Student Climate Action Challenge

  1. The Challenge
  2. The Summit
  3. The Award
  4. Connect

Are you involved in climate action work at your school or in your community?

Are you interested in getting involved?

The Challenge

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. 

Challenge Components

Student will:

  • 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.

Project Guidelines

  • 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:
    • Water
    • Energy
    • Food
    • Biodiversity 


Student Climate Action Challenge Participant Guide

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. 

Student Climate Action Toolkit

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.