Welcome to the 2019 Climate Action Challenge!

The City of Flagstaff Sustainability Program is excited to announce the 2nd Annual Climate Action Challenge, a project-based learning program for Flagstaff youth, during which they will:

  • Plan and implement a meaningful climate-related project

  • Engage in community outreach and service

  • Develop leadership skills

The Climate Action Challenge is an ideal opportunity for youth to take climate action in their neighborhoods, schools, and communities.

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To participate in the Climate Action Challenge, you must be in 4th-12th grade and part of an Action Team of 2 or more youth. Action Teams can be formed as part of a class, a school-affiliated group (e.g., student council, after school club, national honor society), a home school group, or a community group (e.g., Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy or Girl Scout troop, recreation center group, church youth group). Action teams ideally should have no more than 5 members so that each member has responsibility in the project development and implementation. However, larger Action Teams can still participate (Teams should not exceed 20 youth)! Action Teams can be new groups formed just for the Challenge or already existing groups.

Note: Action Teams >5 members presenting at the 2019 Flagstaff Youth Climate Summit will be limited to 5 attending representatives due to facility capacity.

Registration  for the Climate Action Challenge is now closed.


Registration for participating in the Climate Action Challenge runs from mid-November to mid-January. As soon as a Team is signed up, they can begin planning and implementing their project. The Climate Action Challenge project should be conducted through spring 2019 and culminate in a project presentation at either the Flagstaff Youth Climate Summit on April 16, 2019, or, for Teams unable to attend the Summit, an in-class presentation to visiting Sustainability Program staff. In-class presentations must be conducted by the end of April 2019.


Two important documents you need to download and review if you are participating in the Climate Action Challenge are the:

  • Climate Action Challenge Participant Guide: This short document details Challenge guidelines, from registering to presenting.
  • Climate Action Challenge Toolkit: This longer document outlines an 8-step process for brainstorming, designing, planing, and implementing your Challenge project. There are helpful resources for learning about local climate change impacts in Flagstaff and Coconino County, basic climate change science, and examples of youth climate leaders, events, and projects.
  • Climate Action Challenge Scoring Rubric: Judges at the Flagstaff Youth Climate Summit will use this rubric to score Teams, both on their project content and presentation. This is also great for educators looking to evaluate their students' projects.
  • Action Team Project Ideas: If you are stuck on ideas or need some brainstorming help, check out this document for project ideas. But don't let this document stifle your creativity--take the ideas and make them your own!


Are you an educator interested in involving your entire class in climate action? We encourage you to following all participation guidelines and use the Climate Action Challenge Toolkit to guide your students through a meaningful climate action project. The Climate Action Challenge Scoring Rubric (included in the Participant Guide) can be used to evaluate your class's project. If you wish to have your class present at the Flagstaff Youth Climate Summit, your class will be limited to 5 student representatives due to facility capacity.

Have questions about the Climate Action Challenge? Please contact:

Lee Bryant
Climate Education VISTA, City of Flagstaff Sustainability Program
928 213 2156.

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2019 Flagstaff Youth Climate Summit

The Flagstaff Youth Climate Summit is a one-day gathering on April 16, 2019 at The Arboretum of Flagstaff that will bring together young climate leaders, and serve as the culminating event of the Climate Action Challenge. The Summit will include project presentations from participants in the Climate Action Challenge, the KidWind Challenge, and the Solar Structure Challenge. Action Team attending the Summit will present their Climate Action Challenge project and will be evaluated by a panel of judges. The three top-scoring teams will receive a Climate Action Challenge Award.

The Summit will include:

  • Chances to tackle one of the world’s most pressing problems with other Flagstaff and Coconino County youth climate leaders
  • Exposure to wind and solar energy engineering projects
  • A keynote speaker and panel discussion
  • Leadership and sustainability workshops
  • Project evaluations and award presentations
  • And fun!

The Summit is a collaborative effort among the City of Flagstaff Sustainability Program, The Arboretum at Flagstaff, and Willow Bend Environmental Education Center.