The EPIC Challenge fosters student-driven projects that answer the question, “How can you make your neighborhood more sustainable?" Students and teachers will learn from experts and receive support and feedback through digital and in-person networks.
The EPIC CHAllenge will serve as a means to educate students, teachers, mentors, and community members about “no-regrets” carbon drawdown solutions, which are existing strategies that address climate change, but also benefit local economies, health, and social well-being of communities. The digital campaigns for a carbon drawdown strategy that the students create will counter limited, in-classroom activities that may produce unconnected, static results that are unable to grow and change with student and community interests over time. The campaigns will help build a coalition that can enable students to engage with others to enact real change. Coalitions will be made up of supportive individuals and organizations whose missions align with the students’ goals. The digital campaigns will serve as artifacts that can receive support and feedback after the completion of the Challenge, and grow and iterate as the students and their communities work on implementation - one, five, or ten years from now.