Two informational sessions have been scheduled for the New Jersey Student Climate Challenge, according to an announcement from Sustainable Jersey.

The challenge, open to New Jersey public school students in grades 6 to 12, is an innovative way for teachers to motivate their students to learn about climate change through a fun place-based project that aligns with New Jersey’s Climate Change Education Student Learning Standards. Students work in small groups to complete a school or community project that addresses a cause or impact of climate change. Then, they share what they accomplished in a short digital story video.

The two informational sessions will answer teacher questions and will include insights from past participating educators. Learn about the Climate Challenge submission process, required documents, available resources and the review process. There is no cost to participate in the Climate Challenge and no obligation associated with registering for an informational session.

How it Works
  • The challenge is free.
  • Teachers register their class or club to participate.
  • Under their teacher’s mentorship, teams of two to 12 students complete a school or community project that addresses a cause or impact of climate change.
  • Each team creates a digital story video about the project and completes a Climate Challenge submission form by April 10, 2024.
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place middle and high school winners are recognized at an awards ceremony hosted by first lady Tammy Murphy.
  • School winners receive grants to advance their climate education initiatives ranging from $500 to $3,500.

For the 2023-2024 New Jersey Student Climate Challenge there are two award categories. Contest rules and the entry submission are the same for both categories.

Learn more about the New Jersey Student Climate Challenge.