About the Campus Climate Challenge

The Campus Climate Challenge is a nationwide campaign to move colleges & universities to be leaders in the fight against climate change.

Students and universities can lead the fight against climate change, but we must do more, and go further. Thanks to years of student organizing, over 700 campuses have committed to carbon neutrality, and colleges & universities are the 3rd largest purchasers of renewable energy in the country. It’s a huge accomplishment, but an even bigger responsibility & opportunity.

We’re making progress, but campuses continue to support dirty energy that is fueling the climate crisis, and making people sick. Students must stand in solidarity with communities being impacted by climate change and dirty energy, and demand that our campuses clean up their act. We’ve got to hold campuses accountable to their commitments to become carbon neutral, and push them further to make a clean break from big polluters, divesting from fossil fuels and moving to 100% clean energy.

Already students leaders at hundreds of campuses are pushing their colleges to divest from fossil fuels, and dozens more are working to move their campuses beyond dirty energy to 100% clean, renewable energy. Together we can build a nationwide movement to lead this charge and support one another to win local victories.

Will you join us?

Here’s the plan:

  1. Build a nationwide movement of people calling on ALL college & university presidents to divest from fossil fuels and move to 100% clean energy — Sign the call to action!

  2. Connect campuses across the country to one another — Sign your campus up now!

  3. Provide resources and support to one another so that we can lead strong local campaigns — Check out the Organizers Hub!

  4. Use our collective power to support each others local campaigns and take action in solidarity!


In 2005, over 40 organizations came together to launch the Campus Climate Challenge, a nationwide campaign to move campuses to be leaders in the fight against the climate crisis. Five years later, over 700 campuses have committed to become carbon neutral, and colleges & universities are the third largest purchasers of renewable energy in the country.

We’re bringing the Campus Climate Challenge back because though our campuses have made a lot of progress, but we must go further.

Energy Action Coalition Partners

  • Chesapeake Climate Action Network
  • Campus Progress
  • California Student Sustainability Coalition
  • Earth Day Network
  • Environmental Justice Climate Change Initiative
  • Energy Justice Network
  • Grand Aspirations
  • Greenpeace
  • Green For All
  • Groundswell
  • Global Exchange
  • Indigenous Environmental Network
  • The League of Young Voters
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Ohio Student Environmental Coalition
  • Rainforest Action Network
  • REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands)
  • Responsible Endowments Coalition
  • Southern Energy Network
  • Student Environmental Action Coalition
  • Southwest Workers Union
  • Sierra Student Coalition
  • Sustainable Endowments Institute
  • SustainUS
  • Young People For