Student Climate Action Challenge
The City of Flagstaff Sustainability Section is kicking off the first annual Student Climate Action Challenge this winter to celebrate and initiate climate action by Flagstaff students. The Challenge will bring student voices, ideas, and priorities to the table as the City and Flagstaff community develop Flagstaff's Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.
- Plan and implement a meaningful climate-related project related to climate change in Northern Arizona.
- Develop leadership skills.
- Engage in communication and outreach.
- Action Teams will present their projects at the Flagstaff Youth Climate Summit.
- Climate Action Awards will be presented to the top three Action Teams to continue their current action or begin a new project the following year.
Challenge participates are invited to join the online climate action community where Action Teams can share videos, photos, and updates about their project.
Action Teams should sign-up for the Challenge by January 15th. Please go to the 'Take Action' tab for more information.
- Form an Action Team comprised of two or more students
- Sign up to participate in the Challenge here by January 15th, 2018
- Begin project planning and implementation
- Join Student Climate Action Challenge online community
- Sign-up for the Summit and apply for Climate Action Award
- Present project at the Summit in May, 2018
- Projects must identify and address an issue related to climate change that is relevant to Flagstaff, Northern Arizona, or the Colorado Plateau.
- Projects must be conducted by two or more students.
- Projects must start before the Flagstaff Youth Climate Summit, but do not need to be finished before the end of the school year. Projects started before the Challenge start-date are eligible.
- Your project must address least one of these focus areas:
Project Types and Examples
To help guide project development, we have created three project types: Climate Change Adaptation, Climate Change Mitigation, and Climate Change Activism. It is likely your project will overlap two or more project categories. These categories are designed to provide helpful guidelines, not create barriers to your climate action work.
Climate Change Adaptation
Climate change adaptation projects are those that help your school or community prepare the changing climate conditions by increasing resilience and decreasing vulnerability to the changing climate.
- Example projects- increasing schools’ water conservation, installing a rain water catchment system, preventing erosion by reforestation, building a food garden, creating a comprehensive climate action plan for school, etc.
Climate Change Mitigation
Climate change mitigation are projects working to reduce carbon emissions and carbon footprints.
- Example projects- reducing waste produced at school functions, increasing recycling by student body, implementing no-idling zones around the school, lights out campaign for weekends and after school hours, creating a comprehensive climate action plan for school, etc.
Climate Change Activism
Climate change activism includes projects that take action primarily through communication and school or community engagement. These projects also include advocacy, and raising awareness.
- Example Projects- Launch letter writing campaign to government officials, create and display art to increase awareness around climate change impacts, help tell stories from frontline communities through film, etc.
Student Climate Action Handbook
Student Climate Action Challenge Online Community
Youth Climate and Environmental Action Resources and Opportunities
For more information contact Larrea Cottingham at firstname.lastname@example.org