Sustainability Initiative Contests





Participate in a Partner Challenge

GrowNYC's Recycling Champions Program runs an annual recycling contest for RCP schools. To find out how to be part of the RCP program, check out their website!

The Green Cup Energy Challenge is an annual month-long, inter-school competition that empowers students and builds community, while raising awareness about climate change and the importance of energy conservation. Any school in the DOE can participate. 


GSA's Green Cup Recycling Challenge raises awareness about recycling waste reduction. This challenge generates excitement and encourages good habits that last long after the challenge ends.


Solar One's Green Design Lab Energy Challenge get students and staff involved in cutting down electricity use in their buildings. The challenge runs from November to February and is part of the Green Design Lab curriculum!

Enter the "Super Recyclers!" contest and show off your exemplary school recycling program. 



Enter the "Reduce And Reuse" contest to help make a real impact eliminating or reducing the quantity of materials that get set out for collection. 

Enter the "Team Up to Clean Up" contest to provide students with invaluable hands-on experience in caring for their communities and increases awareness of their direct impact on the environment.

Keep America Beautiful Recycle-Bowl Contest. Compete against other schools in your state nationwide to see who recycles the most. Try a shot at being crowned the next National Champion!

Made by Milk Carton Construction Contest allows you to re-use your schools empty milk cartons to build a sculpture for your school and classroom. It is a great way to express your schools artistic and creative side while being clean!

DEP's Water Resources Art & Poetry contest allows 2nd to 12th graders to create an original art and compose poetry that reflects an appreciation for our shared water resources


Use your artistic skills and enter the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation New York Recycles Poster Contest


Get Recognized!

  • NYC DOE Sustainability Initiative Excellence Awards
  • Eco-Schools USA is an international green school program run by the National Wildlife Federation. This comprehensive program provides a seven-step framework that can guide schools through sustainability plans and action items. Once the schools accomplish seven steps, schools can receive recognition at three award levels: Bronze, Silver and Green Flag. Find out more and fill out the registration form.
  • The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honors schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education. The award is available annually. Check out the requirements for applying.