For your school to receive the top cash prize of $3,000 and become a Gold-Leaf Certified school, you must earn at least three credits in each of the following categories. Every semester your school participates, you must submit a completed semester report form. 


Be sure to include any supplementary items necessary to verify each of your completed challenges (e.g., photographs, meeting minutes, confirmation emails) in your email, ideally all bundled together in one cohesive PDF. If you do not receive a confirmation email in 2 business days, email Joevita at <> to make sure we received your form. Please, also, submit this feedback form to help us improve the program.  


Please be aware that the ultimate goal of this program is to educate and motivate students to recycle and reduce waste. Therefore, while it is not required for all challenges, we encourage you to include students in challenge activities as much as possible. 


1. Establish Teacher Green Team = 1 Credit

2. Recycling bins in all classrooms. First Semester = 1 Credit. Future Semesters = 0.5 Credits (updated for fall 2019)

3. Establish a student recycling club 2 Credits

4. Host a school-wide recycling competition with a corporate/nonprofit partner = 2 Credits (updated for fall 2019)

5. Organize a school-wide recycling drive = 2 Credits

6. Make a virtual (PSA) video for the community on effective recycling strategies = 0.5 credits per class that create a video; up to 4 classes / 2 credits. If your school creates a school-wide video that involves more than 4 classes you will receive the full 2 credits (new for fall 2020)

7. Participate in a recycling ink cartridge program with an outside organization = 1 Credit (new for fall 2020)



1. Perform 5 waste-audits per semester = 1 Credit (updated for fall 2020)

2. Convert to default double-sided printing school-wide = 1 Credit

3. Host a school rummage sale for community members at the end of each school year = 2 Credits (updated for fall 2019)

4. Host a school-wide Zero Waste Day = 2 Credits (updated for fall 2020)

5. Promote and collect recycling at sporting events = 2 Credits (new for fall 2019)

6. Conduct an energy audit = 2 Credits (new for fall 2020)