Chill Out 2007

The first annual nationwide Chill Out contest was held throughout the fall and winter of the 2006-2007 school year. The eight winners were featured in a first-of-its-kind webcast from George Washington University in Washington DC, which was broadcast onto 160 college campuses throughout the country as part of campus global warming events on April 18, 2007.

The webcast featured an address from Al Gore about the important role colleges and universities play in developing solutions to global warming that others should emulate.

"The projects implemented by the Chill Out winners put them on a fast track toward reducing their emissions of carbon dioxide by 30 percent by 2020 as recommended by the world's scientists." says Julian Keniry, Senior Director of Campus and Community Leadership for the National Wildlife Federation. "These schools, and many of the over 100 schools which entered the Chill Out competition, are modeling exactly what the science says should be done and are well on the pathway toward climate neutrality before mid-century."

Winning schools received a small grant from the National Wildlife Federation and a copy of the movie An Inconvenient Truth for showing on campus.

"Campuses are crucibles for a sustainable future free of global warming pollution," said Keniry. "Others should emulate their example so that we can create better career prospects for graduates, reduce our reliance on polluting fossil fuels and build healthier communities. It is a win-win proposition."