Student Climate Action Challenge
Are you involved in climate action work at your school or in your community?
Are you interested in getting involved?
The City of Flagstaff Sustainability Section is kicking off the first annual Student Climate Action Challenge 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.
Reference the Student Climate Action Challenge Participant Guide for more details.
- Plan and implement a meaningful climate-related project related to climate change in Northern Arizona.
- Develop leadership skills.
- Engage in communication and outreach.
- 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.
How to Participate
All groups of students who want to take climate action can participate in the Challenge. To participate, please take the following steps:
- Form an Action Team comprised of two or more students. Each Action Team must have a Climate Action Mentor (an adult who has agreed to advise the Action Team).
Sign up to participate in the Challenge here.
- Plan and begin implementing your project.
- Sign-up for the Summit.
- Optional: apply for the Climate Action Award.
- Projects should 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.
- Projects must address least one of these focus areas:
The Student Climate Action Challenge Participant Guide is a handbook to the Challenge expectations and guideline, and includes the evaluation criteria for the Climate Action Award.
The Student Climate Action Toolkit: a planning guide for taking climate action is a comprehensive guide to inspire and help you take meaningful climate action in your school, community, and the environment. It goes through a step-by-step process designed to guide your Action Team. included in each step is a short activity for your Action Team to complete.
Also included in The Toolkit, are learning resources for Action Teams and teachers about climate science, climate change impacts, and recent or current climate action projects started by young people.
Flagstaff Youth Climate Summit
The Flagstaff Youth Summit (the Summit) is a one-day gathering in late-spring that will bring young climate leaders in Flagstaff together and serves as the culminating event of the Student Climate Action Challenge, though you do not have to be part of the Challenge to attend.
Action Teams participating in the Challenge will present their climate action projects to fellow Action Teams. Teachers, administrators, parents, and City leadership are all invited to attend and see the hard work Action Teams have put in to taking climate action this year.
A request for student input will be sent to your Action Team in February for suggestions regarding the Summit theme, the panelist topic, speakers you would like to hear from, and Summit group activities.
Date and Location
Other Youth Climate Summits
Learn more about the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit, the inspiration for many Youth Climate Summits, including the Flagstaff Youth Climate Summit.
In addition to the opportunity to present your project at the Flagstaff Youth Climate Summit, Climate Action Awards will be granted to the top three Action Teams. Your award can be used to fund projects in the 2018-19 school year.
First Place $1,000, Second Place $500, Third Place $250.
To be eligible for the Climate Action Award, you must be part of an Action Team participating in the Student Climate Action Challenge and adhere to all Challenge guidelines.
To be considered for the Climate Action Award, your Action Team must submit a Climate Action Award Application and prepare a presentation for the Flagstaff Youth Climate Summit.
Review the Student Climate Action Challenge Participant Guide for the evaluation criteria.
A reminder will be sent to your Action Team to sign-up for the Climate Action Award.
Youth Climate and Environmental Action Resources and Opportunities
Looking to share your climate action stories and learn what other young people are doing to take action?
- The Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) is an organization dedicated to empowering young people and bringing them together to take climate action. ACE and participating Action Teams have done some great projects. Check them out here.
- Jane Goodall, the famous primatologist and conservationist, created Roots and Shoots to give students a platform and the tools to develop their own campaign. Campaigns are split into three categories: people, animals, and the environment. Take a look at their campaign toolkit and successful campaigns students all over the world have done.
- Earth Guardians is a network of young people working together to defend the planet. Check out what Earth Guardian crews all over the world are doing.
For more information about the Student Climate Action Challenge, Flagstaff Youth Climate Summit, or the Climate Action Award contact us at SustainabilityIntern@flagstaffaz.gov or 928-213-2156.