Taking action on climate change is a team sport. We're asking you to work together with your class, club, sports team, choir, or your whole school to make important changes that will reduce your impact while also pushing your school board to help do the same across all schools in your region. We want to know what you did, the difference it makes and how you did it, so that other students, schools and school boards can follow your lead.
Working with a club, committee or team at your school, help create a sustainable schools movement across Canada by following the four steps below.
HOW TO ENTER
Register your school and calculate your carbon footprint
Go to https://app.projectneutral.org/school-resources register your school or class before October 31st 2020. Let them know you are part of the Hot Planet Cool Athletes Sustainable Schools Challenge and get every person in your school or class to use the calculator tool to determine their energy use, resources, and waste. You’ll each take 6 surveys to calculate your household’s home, transportation, travel, food and waste emissions. There’s likely a lot more than you thought going into your carbon footprint, so take your time to figure out the specifics of your household, and be honest. The more detailed and accurately you answer now, the better plan you’ll come up with to reduce your footprint going forward.
Deadline | October 31st
Create a Climate Action Plan
While calculating your school’s baseline you might start to notice areas where big improvements can be made. These big impact areas are usually a good place to start brainstorming ways to reduce your impact down to nothing. Note these down, check out Project Neutral’s Take Action page to identify one major way you will commit to reducing your household’s footprint, and discuss with your class the ways you can work together to reduce emissions together. Get creative, there are lots of ideas out there. When you are finished send your completed Climate Action Plan to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline | December 15th
Take Action and Ask for Help
Armed with your school’s carbon footprint and carbon action plan, we want you to hold each other, your community and your school accountable for reducing their footprints as well. Discuss with your class who is an influential member or group in your community that can help enhance your climate action plan, and ask them to help or join you in putting your plan into action. Tell them about what you are doing, why it matters and how they can help.
Here are a few ideas on how you can take action: Send a letter to your school board trustees asking your school board to support and fund environmental initiatives and programs in your school, use Project Neutral’s social media toolkit to get your community to take on their own challenge, ask your principal to make this climate challenge mandatory for all classes at your school, send letters to your Mayor or local representative to pass a carbon neutral resolution.
Climate action isn’t a competitive sport. There are no opponents or secret plays and we shouldn’t have to reinvent the wheel. So we want you to share step by step how you implemented your project, the challenges you faced along the way, how you overcame them, and ways you others could improve upon your project. We want other students and schools to take your plan as inspiration and run with it, just as we hope you may be inspired by other projects to further your sustainable school climate action plan.