Rules of the game

Guilt-free zone – If you just tour the site and learn a few things about climate change, that’s great. If you complete an occasional challenge, that’s even better! We recognize that most challenges won’t be practical for everyone. Every little bit helps.

What we measure – The objective of the Rally is to motivate each other to make small changes in personal behavior that can help reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. To this end, we track and publish challenge commitments and personal CO2 reduction values on the site. We hope that seeing the incremental CO2 impacts directly resulting from the Rally will motivate people to do more. For this to work, folks should please only accept challenges that represent a real change in behavior. If you’re already leading a low CO2 lifestyle, some of the challenges will be things you already do. When this happens, we hope you can contribute in alternative ways like recruiting new members, posting some thoughts in a forum, or repeating a challenge action you discovered through the Rally a while back.

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Scoring – There are two kinds of challenges: “instant” and “accruing”. When you accept an instant challenge (e.g., turning off your lights during the Super Bowl), your account is immediately credited with a one-time CO2 reduction. Accruing challenges, on the other hand, add value to your account over longer periods of time. For example, if you install an energy saving light bulb, the daily CO2 reductions are added to your account each day for the life of the product.

Repeating challenges – Many challenges have a repeatable icon. These can be done as many times as you’d like. If it is a daily action, come back and accept it once for every day you repeated the action. If it is weekly action, come back and accept it again during any future week you take that action.

Trust – Honesty is essential to ensure the accuracy of our scores and results. For this reason, accepting a challenge must represent a real commitment to get it done. If you have trouble delivering on the commitment, don’t sweat it. You can un-commit to any challenge for up to 21 days at your My Carbon page. You can always come back and try it again later if you want.

Leaders – The Leaderboard shows the individuals, teams and cities that have the best performance over the last 30 days. You can also view the all-time best performers, but keep in mind that this view favors participants who have the longest history with Carbonrally.

Team membership – For now, you can only play on one team. You can leave a team at any time to join another one or become a free-agent. The team leader is automatically notified by email when you leave. Your carbon reduction credits come with you when you leave. A team leader has the right to remove anyone from their team. Regardless of your team status, your credits are always reflected in the score of your city. Remember, you don’t need to be on a team to participate in the Rally.

Minimum age – Carbonrally is open to anyone 13 years of age or older.

Have any ideas or questions about the rules? Please let us know at feedback . Thanks!


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