Clean-Up Events: Clean Earth Challenge

Clean Earth Challenge - Host Clean-Up On Campus

Campus Race to Zero Waste participants are invited to participate in National Wildlife Federation’s Clean Earth Challenge. It’s as simple as picking up trash on campus, after a game, or hosting a clean-up in the community. Invite students, faculty, staff, and friends to participate in a clean-up event to help make our planet a healthier, happier place.

The “Clean-up Event” category is an option as part of the GameDay Football Challenge in the fall, as well as the main Campus Race to Zero Waste competition in the spring. Campuses can also host clean-up events anytime of the year, a back-to-school clean-up, or take action in April during Earth Month!

GameDay Football Challenge and Campus Race to Zero Waste Clean-Up Event Category:

If your campus is participating in the Clean Earth Challenge (clean-up event) as part of GameDay Football or the Campus Race to Zero Waste competition in the spring, guidance on how to report your clean-up (number of pieces of trash collected) will be shared. One winner be chosen in this category in the fall for the GameDay Football Challenge, and one winner will be chosen in this category for the Campus Race to Zero Waste spring competition, based on the highest number of pieces of trash removed from the environment.

Hosting Fall or Spring Clean-Up Events (outside the formal competitions):

If you are hosting a clean-up event, outside the two competitions (GameDay Football and Campus Race to Zero Waste), please sign up at www.CleanEarthChallenge and submit your collection data online. Best practices, clean-up event check-lists, and more resources can be found at

Participants have collected over 2 million pieces of trash and debris that litter our beautiful land, oceans and waterways! This pollution has a devastating effect on the health of our ecosystems, wildlife and the planet. And now, we’re working towards 3 million!