2016-2017 Green Schools Challenge
Official Rules

Any public, charter, or private K-12 school located in San Diego County is welcome to participate. Challenge may be administered by classroom teachers, parents, guardians, community groups, and any other individual or organization engaged with K-12 schools. Only one project per school or per grade level (elementary, middle, high school) for schools serving multiple grade levels.

All project entries must be received by 11:59 PM PT on November 14, 2016. All project results (final submissions) materials must be received by 11:59 PM PT on March 31, 2017.

Winner Notification
Results will be posted in May 2017 on www.usgbc-sd.org


Winner Selection

Judging Criteria
Projects will be judged using a scored judging rubric in the areas of measured performance, project documentation, perpetuation, creativity, communication and additional creativity or impact.

Will be green building or sustainability experts selected through a volunteer or appointment process. Judges will be required to confirm no conflict of interest for final submissions in which they are assigned to review.

Judging Process
Judges will be assigned projects in a specific grade level to review and will complete the judging rubric. Schools with the highest overall average score will be named the winner.  

Breaking a Tie
In the event of a tie, an additional judge from the board of directors will be selected to complete the judging rubric for the projects in question. If there is still a tie, scores from each judge will be totaled. School with the highest total score wins.


One grand prize winner from all final submissions and one winner from each grade level Elementary, Middle, and High School from final submissions will be selected.

Grand Prize Winner will receive a certificate of recognition and equipment and/or supplies valued at up to $1000 to support the school's sustainability work and projects. No cash, credit, or change will be given.

First Place Winners from each grade level will receive certificate of recognition and equipment and/or supplies valued at up to $500 each to support the school's sustainability work and projects. No cash, credit, or change will be given.


K-12 schools develop a sustainable or “green” project that they complete throughout the school year and then document the results.

Projects should be no or low-cost projects and can range from an energy audit, to signage promoting sustainable practices, saving energy or water, or healthy eating, to a green club, a zero waste lunch program, or building a school garden. The project is up to the individual team to decide what will provide the greatest impact for them.

Projects must be conducted between November 2016 and March 31, 2017.

Submission Requirements
At the completion of your project, teachers should submit their project for judging and inclusion in the judging process.  

Please email the following items to greenschools@usgbc-sd.org with the subject line: Green Schools Challenge – Your School Name or mail to San Diego Green Building Council, 797 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101

(1) Submission Coversheet

(2) One - page summary of project goals, observations & results

(3) Link to maximum 5-minute video or digital (e.g. Powerpoint, Prezi) presentation

(4) Photo release forms of any students in the presentation


Legal Disclaimers

All participants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules and the legal disclaimers below, and by decisions made by the USGBC San Diego Chapter, which are final and binding pertaining to the Challenge.

All federal, state, local, and provincial laws and regulations apply.

By entering, each entrant accepts and agrees to be bound by these rules.  USGBC San Diego Chapter is not responsible for any lost, late or misdirected entries or final submissions for incorrect, inaccurate, or incomplete information whether caused by contestant, equipment, technical malfunction, or any human error, technical error or malfunctions. USGBC San Diego reserves the right to halt or modify the Challenge at any time during the Challenge Period if events beyond their control compromise the Challenge fairness or integrity.

Except where prohibited by law, a Winner's acceptance of a Prize constitutes permission for the Challenge Entities to use Winner's name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice, and address (city and state) worldwide and in all forms of media, in perpetuity, without further compensation. Entrants agree to allow USGBC San Diego Chapter use of their names and likeness for advertising and publicity purposes, without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law. USGBC San Diego Chapter may also provide the images, video or sound recordings to the national U.S. Green Building Council that USGBC is affiliated with for similar purposes, and the national U. S. Green Building Council is authorized to use the same in a manner consistent with this Release.  

Any valuation of the prize(s) stated above is based on available information provided to the Chapter, and the value of any prize awarded to a winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law.  Each winner is solely responsible for reporting and paying any and all applicable taxes related to the prize(s) and paying any expenses associated with any prize which are not specifically provided for in the official rules.  Each winner must provide the Chapter with valid identification and a valid taxpayer identification number before any prize will be awarded. 

Release and Indemnity

Each entrant in the Challenge, including, without limitation, a Winner, hereby releases and agrees to hold harmless the Challenge Entities, USGBC San Diego, USGBC and their affiliates, subsidiaries, partners, volunteers, advertising and promotion agencies and their respective directors, officers, board members, employees, representatives and agents from any and all liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind to person, including death, and property, arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of a Prize, participation in this Challenge and participation in any activity related to this Challenge.

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