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.
Thanks to the carbon challenge in March this year I have now changed how I commute to work. I have reduced driving my car to one day a week and now catch the bus four days a week! The carbon challenge has made a huge difference!
A job well done ACT Govt! - Lee.
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.
Primary Schools Challenge
In August 2016 the challenge was on for ACT Primary schools and by challenge, we mean Carbon Challenge!
The schools listed below registered to participate and students got busy saving emissions at home to try and win prizes for themselves and their school.
1st prize: Maribyrnong Primary School
2nd prize: N/A there were no entries for second prize.
3rd prize: Hawker Primary School
Amaroo School - Primary, Aranda Primary, Arawang Primary, Brindabella Christian College - Primary, Canberra Girls Grammar - Primary, Curtin Primary,
Farrer Primary, Hawker Primary, Holy Family Primary, Kingsford Smith School - Primary, Latham Primary, Lyneham Primary, Maribyrnong Primary,
Mawson Primary, Mother Teresa School, North Ainslie Primary, Palmerston Primary, Red Hill Primary, St Michael's Primary, Taylor Primary,
St Francis of Assisi Primary, Wanniassa Hills Primary
View full terms and conditions of the competition. (revised 31 July 2016)
Ditch the dryer and #PegItOut
Schools participating in the ACT Primary School Carbon Challenge committed to #PegItOut. The challenge encouraged students to save emissions by helping mum and dad hang out the washing instead of using the dryer. To help with the challenge, students got busy making their own Superhero pegs! Below are some of our Superheros of the Day;
Checkout Ashley's superhero peg creations, their names are Captain Carbon & the Carbon Child.
Bonnie and Verity from Taylor Primary School.
The girls have been busy pegging out their washing, turning down the heating and using reusable drink bottles. They even make time to recycle and look after their veggie patch! Awesome work girls!
Nina from Palmerston Primary.
Nina created Green Girl and Solar Woman!
Superheros created by Emily and Hannah from Maribyrnong Primary.
Secondary Schools Competition
In April 2018 Actsmart will be running the Carbon Challenge competition in ACT secondary schools (years 7-10).
The ACT secondary schools competition will provide high school students with the opportunity to:
- Learn new ways to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions
- Save money
- Take on environmental challenges and compete with other schools to win great prizes
Prizes are awarded for individual student and school categories. Give your students the chance to win prizes of up to $1,500 for your school!
Keep an eye on our website for more information about the competition.