Green Cup Challenge®

The Green Cup Challenge invites all K-12 schools to: measure and reduce energy use; improve recycling & waste reduction programs; and promote water conservation.

The GCC empowers students, raises awareness about climate change and resource conservation, and unites school communities around a common goal.

Mark Your Calendar

  • NYC DOE Green Cup Energy Challenge: October 2-30, 2013
  • Global Green Cup Recycle Challenge: November 4-27, 2013
  • (pilot) Green Cup Water Challenge: April 2-30, 2014 -- NEW this year!


Raise awareness about recycling and waste reduction. The Recycle Challenge™ generates excitement and encourages good habits that last long after the Challenge ends. During the Challenge, schools unite to "Recycle Right, Reduce Waste, and Rethink Consumption". 

Congratulations to the 67 schools who participated in last year's Green Cup Recycle Challenge! Over two thirds of participating schools saw improvement in their recycling compliance over the 4 week Challenge.


See the results of the Recycle Challenge HERE >


Students, teachers and staff discover they have the power to save energy in their schools, and that their actions can translate into financial savings for their school, and positive change for the world.

During last year's GCC, 300 participating schools conserved over 1.5 Gigawatts of electricity over four weeks. That's over 2.5 million lbs of CO2 that were kept out of our atmosphere in just one month!

See the latest Press Release HERE >

See the results of the National Energy Challenge HERE >

See the results of the NYC Public School Energy Challenge HERE >