Cool Campus Challenge Summons UCSF Sustainability Champions

By Robert Hood on March 11, 2019


The 2019 University of California Cool Campus Challenge begins April 1 and the UC San Francisco Office of Sustainability is looking for students, faculty and staff who are up to the challenge of reducing their carbon footprint.

The Cool Campus Challenge is a friendly four-week challenge designed to educate and motivate the campus community to take simple energy-saving, waste reducing and sustainability-focused actions. All 10 University of California campuses and the University of California Office of the President will participate.

“There are some great prizes this year including six solar chargers for the highest performing individuals, 20 FastPay gift cards for the highest performing teams, 100 tote bags and the grand prize of one Google Home for the top individual,” said UCSF Sustainability Director Gail Lee.

The challenge starts April 1, but staff, faculty and students can sign up today by going to You can choose to participate as individuals or as teams. Each week of the challenge will highlight suggested actions that participants can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase education and mindfulness about climate disruption. Actions earn you and UCSF points. You can also share your efforts on social media using #CoolCampusChallenge.

“The goal of the challenge is to rally support to meet the University of California Carbon Neutrality Initiative 2025 goal and educate the campus communities,” Lee said. “Human behavior is primarily responsible for affecting climate change and this challenge brings increased awareness. It encourages energy-saving actions and creates a culture of sustainability.”

Sign up today as an individual and create or join a team. Compete for prizes and support UCSF’s goal of carbon neutrality.