Climate Generation Program 2011-2012

This page last reviewed November 28, 2011

Our Climate.  Our Future.  Our Voice.

Join an inspiring group of young people across California who are working to solve the global climate crisis by taking action.

The California Air Resources Board has launched the Climate Generation Program for the 2011-2012 school year.  The Climate Generation Program is a project -based competition for high school students that connects environmental education with climate action projects.  It encourages teachers to integrate creative lesson plans or new curriculum into their classrooms to teach about our environment and helps students apply what they’ve learned in class by designing and implementing a project to reduce their school’s carbon footprint.  Project topics include energy conservation, renewable energy, water conservation, transportation, school operations (e.g., purchasing, facilities, landscaping, etc.); or awareness/communication.

Program Eligibility

To participate in the program, you must:
  • Be a high school classroom, club, or student group (e.g., environmental club, community or religious service organization, etc.) located in California.  Participating students must all be in grades 9-12.
  • Complete the registration form by February 3, 2012.
  • Work together as a team to design and implement a climate action project that benefits your school and/or community and the environment.
  • Submit a completed project report by April 2, 2012.
  • Have a school-affiliated teacher or mentor for each climate action project submitted for the competition.

Awards and Incentives

Up to $1,000 in grants will be awarded to the winning classroom or student group; grant size per winning classroom or student group will depend on project scope and available prize funds.

  • Certificates will be awarded to every student who participates in the program.
  • Plaques will be given to each winning classroom, student group, or school.
  • A press or media event will be held for the winning classroom.
  • Students who contribute significantly to Climate Generation projects can be nominated to become a Climate Champion.
  • Partners are available to provide technical, and in some cases financial, assistance with your project.
  • Scholarships and internship opportunities are available through our partner organizations.
  • Promotion of your classroom project on our partner organization websites and/or newsletters.

Additional resources and information can be found on the Climate Generation website or by emailing Judy Nottoli or calling at (916) 322-7429.  Be sure to review the terms and conditions of the program, too.