Sustainability Scavenger Hunt begins Friday August 23rd

Campus Sustainability Office August 19, 2019

What is the "Sustainability GooseChase?"

Join the chase! The first ever campus-wide sustainability scavenger hunt is coming to Cornell University for the first half of the fall semester, August 23 to October 12. 

To participate, learn how to download the GooseChase app and win prizes by completing small sustainability-related challenges on campus and at home during the first half of the Fall semester. 

The scavenger hunt aims to nudge sustainable behavior change and highlight the many amazing resources that exist to progress sustainability on campus. Missions will be added daily for the first couple weeks and bi-weekly thereafter.

Cornell students, faculty, and staff can compete for over $600 in prizes! Collect the most points to win a grand prize worth $300. All participants earning over 10,000 points will also be entered for a chance to win one of three prizes valued at $100! Smaller prizes also awarded throughout the competition.

Event Details

Cornell Sustainability Scavenger Hunt

Missions begin: Friday, August 23, 2019 9am EST
Final date to participate: Saturday, October 12, 2019 Noon EST
How to participate: See instructions below
Open to: Open to all Cornell community members | Mobile app download required

The Sustainability GooseChase competition gathers key actions students, faculty, and staff can take to progress a more widespread and impactful culture of sustainability at Cornell. Participate in missions to advance your ranking! Missions include completing activities, attending events happening during orientation, or taking small actions that make a big difference in creating a sustainable culture. 

How to participate:

Anyone can participate. The GooseChase can be especially useful for incoming students, giving them a comprehensive look at the sustainability resources & culture at Cornell, but is a great way for anyone on campus to get involved!

  1. Download GooseChase for free on any mobile device
  2. Register with a username & password of your choice
  3. Use code YL8643 to join the Cornell mission –or search for “Sustainability GooseChase”
  4. Complete missions throughout the competition period, 8/23-10/12. New missions will be added daily during the first two weeks, then bi-weekly thereafter.  You will need to use the app regularly to complete new missions. The more missions you complete, the higher the chance of winning a prize!
  5. Stay up to date during the competition by following Sustainable Cornell on social media.

Collect the most points to win a grand prize valued at $300! All participants will also be entered for a chance to win one of three, $100 prizes. 

Goals of the scavenger hunt: 

  • foster and normalize sustainable behavior change through gamification
  • give students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to meet and connect with each other
  • amplify learning and engagement by enabling participants to share knowledge and experiences with each other
  • encourage participants to track one-time and repetitive behaviors they are taking to live more sustainably
  • provide increased visibility for campus resources and highlight connections to sustainability
  • scaffold missions to help participants achieve deeper levels of knowledge and skills relating to sustainability

Missions will include topics such as:

  • Get Connected
  • Health is Wealth
  • Earth-Friendly Food
  • Sustainable Living
  • Trendy Transit
  • Trash Talk
  • Choose to Reuse
  • Shift to Thrift
  • Save Your Energy
  • Pop Quiz
  • Sustainable Campus
  • Your Thoughts
  • Get Involved

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