Actsmart Carbon Challenge
The Carbon Challenge is a great way to get involved in becoming more sustainable. It's an easy-to-use tool designed to help all ACT residents become more sustainable in their daily lives. Different challenges are up for grabs and each has great tips and advice on how to complete them. They're all self nominated and a whole lot of fun. With each challenge, you compete against yourself, your friends or a team from work or your community and earn emission savings for your efforts.
History of the Challenge
The development of the Carbon Challenge has been a joint effort between the ACT Government and the Canberra Environment Centre, who first started the project in 2012 through an ACT Climate Change grant. The project was popular with Canberra residents, with hundreds of households committing to reduce their personal carbon emissions over a period of 12 months. Using this successful model, the challenge has been updated to form part of the Actsmart sustainability hub – helping ACT residents get involved in reducing their carbon footprint and ensuring a sustainable and prosperous future for our city.
How it works
- Set your challenges
- Receive advice and tips on how to complete your challenges
- Accumulate emission savings when you complete your challenges
- Share your results with friends and move up the Carbon Challenge leaderboard all the while helping the environment and potentially saving money!
Browse the Challenges
Select from a wide range of challenges available covering energy, water, waste, food, transport and community. Most challenges earn you emission savings whilst others earn you a badge. The goal is to be the person with the most emission savings at the end of the year!
View and Accept the Challenge
Once you see a challenge you like, click on it to view a full description of how you complete it and why it makes a difference.
Post on the News feed
Use the News feed to post your successes, photos or to ask questions.
Get started today
It is easy to make simply lifestyle changes that reduce carbon emissions and enhance quality of life, all whilst helping Canberra to lead the way in sustainability throughout Australia. Register now to get started on setting up your Carbon Challenge profile, share your profile with friends, family and co-workers and choose some challenges to work towards.
Change your Mode for March - Results
We did it Canberra!
We parked the car and chose active travel for the 31 days of March. Together we saved approximately 1.3 tonnes in transport emissions - equivalent to taking three cars off the road for the month!
We also travelled around 4370km using alternative modes of transport – that’s further than driving from Canberra to Perth!
Joseph Ting won the Fitbit flex in the individual challenge and Lachlan Duncan, Louise Finch-Penninger and Donna Belder from The Rad Grad Gang won the team challenge, receiving vouchers to attend a Locavore workshop of their choice at the Canberra Environment Centre.
Congrats to everyone and don’t forget to think about active travel even though the competition is officially over.
Will we see you in the next Carbon Challenge initiative?