Cool The Earth

San Diego Contest Rules & Info

Important Dates
  • Signup Deadline: March 11, 2016
  • Contest Start Date: April 4, 2016
  • Contest Completion Date: May 26, 2016
  • Winners Announced: June 2016
  • All coupons collected between April 4 and May 26 count towards contest results.
  • Schools can choose to run program for 4 or more weeks within above time frame.
Contest Rules
The contest is being offered to K-8 schools with active PTAs in the San Diego Area through a partnership between the San Diego Unified Council PTA and non-profit organization Cool the Earth.

During the competition every student will go home with an Action Coupon book containing 12 different ways to save energy and water. As students take actions in the coupon book, parents sign the coupons and students return them to school to be tallied.

At the end of the competition, schools will be evaluated based on the highest number of actions per student. Three schools — with the most climate actions taken per student — will receive cash awards for their PTA. There will be a special fourth prize awarded to the top underserved school. The prize money scales depending on the number of schools. Encourage your friends at other PTAs to join in!
Prize Schedule
Schools 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Underserved* Total
10-20 $500 $250 $150 $150 $1050
21-40 $1000 $500 $250 $250 $2000
41-75 $2500 $750 $350 $350 $3950
Over 75 $5000 $1000 $500 $500 $7000
* Prize for most active underserved school (over 80% students receiving free lunch)
Contest Scoring
  • Schools will accrue points based on total number of Action Coupons collected divided by the number of students in the school (e.g. 800 coupons turned in at a school with 400 students’ results in a score of 2 coupons per student). Most coupons count for one point, but some coupons count for more points, as noted on coupons.
  • Schools must stage complete assembly to be eligible for contest and prizes.
  • School volunteer is required to collect students' signed coupons, and store coupons until Cool the Earth has verified winners.
  • Valid parent signature required where requested.
  • Completing the “Tell the World” coupon counts for 3x more points. Participants that take this action by posting photo on Social Media including Facebook or Instagram, with hashtags: #schoolname #ctecontest will earn extra points for their school.
  • At this time, we are unable to provide rewards to schools with less than 75 students.
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