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Welcome to the 2012 Chicago Puplic Schools' Green Cup Energy Challenge!

2012 Dates

Registration Begins

January 30

Registration Ends

February 24

Green Cup Challenge

March 2 - 23

Final Results Announced

Early April


According to, America's K – 12 schools spend more than $7.5 billion annually on energy, but as much as 30% of that energy ($2.25 billion) is used inefficiently or unnecessarily. The GCC has shown that, through awareness and small behavior changes, those wasteful patterns can be reversed.



Chicago Schools worked together to reduce electricity consumption over a period of three weeks in March. Here are the final results...

The Green Cup Challenge raises awareness about energy conservation and provides concrete actions to take. Experts agree that the best way to save energy is to use less. You can’t manage what you don’t measure. The GCC teaches students that they have the power to save energy in their schools and homes, and that their actions can translate into positive change in the world.

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During the Challenge, students and school staff work together to implement energy-saving strategies; they take weekly readings of school electric meters, and compare the usage to a baseline from previous years’ consumption. dark cflData are entered weekly into spreadsheets on the GCC website, providing students with hands-on learning opportunities.

By participating in the Challenge, students and staff learn that simple things like turning off lights, powering down computers, unplugging electronic gadgets and machines when not in use, and setting thermostats to 68 degrees Fahrenheit add up to huge energy and cost-savings for schools.


May 18, 2012

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