Measure energy and recycling savings at your school!
Empower your students to raise awareness about energy conservation! 

The Green Cup Challenge™ empowers students, raises awareness about climate change and resource conservation, and unites school communities around a common goal. We invite all K-12 schools to measure and reduce their energy use, improve their recycling and waste reduction programs, and activate student engagement.

2018 Dates: 
Energy Challenge - Choose any 4 weeks from January 17 to March 14.
Recycle Challenge - Choose any 4 weeks from March 19 to May 11.
Video Challenge - SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW AND VOTE FOR THE VIDEOS. Voting runs May 3-11.

How to Participate:
1) Login to the Green Schools Alliance Community. If you don't yet have an account, it only takes a minute to create one.
2) Join this Green Cup Challenge group. 
3) Register for one, two or all three challenges. (Green button in the right column -->)
4) Pay the Program Fee*. (PayPal link in the right column -->)
5) Download the instructions and data worksheets. (Below under each Challenge)

Program Fee*:
Energy Challenge only = $75
Recycle Challenge only = $75
Both Energy & Recycle Challenges = $100 (save $50)
Video Challenge = $75 or FREE with participation in the Energy and/or Recycle Challenge.

*If you are unable to pay the Registration Fee you may request a scholarship on the registration form.

More Information


During the 4-week Energy Challenge 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.

  Energy Challenge Leaderboard  > 
  Energy Challenge Instructions   > 
  Energy Challenge Data Worksheet Template  > 

Schools with the largest percent reduction from their individual baselines:
1st - Marin Country Day School, CA (10.5% reduction, 2,806 kWh saved, 4,265 lbs of CO2 avoided)
2nd - Dwight-Englewood School, NJ (9.0% reduction, 6,317 kWh saved, 9,602 lbs of CO2 avoided)
3rd - Trinity-Pawling School, NY (6.1% reduction, 12,807 kWh saved, 19,466 lbs of CO2 avoided)

School with the largest kWh and CO2 reduction from its individual baseline:
Kent School, CT (5.9% reduction, 13,010 kWh saved, 19,775 lbs of CO2 avoided)

During the 4-week Recycle Challenge, schools compete for Bin Points by "recycling right" - improving recycling compliance rates and decreasing contamination. Bonus Points can be earned for additional waste reduction efforts such as composting or paperless communications. Weekly bin surveys provide instant feedback on your recycling efforts - no weighing required.

  Recycle Challenge Leaderboard  > 
  Recycle Challenge Instructions  > 
  Recycle Challenge Data Worksheet Template  > 
Two schools reached the highest Action Level and earned the Recycling Hero award.
1st - Rye Country Day School, NY (93.8 points)
2nd - Barnesville School of Arts and Sciences, MD (92.3 points)

The most improved school earned the Recycling Superstar award.
 Avon Old Farms School, CT

The Green Cup Video Challenge showcases students’ talents and environmental passions. Creativity and individual style are encouraged! The video challenge is intended to create awareness about lowering energy use, recycling, reducing waste, and rethinking consumption.

Loomis Chaffee School - "Tree Fever"

Rye Country Day School - "The Return Of Green Man"

Avon Old Farms School - "The Green Garmento"

  Video Challenge Guidelines & Instructions  > 
  Video Challenge Submission Form  > 
1st Place - Loomis Chaffee School - "Tree Fever"
2nd Place - Rye Country Day School - "The Return Of Green Man"
3rd Place - Avon Old Farms School - "The Green Garmento"

Looking for the results from 2017? They can be found in the Success Story section of this group. Check it out.


Recent Activity

    Registration & Payment



    By PayPal or credit card:
    Choose a Challenge:

    By Check: 
    Payable to "Green Schools Alliance" with "GCC 2018" in the comments.
      Mail to:
      Green Schools Alliance
      1875 Connecticut Ave NW, FL 10
      Washington, DC 20009