53: ADSKGreenGames

Challenger Profile at a Glance

Meet the ADSKGreenGames team from Denver, Colorado, challengers in the 2020 International Climate Action Challenge. Their goal was to launch an entertaining and educational challenge to encourage colleagues to make small sustainable changes in day to day life that add up to a bigger impact on the planet and community. 


  • #53 – ADSKGreenGames

  • 90-Day Challenge Goal: Encourage colleagues to make small sustainable changes with a 30-day challenge

  • Location: Denver, Colorado, USA 

  • Registered Challengers: Frederique Lidman, Kaitlin Dahleen, Catie Connor

  • 90-Day Challenge Period: September 1 – November 30, 2020


The ADSKGreenGames challenge took place within that time period from October 12 to November 12, 2020. The team tracked activities and reported:

  • 35 people participated in the GreenGames challenge

  • 226 actions taken during the 30-day challenge period

  • 3 avocado trees were planted in the cloud forest of Costa Rica

Examples of actions taken include reducing meat intake, saving energy at home, composting, food waste management, encouraging people to vote, and picking up trash during daily walks.

Even after the challenge ended, participants continued to report actions. The challenge provided a way to “meet” colleagues with similar interests and work together doing better for the planet. The initiative also provided welcome relief from the stress of working from home and other challenges brought by 2020.

Challenge Experience

What parts of the challenge were most helpful? Here’s what Frederique shared:

The Climate Action Challenge book gave me all the timeframes and timeline and the action to do one by one to make it a successful launch.

Collaboration: Our team reviewed a podcast or an action posted in a climate action challenge portal and then passed it on as an opportunity for participants in our challenge.

Input from mentors on how to run a challenge without needing to create an app

Weekly assignments and check-ins because it kept me accountable. It’s like back to school. Give me homework. Give me a timeline and I will do it. Otherwise, it just gets lost with everything else we have to do in life.

Next Steps

Moving forward, the team is planning to:

  • Review the previous challenge to identify ways to improve it in the future

  • Explore holding the event annually, making it bigger and better each year


What does Frederique recommend for others who want to make an eco-impact at their company?

“Take extra steps to clarify roles, responsibilities, and time commitments to be able to balance participation in the challenge with work and other responsibilities.”


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