Truth or Dare 2016

Three local schools participated in the Truth or Dare program in the spring of 2016. The participating schools were the Telluride Intermediate School, the Telluride Mountain School, and The Ouray School. There are plans for the Norwood Middle School and Ridgway Elementary School to run the program in the fall of 2016. Prizes for each school were donated by San Miguel Power Association, and were used to incentivize participation in the program as well as congratulate those students who most significantly reduced their carbon emissions. At each school, students were given a scorecard listing all of the ‘dares’ focused on carbon emission cutbacks. Over the course of one week, students completed their scorecards based on the completion of the dares, and at the end of the week the scorecards were collected, and the points tallied.

Additionally, total carbon cutbacks (in lbs) were calculated, based on data provided by EPA resources. (Sources:

At the Telluride Intermediate School, the program was presented on Earth Day, April 22nd, to the entire school. In 2016, there were 52 participants that saved 10,321 pounds of carbon, with the top scoring class saving 3,471 pounds. The top scoring students from each grade were awarded gift cards to local businesses, and the top scoring classroom received donuts from Baked in Telluride.

The Telluride Mountain School’s Truth or Dare program ran from March 27th to April 4th. The program was announced during an assembly, with the entire school encouraged to participate. 16 students and one teacher participated, with the 17 total participants saving 4,157 pounds of carbon. The top three scorers were awarded gift cards to their choice of Green Businesses, and all participants received donuts as a treat.

The Truth or Dare program at The Ouray School took place from February 27th to March 3rd, in one 4th grade classroom. There were a total of 7 participants, who collectively saved 1,225 pounds of carbon. Prizes were awarded to the top three participants, including a gift card to Mouse’s Chocolate, and reusable water bottles donated by Klean Kanteen. The participants also received a pizza party donated by San Miguel Power Association, during which they discussed what they had learned during the week.

A very special thank you to our program sponsor, San Miguel Power Association, for providing the gift cards and classroom treats.  All students that participated in EcoAction Partners Truth or Dare Program collectively saved 15,703 pounds of carbon, the equivalent of taking 1.5 passenger vehicles off the road for an entire year.