Chill Out Contest

Chill Out was America's first competition and awards program recognizing college and university innovations to reduce climate change pollution. Beginning in 2006, we held the annual Chill Out competition to recognize the projects and people making a difference. The winners were showcased in a webcast to inspire action and leadership at high schools, colleges, and universities nationwide.

In 2011 the National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology Program became a lead partner on the Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) resource reduction competition and are keeping the Chill Out spirit alive by hosting a video component for the competition. CCN is largest nationwide electricity and water use reduction competition among colleges and universities.


Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming seeks to advance and celebrate the innovators of global warming solutions on college and university campuses all across the country.

Since the 2006-2007 school year, the National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology team has awarded students and faculty on campuses across the country who are engaging in positive, practical solutions to global warming to share these with a national audience. Chill Out seeks to provide hope and solutions amidst the problems and consequences of global warming. It features broad initiatives on campuses that are making a substantial dent in the fight against global warming.

Each year, the Chill Out webcast brings together thousands of students, faculty and staff to celebrate real and practical solutions to global warming taking places on colleges today. The webcasts are used on campus as an education and organizing tool. Students are encouraged to plan events surrounding the Chill Out broadcast to engage even more students in climate action on campus.

Past Sponsors and Partners

The National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology team would like to thank the following who have been great partners and sponsors of Chill Out in the past.


Kendeda Fund is a proud sponsor of National Wildlife Federation’s Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming program.

Stonyfield Farms


Media Partners:

Planet Green is the first and only 24-hour eco-lifestyle television network with a robust online presence and community. Launched in June 2008, our on-air content reaches 50 million homes, offering more than 250 hours of original green lifestyle programming. Both online and on-air, Planet Green's content is entertaining, relevant, and accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. By representing a broad range of ideas and perspectives, Planet Green is taking an active role in generating conversation and motivating individuals to take action when it comes to improving the environmental status of our planet.

Music Partners:

The Steps are: Will Thompson (vocals and guitar), Sam Thompson (lead guitar), Stephen Ross (bass), and Z Lynch (drums). In 2005, the band took flight on a journey to bring a classic sound back to modern rock. Making their home in Austin, a city with a voracious appetite for music, The Steps became darlings of the rock scene with their incendiary live performances.

Playing in Traffic is a proud music partner of Chill Out.


America's Greenest Campus is the largest nationwide contest among colleges helping individual students, alumni, faculty and staff to reduce their carbon footprints through simple, everyday actions. Learn how your lifestyle impacts the environment and your campus, get friends involved, and win up to $20,000 for your campus' sustainability initiatives.

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), is a member organization of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada working to create a sustainable future. Its mission is to promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education--from governance and operations to curriculum and outreach--through education, communication, research and professional development.

Association of College Unions International is a nonprofit educational organization that brings together college union and student activities professionals from hundreds of schools in seven countries. Its members work on urban and rural campuses, in two-year and four-year institutions, and at large and small schools. They are students and administrators whose mission is to build campus community. ACUI enriches them all through education, advocacy, and the delivery of services.

Campus Conservation Nationals 2010 is a 3-week competition that pits the Ivies and the Big Ten Titans, the State Powerhouses and the Wily Liberal Arts, and the East and West Coasts against each other in a challenge to see who can reduce electricity and water use the most. Claim the crown for the campus that climbs to the top of Mount Sustainability, and take home bragging rights and bounty.

During Earth week 2011, Campus to Congress (C2C) will host over a hundred video-dialogues between Campuses and Congress on climate-related issues. If you want to invite your congressperson or senator to talk with your campus, C2C will -virtually- move heaven and earth to get him or her engaged.

Clean Air Cool Planet is in the business of solving the global warming problem through civic engagement, education and effective policy. CA-CP's Campuses for Climate Action program supports institutions in finding and demonstrating energy and global warming solutions - their Campus Climate Action Toolkit includes the Campus Carbon Calculator, used by more than 1,000 campuses across North America. is a collaborative effort to bring consumers and companies together in the fight against global climate change. They score the world's largest companies on their climate impact to spur corporate climate responsibility and conscious consumption. Check out the latest scorecard.

Earth Day Network was founded by the organizers of the first Earth Day in 1970. It promotes environmental citizenship and year round progressive action worldwide.

Energy Action Coalition is addressing climate change by winning clean energy victories at the local, state, national, and international level - all while growing and strengthening the clean energy movement among young people from all walks of life in the United States and Canada.

Focus the Nation on clean energy solutions to climate change! On April 18th, Focus the Nation is working with 1Sky, EAC, Green For All and dozens of other organizations to hold town hall meetings on America's energy future in hundreds of congressional districts in all 50 states.

GoGreenTube strives to be the destination for the world to share and view "Green" online videos that help provide important information about our environment, green technologies, innovations, products and services so we as governments, corporations, organizations or individuals can "Go Green" using the most effective means possible. For every video watched by a registered user, one pound of carbon is offset by GoGreenTube and Carbon Fund.

Jobs for the Future identifies, develops, and promotes new education and workforce strategies that help communities, states, and the nation compete in a global economy.

National Association for Campus Activities offers something for everyone, from students and staff at colleges and universities to agents, artists and performers. NACA's wide variety of events, educational sessions and workshops, publications and face-to-face networking opportunities will help you book bands, find great programming ideas and more! GoGreenTube LLC was launched in June 2008.

Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education is the leading voice for student affairs administration, policy, and practice, and affirms the commitment of the student affairs profession to educating the whole student and integrating student life and learning. NASPA provides a wide range of services, including outstanding publications; professional development opportunities for student affairs individuals; and a comprehensive, content-rich website.

RePaper Project, a project of the Environmental Paper Network, builds bridges between diverse communities to meet the goal of increasing the quality and quantity of paper recovered for recycling, and supports efforts to expand industrial capacity for recycled paper manufacturing.

The Wildlife Society works to enhance the ability of wildlife professionals to conserve diversity, sustain productivity and ensure responsible use of wildlife resources for the benefit of society.

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More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. The National Wildlife Federation is on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 53 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.

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