A contest-based citizen science and advocacy program that encourages students to engage in litter reduction.

A joint effort of the Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet, the School District of Philadelphia’s GreenFutures Program, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, and Litterati, CleanFutures will utilize data to track the types of litter found on school grounds and then match schools with the resources to find innovative ways to reduce that litter.

By signing up for this contest, your school, class or after-school club will get access to the Litterati app that will allow you to take photographs of litter and store that data in the Litterati system. Litterati will create a geo-fence around your school grounds so that this data can be used to generate a litter report that is specific to your school. Litterati will also provide curriculum that will provide your students with the evaluation, analysis and civic action skills to do something about the litter you find on your school grounds.

All public schools (K-12) can participate and all science classes, science clubs, sustainability clubs and/or any other applicable groups within the school can apply. At the end of the contest period, all projects will be evaluated and awards will be given to schools in a variety of categories such as most impact, most innovative project, best use of data etc. Prizes could include mini-grants, assemblies in your school and other incentives and all contest winners will be invited to take part in a special ceremony at the School District Headquarters in June.

Applications are due by November 30th. Eligible groups will be notified of their participation in mid December and projects will run Jan. 1st – April 30th. Contest winners will be announced in mid May with an award ceremony to follow in June.