School Earth Hour Challenge

We invite you to immerse yourself in hands-on learning about saving energy at school! Participate in the School Earth Hour Challenge for a chance to win the following prizes: 1st prize $1000, 2nd prize $500, and 3rd prize $250.

*participation in this challenge is only open for Canadian residents.

Register for the challenge today to receive your welcome package including your submission form, judging criteria, downloadable posters as well as receive challenge updates. Educators must be registered to be eligible for the prize.

Step 1: Review the Educator Resource to learn about the Earth Hour event and the importance of energy conservation in your school!


Step 2: Choose the Day for Your School’s Earth Hour

  • Choose the day and time you want to do the School Earth Hour Challenge. Make sure to include your students, the school Principal and school’s facility operator.
  • If your school has energy metering technology installed, work with your school’s facility operator to make a plan for using it on the day of the challenge.


Step 3: Learn about Energy Metering and Energy Conservation

  • Using the Educator Resource, work with your Facilities Operator to understand energy metering technology and baselining energy usage data.
  • Brainstorm all the electronics used in their school that can be turned off during the School Earth Hour Challenge.


Step 4: Promote the Earth Hour Challenge!

  • Work with your school to do promotional events, such as announcements, posters, social media engagement etc. leading up to the event to bring awareness. Get as many students to participate in the School Earth Hour Challenge as possible!


Step 5: Complete the Earth Hour Challenge!

  • Participate in the School Earth Hour Challenge and have lots of fun! Make sure to unplug any unnecessary electrical devices beforehand.


Step 6: Celebrate the Impact

  • Work with your Facilities Operator to calculate the savings from your school’s Earth Hour Challenge and report back to us your energy savings.
  • If you have watt meters in your school, you can explore plug loads by using Energy Revealed learning activities such as ‘Electronic Overload’ or ‘Start Me Up’.


Step 7: Make an Energy Savings Plan for Your School and Take Action!

  • Keep the momentum going by implementing other energy saving action projects to extend the learning from the School Earth Hour Challenge!
  • Let us know what actions you took and the resulting energy savings from them!
  • Ask students to share their photos, presentations, videos, etc. while completing the Earth Hour Challenge by tagging us @GreenLearning and #energyrevealed.
  • Lastly, and most importantly, submit your results to us using the Challenge Submission form you received when registered for the challenge.


That’s it! That is how to complete the challenge! Make sure to register for the challenge to receive your submission form to be eligible for the prize! If you have any questions please contact


This challenge is perfect for distance learning classes and is open to all educators and groups including but not limited to homeschoolers, Scouts, and Guides.