency retrofits. The Action Teams that completed the greatest number, and scope, of climate-related projects would move onto the final round in the fall.

Why participate:

  • Win $1,000 to green your school
  • Earn national recognition
  • Become the greenest school in the Northeast
  • The earlier you enter, the greater your odds!

How to win in four easy steps:

  1. See the ACE Assembly at your high school
  2. Start an Action Team
  3. Complete carbon-reducing projects
  4. Share your projects with ACE

Contest details:

The Green Dependence Day Challenge often starts at schools with brief remarks from government and climate change thought leaders, discussing their work on climate change issues, followed by the ACE Assembly. After the assembly, ACE helps students start Action Teams that take on carbon-reducing projects, anything from implementing recycling programs to installing solar panels on school buildings.

To win the Green Dependence Day Challenge, students will report the number and scope of completed carbon-reducing projects. On November 4th, the three teams from each region who have achieved the greatest impact through their projects will qualify for the final round. Finalists will submit a video or essay summarizing their accomplishments and how they would use $1,000 to green their schools. A panel of expert judges will determine the winning team from each region on November 14, 2011.

All schools must view the free ACE Assembly in order to be eligible.