2022 - 2023 School Year

Climate change is one of the planet’s most pressing concerns, and its effects are amplified in New Jersey. Recognizing that education is a critical agent in addressing the issue of climate change, New Jersey was the first in the nation to incorporate K-12 climate change education across content areas in its 2020 Student Learning Standards. The goal is to equip educators with the tools to help students understand the causes and impacts of global warming and how to adapt to climate change.

The New Jersey Student Climate Challenge is open to New Jersey public school students in grades 6 to 12. It is an innovative way for teachers to motivate their students to learn about climate change through a fun place-based project that aligns with the new 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 and then share what they have accomplished in a short digital story video. 

How it Works

  • The Challenge is FREE.
  • Teachers register their class or club to participate.
  • Under their teacher's mentorship, teams of 2 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 21, 2023.
  • 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 $2,500 to $500.

Teacher Registration

Teacher Resources

Recorded Information Sessions

Connecting Climate Change to Curriculum

This free full-day professional development day for middle and high school teachers, supervisors, and administrators will:

  • Enhance participant's knowledge of the causes and impacts of climate
  • Review the new climate change education student learning standards
  • Share strategies and examples for integrating climate change education into existing curriculum
  • Provide an opportunity for common planning with content area peers
  • Highlight free resources to support climate change education

Learn More

Educational Session Recording

Over the last two years, students and teachers participated in a variety of webinars exploring the causes and impacts of climate change and the strategies for addressing them. Browse the list of session recordings available for your viewing.


Email: njstudentclimatechallenge@sustainablejersey.com


New Jersey Student Climate Challenge Partners

The New Jersey Student Climate Challenge is administered by Sustainable Jersey and the Drumthwacket Foundation. It is made possible through the generous support of Atlantic City Electric and Exelon.