2021 - 2022 School Year

The New Jersey Student Climate Challenge starts with a question—how can we meet the challenges posed by the climate crisis? To help answer it, New Jersey public school middle and high school students are encouraged to identify and complete a school or community project to address a cause or impact of climate change. The students then create a short digital story video to highlight what they have accomplished. To support and inspire student action, educational sessions are offered. The sessions spotlight local impacts of climate change and strategies to address them, as well as success stories about what students are already accomplishing.

The challenge is free and open to all New Jersey public schools serving students in grades 6 to 12. Teachers register to participate and integrate the Climate Challenge into their classroom or club activities. Schools with first, second and third place winners will receive a grant ranging from $2,500 to $500 to advance their climate education initiatives. The students and their schools will be recognized at an awards ceremony hosted by the Drumthwacket Foundation with the New Jersey Governor and First Lady.


Register Today

There is no cost to participate in the Climate Challenge and no obligation associated with registering. Registered teachers will be emailed information regarding the Climate Challenge and educational sessions directly.


Educational Sessions

Two teacher information sessions were held in December. Each session covered the same content including an overview of the Climate Challenge, lessons learned from the last year’s pilot, resources available to teachers and students, and a review of how submissions will be evaluated.

  • Session 1 - Thursday, December 9, 2021, 7:00pm - 8:00pm - View Recording
  • Session 2 - Tuesday, December 14, 2021, 3:30pm - 4:30pm - View Recording

Topic-Focused Student Sessions

Students are invited to participate in virtual sessions that focus on local actions they can take to address the climate crisis. New Jersey experts and student activists will discuss case studies of local climate action and share the resources available to support student action.

Teacher Professional Development Sessions

Expert teacher educators will guide teachers from across content areas on ways to identify the big ideas of climate change and to integrate those climate concepts into the curriculum using high-quality (and free) educational resources. Strategies for scaffolding and supporting student-centered action projects will be shared.

2021-2022 Timeline

Teacher Registration OpensOctober 25
Virtual Educational SessionsDecember to February
Student Entries DueApril 1
Awards CeremonyJune


Be Part of the Solution

The New Jersey Student Climate Challenge provides guidance and educational sessions to aid the students as they implement local projects to address the climate crisis and compete to earn a grant for their school.


Turn Passion
into Action

Share solutions for the climate crisis

Access resources to complete a climate project

Connect with clean energy and climate professionals

Learn how students are making a difference

Receive recognition at special awards ceremony


Climate Leaders

Register a class or club for the Climate Challenge

Have students participate live or view the educational sessions

Learn strategies for including climate change in curriculum

Support student-centered climate action projects

Receive recognition at special awards ceremony


Informed Citizens

Encourage teachers to support student participation

Help students develop lifelong love of learning by being actively involved in climate projects

Receive recognition at special awards ceremony



Email: njstudentclimatechallenge@sustainablejersey.com


New Jersey Student Climate Challenge Partners