Green Schools Alliance via Crowdrise
January 10, 2011
BENEFITING: Green Schools Alliance
The Green Cup Challenge
The Green Cup Challenge®, a program of the Green Schools Alliance, was created for schools by schools. The Green Cup is the first and only student-driven, inter-school energy challenge that invites public and private schools to reduce their electricity use and carbon footprint over the course of a month-long (GCC 1.0) or year long (GCC 2.0) event.
While there are winners, there are no losers. Schools compete individually as well as collectively, on the local and national levels, against their prior years’ total carbon reduction numbers.
During the 2010 GCC, schools across the US and in canada and Australia, collectively saved 1,254,000 kWh of electricity--an average savings of $836 per school!
The GCC raises public awareness, builds community and delivers quantifiable results. Simple behavior changes learned during the GCC, such as turning off lights in unoccupied rooms, often impact a school’s bottom line for the remainder of the year and become part of the message.
The GCC Video Contest invites students to write, produce and direct films that tell the story. Winners are announced in the spring. Check out the Ethel Walker 2009 GCC First Place Video on this page.
Please help the Green Schools Alliance to grow the Green cup Challenge, and support schools to become global environmental leaders in their own communities as they explore ways to save energy and other natural resources for the future!