APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
ACE has designed an approach to convert student climate education and inspiration into action. This approach couples its climate assembly program with a comprehensive Student Action Program.
To provide clarity and encourage students to lower their emissions and raise their voice, ACE will support students working on climate solutions as follows:
ACE educator presents school assembly
ACE educator helps inspired students form new Action Team, begins working directly with students
Action Team starts school-wide DOT campaign (Do One Thing to cool the earth's climate), allowing students to see that individual actions - when aggregated among their school community - can be meaningful. Schools will create and post large visible DOT commitments (such as murals and school competitions), and ACE will provide tools for students to calculate CO2 saved through their DOTs.
After completing DOT campaign, Action Team receives ACE starter grant
Student leadership and project management training sessions are led by ACE educators
Action Team takes next step, working with ACE educator on a student chosen action track. Action tracks and associated activities include:
Green Buildings (Power Down Day, Energy Audit, Energy Retrofits)
Transportation (Walk & Roll, Vehicle Idling, Carpool Program)
Stop Waste (Waste Audit, Recycling Program, Waste Free Lunch)
Raise Your Voice (Letter to the Editor, Clean Energy Advocacy, Regional Climate Summit, Speaking Opp.)
Leadership schools may apply for additional grants to take on more projects; student leaders can also apply for scholarships
Each spring, ACE will host a Youth Climate Summit with approximately 20 standout high school climate leaders, allowing our nation's leaders to be influenced by the voice of inspired youth
MONITORING, EVALUATION: ACE will use Salesforce to track all students/school Action Teams, leadership trainings, projects, project status, and outcomes. Projects will be posted on the ACE action map: <http://www.acespace.org/map>. - allowing nationwide visibility among US schools.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
IMPLEMENTATION AND TIMELINE: ACE's commitment will launch in the fall of 2010 and will be implemented over two years. ACE will add additional educators and financial resources to directly support Action Teams after the ACE assembly.
Breadth: Deliver ACE assembly to more than 2,500 high schools by the end of the 2012 school year
Depth: Establish 2,000 student Action Teams with an average of 10 students members per school (20,000 active students working on grass-roots efforts in schools throughout the US)
ACE educators will help more than 1,000 Action Teams take on advanced climate projects
Student projects will be collected and posted on ACE website
- ACE will host annual Youth Climate Summit for high school climate leaders to carry the voice of our nation's youth to our nation's leaders
The world's scientific community overwhelmingly agrees that human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are causing climate change, with dangerous consequences for our planet. Before the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) was founded, few opportunities existed for high school students to learn the science behind and risks of climate change. No uniform climate education standards currently exist in our schools, nor is there a unified approach for students to do something about this problem. ACE set out to provide innovative, in-person education on climate science through free assemblies at high schools around the US. In its first year, ACE educators reached more than 420,000 students with this assembly program. ACE followed up with students post-assembly with online resources, hoping that virtual contact would be sufficient to turn student inspiration into action. Though ACE assemblies and social media follow-up have greatly inspired the desire for youth to do something, ACE realized that to cement student education through action and accelerate behavior shift, additional educator resources were necessary to work directly with and support students.
To ensure continuity, ACE educators will help students form new Action Teams, and then work directly with these student-led Action Teams to help them take on projects to lower their CO2 emissions and raise their collective voice. ACE will also support students and schools by providing scholarship and grant opportunities for climate leaders. ACE believes that leaders around the world will listen to the collective voice of youth.