Take the Challenge


Step 1: MEASURE. Start by measuring your school’s baseline footprint, so you know where you stand. The Zerofootprint Challenge online application maps out your school’s footprint and shows you how other schools are doing. In order to create a baseline, collect data from September 2009 – June 2010 from your heating/cooling, electricity and water bills and enter it into an online form. Then, at the end of every month, starting in September 2010 through June 2011, enter your bill information and watch your footprint change over time!  

Step 2: COMPARE. Once you know what your footprint was last year, the next step is to challenge another school to a race. Who can reduce their footprint the most by the end of the 2010-2011 school year? Choose your competition by challenging any school on the Zerofootprint Challenge app. Remember, any school can also challenge you! Track your progress and see how other schools are doing in their races.

A useful gauge allows you to track how your performance compares against peers. Schools in the green zone are in the top third of energy performers, those in the yellow zone are in the middle third and schools in the red zone are the biggest consumers with the largest footprint. 

Step 3: CHANGE. It’s time to get creative. How many tonnes can you reduce your footprint? Finding ways to change your impact will take some creativity and research. The challenge is to discover new ways to reduce your footprint. You can share ideas on the Facebook page , comment on actions and progress, learn about best practices, and post pictures and videos on what your school is doing to lead. You never know, you might have some allies who want to help. Get out there and find them!


Ready to take part in the Zerofootprint Challenge? Visit the Zerofootprint Challenge website and enter the race!


Helpful Resources

For students, check out the Student Guide for instructions on how to measure your footprint

For teachers, check out the Teachers Manual for instructions on how to facilitate the program


Login to Eco-Schools USA

Join Eco-Schools USA 

Go to the Eco-Schools Facebook page Go to the Eco-Schools Twitter page Go to the Eco-Schools Flickr page Go to the Eco-Schools YouTube page go to the Eco-Schools Google Plus page Go to the Eco-Schools Pinterest page

Get our monthly emails!

Green Ribbon Schools
Dept of Education 

The U.S. Department of Education announced in April 2011 the creation of the Green Ribbon Schools program to recognize schools that are creating healthy and sustainable learning environments and teaching environmental literacy. Click here to learn more!