Through a series of monthly challenges, students will learn about climate change and appropriate, concrete methods for living more sustainable lives. On the first of each month, all participants will be sent an email listing out eight challenge options, with one falling into each of 4 specific categories:
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Participants will be encouraged to complete as many challenges as possible over the course of the month. Each challenge will be worth 1 point.
What’s New – 1.0 and 2.0 Versions of Challenges: In an effort to promote more dialogue and collaboration around sustainability issues, we will be offering 1.0 and 2.0 versions of challenges. The 2.0 challenges add a person-to-person element to the 1.0 challenge. Participants are encouraged to either complete both of the challenges or just the 1.0 version. Participants will receive 1 point for each 1.0 and 2.0 challenge they complete. View the September challenges sample email.
What’s New – “Choose Your Own” Challenges: If the proposed challenges for the month aren’t aligning well with your curriculum, or you want to go above and beyond in weaving challenges into the classroom, you may pull up to 4 challenges each month from the “Choose Your Own Challenges” list. These challenges also come with corresponding resources, and students will be able to receive points for completing them on the report-back form each month.
While the individual Ignatian Carbon Challenge can be completed on an individual level without the support of teachers and/or moderators, we hope that you will see it as an opportunity to integrate Laudato Si’ and action for environmental justice into your classroom/club.
Ways teachers/moderators can support the ICC:
- Get your students to participate by committing to signing up your class or club, or encouraging them to participate.
- Find ways to weave the monthly challenges into your curriculum. You can view the full list of challenges here.
- Remind and encourage your students to complete the challenges. At the end of each month, offer 5 minutes of class time for students to fill in the report-back form, or assign it for homework. You will have access to a report of your students’ report-back forms, so you can track for your individual purposes as well.
- Share photos, insights, and stories about the progress of your classroom or club related to the Ignatian Carbon Challenge by using the report-back form, emailing Kim Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org, or using #IggyCarbon on Twitter or Instagram.
Beginning/End: When individual participants sign up, ISN will gather basic demographic and carbon footprint information. At the end of the challenge, participants will be provided with a follow-up survey to determine any changes in carbon footprint, awareness, and attitudes.
Throughout the year: During the last week of each month, ISN will send an email to all participants asking them to fill in a short report-back survey by the last day of the month. The survey will take no more than 3 minutes to complete, and we encourage teachers and moderators to offer class time to complete the survey or assign it as homework. Participants can also access the report-back survey at any time by clicking the “Track My Progress” tab at the top of the Ignatian Carbon Challenge Page.
What’s New – Tracking Points: In order to promote more participants reporting back their challenge completions each month, we will now be tracking points. The top 100 participants with the most cumulative points will be both listed on the ISN website and entered into a drawing for a $10 CRS Fair Trade gift card.
ISN will also reach out to teachers, moderators, and individual participants 3-5 times over the course of the year to gather stories and insights about the challenge. We seek to celebrate the network’s progress as much as possible, so stories, photos, and stats will be shared on a monthly basis on the website and using #IggyCarbon on Twitter and Instagram.
Teachers and club moderators may sign up their classrooms until January 2018. Students can sign up as an individual until February 2018. Challenges will begin in September and go through May.
How It Works
Through a series of challenges, institutions will help their community learn about climate change and work toward a more sustainable campus environment. Unlike the individual challenges, which are received monthly, participating institutions have the entire year to select challenges that are appropriate for their campus.
Participating institutions are encouraged to complete as many of the challenges as possible over the course of the year. Each challenge is worth a specific amount of points (total possible points: 100). Throughout the Carbon Challenge, institutions will have the opportunity to accumulate points and recognitions from the Ignatian Solidarity Network and the Catholic Climate Covenant.
- Bronze Status: Institutions which have earned >300 points
- Silver Status: Institutions which have earned >600 points
- Gold Status: Institutions which have earned >900 points
- Green Star: Awarded to schools already demonstrating a strong commitment to sustainability at the start of ICC 2.0.
- Category Champion: Awarded to institutions which have completed >90% of one category’s challenges
- Green Strides: Awarded on a quarterly basis to 3 schools who have earned the most additional points since their last report
- Top Carbon Challenger: Awarded on a quarterly basis to 3 schools who have earned the most cumulative points
In order to participate in the Ignatian Carbon Challenge, an institution must register then complete a self-assessment within 3 weeks of their registration. During the self-assessment, an institution will determine if it has already completed any of the possible carbon challenges.
We also ask participating schools to have a president, principal, or vice principal to sign off on joining the challenge prior to signing up.
At the beginning of the challenge, we will ask institutions to complete a self-assessment to identify which challenges they have already completed. This will help determine any changes in carbon footprint over the course of the year.
Institutions will then be asked to fill out the self-assessment quarterly in order to be considered for awards and recognitions.
We seek to celebrate your institution’s progress as much as possible, so stories, photos, and stats will be shared on a monthly basis on the website and using #IggyCarbon on Twitter and Facebook. You will also be able to track your progress (as well as fellow schools) on the participating schools page.
The Ignatian Carbon Challenge lasts from September 2017-May 2018, and institutions may sign up through November 2017.
Minimum requirements for signing up:
- Approval from school’s president, principal, or vice principal
- Completion of initial self-assessment within 3 weeks of registration
- Commitment to trying at least 5 challenges over the course of the year
Please have your institution’s designated point person fill out the sign-up form. He/she won’t be responsible for personally completing all of the institutional-level challenges, but will be the point person for delegating challenges to the campus community, monitoring the progress of challenges, and communicating with ISN.