The mission of Hot Planet / Cool Athletes is to ensure the next generation is educated and energized to lead the fight against climate change.

In partnership with The North Face, Clif Bar and MEC, this program leverages the power of pro athletes to inspire the next generation to protect the places we love to play. This impactful multi media event provides a platform for athletes to share their experiences witnessing climate change first hand, while educating students with the latest climate science. Ending with an inspirational call to action and the opportunity for students to win a Powder Grant for their school to bring their best climate-fighting ideas to life.

Since launching at X Games in 2011, we've reached more than 30,000 students at over 72 schools in the U.S. and Canada. The Hot Planet Cool / Athletes assembly runs 45 minutes and is completely free to any school. Interested? Request and Assembly or a DVD!

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There are two ways to have a POW climate assembly at your school. Both are free!


Have questions or want an athlete-led
assembly to come to your school?


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to show at your school.

"Young people have the most to gain, and the most to lose, by taking care of this earth and solving climate change right now"
-Pro skier, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa



Now is your chance to win money for your school to create your own green programs! With the help from our partners at The North Face, we're giving away $10,000 every year to the top proposals submitted to us from you, the students!

We encourage you to look at ways to make an impact in your schools or community, taking serious action against climate change. Whether it's building a recycling or composting program, a clean energy initiative or a developing plan to encourage your local elected officials to support clean energy, the sky is the limit. We just ask that you carefully review the terms below and submit your proposals by their respective due dates.

UPDATE: The application process has now closed for the Powder Grants. Please stay tuned for future grant opportunities.

Congratulations to our 2014 Grant Winners!


Madison West High School, Madison, WI

Creating a composting system for their campus.


Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy , Vail, CO

Building 7 watt stationary bikes from old used bicycles to create clean energy to power their devices (laptops, cell phones, etc.) in school


St. Albans City School, St. Albans, VT

A grassroots effort to enact a plastic bag ban within their community while encouraging a ripple effect among other schools, and ultimately taking it to the state level.


Manzanita School, Topanga, CA

Improving their current recycling and composting system through new materials and clear communication tools with the hopes of eventually becoming a Zero Waste School.


West Geauga High School, Chesterland, OH

Eliminating the use of Styrofoam in their cafeteria by purchasing new trays, plates and bowls; purchasing new recycling bins for campus and installing composting options in the cafeteria. They'll eventually sell the compost to local community gardens and use the funds to further invest in the overall waste reduction project.


• Grants can be submitted by individuals or groups of students.
• Proposal must clearly state the idea, the impact it will make and it must be endorsed by a school faculty advisor or teacher.
• All grant proposals must fall within a $5,000 budget
• POW will award one or more grants within a $5,000 budget in total, bi-annually
• Each school may submit one proposal per grant cycle
• Spring grant cycle runs 1/1/15 - 8/31/15. All proposals must be submitted by 8/31/15 and winners will be notified by 9/23/15.
• Fall grant cycle runs /1/15 - 1/15/16. All proposals must be submitted by 1/15/16 and winners will be notified by 2/8/16.
• Questions? Please submit proposals and all questions to by the correct grant cycle deadline.
• Download proposal form here.