Chill Out: Climate Action on Campus Webcasts

Scientists challenge the U.S. and other countries to reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050. Who better to demonstrate how this can be done than colleges and universities?

For the past five years, Chill Out has been bringing inspirational and educational Earth Day programming to campuses every April, through our Chill Out webcasts.  Each of these webcasts showcase the winners of that year's competition and provide great ideas for other students, faculty and staff on how to take action on campus.

Watch the webcasts with your student group, class or floor:

  • 2011: Tara Platt and Yuri Lowenthall hosted the webcast and featured campuses including Missouri University of Science & Technology, Montreat College, the Manhattan Night and Day School and more.
  • 2010: NWF's David Mizejewski and Alisa Reyes hosted the 2010 webcast and celebrated the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, while celebrating the winning campuses.
  • 2009: Hosted by a group, including Jose Yenque (Traffic), Annabelle Gurwitch (Planet Green), Michael Welch (Twilight) and more, this year's webcast was produced using cutting-edge green technology and showcased amazing campuses.
  • 2008: Andrew Lee hosted our second live webcast, engaging students and faculty from the winning campuses in great discussions and answering live questions.
  • 2007: Andrew Lee, a member of NWF's Young Professionals Advisory Council, hosted our first webcast, which was broadcast live from George Washington University in front of a live studio audience.

In 2011, we took a a different approach and are again highlighting campus videos, but not through a webcast. We are a lead partner on the Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN); CCN is a nationwide resource use reduction competition that challenges college and university campuses to achieve the greatest electricity and water use reductions during a three week period each spring. We hope you will visit our video page and see how students are engaging in Campus Conservation Nationals and reducing their personal energy and water use. Many of the participating campuses created videos during the 2012 competition to highlight what they are doing and to increase participation and behavior change. Take a look, share with folks at your school and make sure to sign up for next year's competition. For 2013, campuses competing are encouraged to enter the 2013 CCN Video Contest.