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Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Environment, Environmental Education, Literacy

Mission: Cool the Earth’’s mission is to engage kids and their families in climate change by motivating them to take simple, measurable actions to conserve energy. Collectively, these actions, and an increased civic engagement, will make a significant impact on global warming.

Results: Raised climate change awareness in over 48,000 students and 24,000 families. Promoted energy-wise behavior changes in families who stated they took more than 93,000 conservation actions. Reduced carbon emissions by over 72 million lbs. Established key public/private partnerships with The Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Marin Community Foundation, Conservation Corps North Bay, Strategic Energy Innovations, Safe Routes to School, Al Gore’s The Climate Project, Northern California Girl Scouts. Cool the Earth has been honored to receive the Excellence Award from the California Air Resources Board and the “Clean Air” Award from Breathe California, Cool the Earth’s founder, Carleen Cullen was also the recipient of the Jefferson Award, a program of the American Institute for Public Service.

Target demographics: Students K-8 and their families in all communities; suburban, urban, undeserved, ethically diverse and geographically disparate.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 48,000 students and 24,000 families at over 100 schools throughout the nation

Geographic areas served: National

Programs: 1. Cool the Earth Schools Program 2. Cool the Earth Corporate Program 3. Cool the Community Girl Scouts Program

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

Climate disruption and global warming is such a daunting issue to attack...Bring in Cool the Earth! The coupon system introduced into our children's elementary school creates bite size, tangible, every day activities where step by step, laundry load by laundry load,light switch by light switch...we make a difference. From these easy actions, inspiration blossoms and confidence is created in the belief that we can bring about change ....with this new mind set great social change begins! Thank you

Michelle L.


Rating: 5

This is an amazing program that's turnkey for your child's school. We easily implement their ideas, they have great kid-friendly communications and ideas, and IT WORKS. It starts at the school, but definitely changes your actions at home too. My girlfriends and I joke about our kids being brainwashed about being green, the kids now get on our case if we're doing something not eco-friendly now, because they have learned so much from Cool the Earth's programs at our school. (Which is great!)



Rating: 5

As Cool The Earth co-ordinator for my kids' public school, I've been able to experience first-hand the power and enthusiasm that our children have for causes like conserving our earth's resources. With a program like CTE, we are given a blueprint for communication with and among the kids, their families and the school community. Its been a great program and I'm interested to see how it evolves along with our increased and changing needs.

Review from Guidestar



Rating: 4

The Cool the Earth Program helped us kick off our school's Green Initiative. The program enabled us to successfully engage parents, teachers, and children around a common goal. The materials were accessible, easily customizable, and the staff were very helpful.


Client Served

Rating: 4

Our experience has been amazing. The staff at CTE is dedicated to their volunteers and the schools in the program. They are responsive and creative in their trouble shooting and problem solving.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As E.D. of Waterplanet Alliance, met with Cool The Earth several times and hosted meetings they have attended on climate change and public education. One of the best organized, fastest developing non-profits I've had experience with. Particularly inventive work educating young children on the climate crisis in a positive way