Cool the Earth at Your School

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn what it takes to bring Cool the Earth to your school.

What is the Cool the Earth program?

Cool the Earth is a ready-to-run assembly program that educates K-8 students and their families about climate change. Our program is in its 10th year and has run in hundreds of schools nationwide. The program inspires children to take simple actions to reduce their carbon footprint

Who can run the program?

Cool the Earth is run by a “Team Leader” (usually a parent or teacher volunteer) who promotes the program and serves as liaison; You don’t have to be a professional or an educator to run Cool the Earth; you just need to believe that every action counts!

What do you need to run the program?

Any school can run the program, once there is a parent or teacher volunteer in place, and the principal has agreed to hold the school wide assembly. Running the entire program takes about 10 hours of volunteer time for the team leader.

How does it work?

Cool the Earth supplies all the materials you need, and you provide the volunteers and energy to put it on. The program launches with a fun Assembly introducing the concept of global warming, starring teacher/parent volunteers from your school; Students then go home with Coupon booklets to take actions to reduce their carbon. Parent volunteers collect coupons and report their results!

How long does the program run?

The program is typically run for about 4-6 weeks, often around Earth Day.

Are there costs involved?

The program is free. Cool the Earth requests a $350 donation from schools with resources available.

Do you have materials in other languages?

Most program materials are available in English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

Do you offer any support?

Our website provides tools to help you run the CTE program, and our staff provides individual help through phone or email.

Is there anything else I should know?

Small prizes are awarded along the way to incentivize children to take action and there are Optional Green Team activities that enhance learning.