Thank you Jennifer from Berry College! You brought us to tears!
Thank you Jennifer from Berry College! You brought us to tears!
Now, more than ever our lives are pulled in so many directions. Its hard to find time to make a difference in our own lives, let alone someone else’s. Work, or lack of work, stress, school, money, family, friends, commitments, responsibilities, and all those things that make up our daily lives take up most of our time. We find ourselves saying “I would do that if I didn’t have <<insert excuse here>>” as reason why we just dont have time to get in shape, or to change the lackluster training routine that we are in now. Getting healthy is sometimes the hardest choice for people to make.
As if things couldn’t get any harder…. Now lets add being a woman to the mix. Lets face it, fitness and exercise is still a mans world. I will speak for myself just so you understand. Last time I watched a triathlon there were 5 women compared to 33 men and when I used to go to the regular gym there would maybe be 2-3 women lifting weights. There are some exceptions to the rule (yoga, aerobics, etc.) but I know how you feel when you walk into the gym with the plan to lift some weights and do some leg extensions but end up on the tread mill because there were too many guys in the weight area and you didn’t feel like looking like a dork. Those machines are the comfort zone for most women as well as a crutch. Machines, as you will find out, are so inferior to using and moving your own bodyweight through space. Balance, coordination, agility, accuracy are all skills improved through calisthenics and using free weights. In addition most women find working out with weights by themselves daunting. Before I found CrossFit I would read about a wokout routine in SHAPE and then do it for weeks and weeks at the gym until it became ineffective and boring.
Conventional Wisdom has somehow drilled into our heads the silly notion that men and women are completely different species, especially when it comes to working out. There are definite differences – anyone who’s been in a relationship will be able to tell you that! – but that doesn’t take away from the fact that we’re all homo sapiens with the same basic physiological makeup. And so an outfit like Weight Watchers will push the chronic cardio (60+ minutes of straight cardio), the ankle weights, and the step classes because of some underlying assumption that women aren’t “meant” to lift heavy weights. It’s insane. Men and women have different work capacities and different natural inclinations, but their bodies still work the same way.
Like I said, this is coming from my own personal experience. As a 5’1″ petite woman, the idea of lifting weights scared me to death. I thought I would bulk up and end up looking like a man. What I experienced was something extraordinary. I went from a size 26/27 to a size 23. I dropped 15 pounds and have never felt better about myself. Mind you this was all in 2 months time. So before you knock the weight room, give it a try. Crossfit is one of the best fitness programs I have found, try it for yourself: http://bit.ly/oWBRHz
-Andria Kern, Social Media Guru
What do you think of these two brilliant Project Green Challenge submissions?! The extra credit Labeling Challenge was to redesign a food label and we so LOVE the work of these PGC-ers! Nice work.
Dear PGC Participants,
Welcome to Project Green Challenge! We are sorry for the delay, but thrilled to now begin this journey from conventional to conscious. As unforeseen technical difficulties delayed our start time todays Challenge Day 1 will remain live until Monday 10/3 at 4am PDT. The Challenge will now extend one extra day to 10/31. We so appreciate your patience and enthusiasm and are here to support you for the next 30 days and beyond!
With participants from 47 states in the US and 18 countries, our unprecedented student led initiative has already begun to accomplish great things.
Please read the following important instructions before clicking on the Challenge link at the bottom of the page.
Thank you for your passion, commitment, and desire to make our world a healthier and more just place. Heres to a fun and inspiring 30 days that will change the world!
The PGC Team
Create a new login (username and password) with which you can access the challenges, upload information, and track your points on the leader board.
You may register as either an individual or a team. Teams must be four (4) people or less (see instructions for rules on projectgreenchallenge.com or email us at email@example.com)
There are four (4) challenge levels each day: green, greener, greenest and extra credit. You must complete them in consecutive order (i.e. You may not attempt greenest without completing greener).
Each challenge boasts a set of tasks and deliverables that participants must complete and upload.
Challenges are crafted around specific daily themes.
You have 24 hours to complete each Challenge, unless otherwise noted (4am PDT).
To be eligible to win daily prizes, you must be an enrolled student (in middle school, high school, college, or university) and complete tasks fully.
Prizes will be promoted a day prior to the Challenge on TTG Facebook and Twitter.
Entries will be judged based on creativity, content accuracy, and relevance to the daily theme.
In the event that a team wins, the prize will be awarded to the team leader.
Winning entries will be posted on the PGC home page the following day.
Winners will be contacted by email and must respond within 48 hours to claim prizes.
Each completed Challenge task is worth points.
Points will be determined, posted, and awarded by TTG staff based on difficulty of the challenge and execution.
Participants can track points on the PGC leader board
Point totals will be one finalist selection criteria
School participation will also be tracked on a leader board
The school with highest percentage of student participation will win a set of prizes.
Challenge Link: http://www.projectgreenchallenge.com/challenges.php
Any article that talks about the importance of green youth movements is mighty fine by us… and we are honored to be included in this HuffPo piece, talking about Project Green Challenge and the power of young people to change the world!
Green Youth Movements Teach Kids Important Lessons
First Posted: 10/1/11
The leaves may be changing colors soon, but students across the country are going green. A youth-led organization is engaging high school and college students in a 30-day challenge to adjust their habits and go green.
The Project Green Challenge, which began October 1, offers participating students 30 daily tips “to raise awareness about conscious living, informed consumption, and the collective impact of individual actions, as well as empower students with actionable steps for their own lives,” according to the project’s website.
The Project Green Challenge is a campaign by the student-led organization Teens Turning Green. Founded in 2005, the group is “devoted to education and advocacy around environmentally and socially responsible choices for individuals, schools, and communities.”
The aim of the 30-day challenge is to both inspire students to alter their own habits and to reach out and touch others. The students who use internet and social media the most to share their experiences will have the opportunity to travel to San Francisco for a two day educational conference called “Green University.”
Teens Turning Green co-founder Erin Schrode, 20, describes the Project Green Challenge as “thirty simple steps to take your life from conventional to conscious.”
She told The Huffington Post that despite this being Project Green Challenge’s first year, her organization has received a strong response from youth in 44 states and across the world.
Schrode was clear about her organization’s mission. She said they want “to change the world, to prove that apathy is out, and to empower young people to be the change we wish to see in the world.”
She added, “I want to demonstrate to my peers that you can live consciously without sacrificing anything, be it quality, style, time, whatever.”
Audubon is also encouraging kids to take action for the environment. They recently launched the year-long Pennies for the Planet campaign encouraging youth to learn about conservation while raising money for environmental projects.
Schools are also taking steps to be more environmentally conscious. Schools in states such as Kentucky, New York and Virginia have all built facilities that implement alternative energy sources and increased efficiency measures. The state of Maryland is now including environmental literacy as a high school graduation requirement.
Be sure to find out how you can be a part of October’s International Walk to School Month.
For information about how you can get involved with the Project Green Challenge, visit the campaign’s website.
Watch this new video from the remarkable founder of Natracare: Susie Hewson. She ponders all the things we can do to help nurture and protect the environment (and each other too) during her cycle ride to work! I also love the shout out to Project Green Challenge at then end. We are so honored to have them on board with our TTG efforts. I adore these women and this company.
The new, super snazzy, hi-tech website is now live… get your login and join the fun on Day #1 of Project Green Challenge. Today’s theme is a good starter: “Eco Profile.” What’s your green quotient at the start of the 30 day lifestyle challenge? Here is our brand new site… browse around, learn, share, and have fun going from conventional to conscious over the course of the coming month!
We love Practically Green! Check out this awesome post…
Everyone who reads this blog knows a teenager, right? Or knows a teacher, a coach, a doctor, a neighbor who knows a teenager? Maybe you ARE a teenager!
Join Project Green Challenge, an amazing month-long event created especially for students!
The brainchild of Erin Schrode and her friends at Teens Turning Green, it launches October 1 with an entire month of exciting daily activities. Practically Green is proud to be a media sponsor to support the Challenge all month.
Find out about Project Green Dorm, Project Green Prom, Project Lunch, Teens Turning Green for Schools — and lots of other smart ways to be eco-friendly.
Erin’s mom Judi just emailed to say, “46 states.. 14 countries .. hundreds of schools.. thousands of students.. unprecedented! … so grateful.”
Have a look and plunge in: “30 days to take your lifestyle from conventional to conscious.” Wouldn’t you love to wake up on November 1st having accomplished just that?
We have 460 schools with participants signed up for Project Green Challenge. How cool is that?! And Indiana University is leading the way…
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Students can log onto www.projectgreenchallenge.com to learn how to sign up and more about challenges, prizes and participants. Though the challenge begins Oct. 1, registration will remain open after that date.
More students are signed up for the inaugural Project Green Challenge at IU than from any other university in the country.
Approximately 100 IU students have already pledged to take the 30-day challenge, with hopes to engage and educate high school and collegiate students on leading a green lifestyle through small changes.
Judi Shils, founder and director of Teens Turning Green, a California-based nonprofit organization, conceived the challenge idea in the spring. In designing the competition, Shils recruited environmentally conscious campus leaders from across the country.
Ellen Spurgeon, chief and director of sustainability for the IU Student Association, helped bring the challenge to IU. She serves as a campus liaison and is one of 12 Project Green Challenge interns.
“I was skeptical at first if IU had the demographic for it,” Spurgeon said of the perceived lack of support for sustainable efforts at IU. “It’s different in San Francisco. Here, it’s a select group. I just didn’t know how worthwhile it would be.”
After assessing potential benefits and receiving a few convincing calls, Spurgeon threw herself into the planning of the challenge. She developed an outreach plan targeted at various campus organizations, such as Union Board and the Student Sustainability Council.
Those who take the challenge, which occurs Oct. 1-30, will receive a daily email containing a challenge to complete that day. These challenges were written by students, eco-minded companies and nonprofits and will range in topic from food to fashion to fitness.
Emails will also include video messages from celebrity spokespeople and green authorities and supporters, as well as resources to help participants complete each task.
Challenges will prompt participants to use social media to share photos, videos and experiences with others across the country and internationally. They will ask students to make a small change in their daily lives that could have a larger impact.
“Our goals are trying to demonstrate what can change very easily and help students see change happen and become green advocates on their own campus,” Shils said. “My ulterior motive is to show kids how really powerful they are. If they can work together — cross schools, cross states — we will have critical mass, and the change will happen.”
Each challenge has three levels of difficulty: green, greener and greenest. More involved and creative responses will increase students’ chances of winning a variety of daily prizes.
Many sponsors, such as Whole Foods and The Container Store, are helping Teens Turning Green offer the daily challenge prizes.
The competition offers larger prizes, such as gift cards, food and supplies for the top-10 student contributors and a grand prize that includes a $5,000 college scholarship, makeover and eco dorm room transformation.
The most successful school will also receive a yet-undetermined reward, Spurgeon said.
Noting the importance and achievability of the challenge, Shils encourages all students to consider the initiative.
“Take a dive. You have nothing to lose,” she said. “It’s a great way to create habits and actions that will stay with you for the rest of your life. And there are cool prizes.”
With just one day left until the start of the competition after months of dedication and hard work, both Spurgeon and Shils have high expectations for the challenge.
“I want students to walk away with a feeling of accomplishment,” Spurgeon said. “It is easy to implement these steps and realize it is easy to take part in the green movement and that there is a big community for this, even if at IU it doesn’t feel like that.”
Shils complimented IU’s participation in the challenge thus far.
“Ellen was one of the most spirited responses we’ve had,” she said. “I’ve been really inspired and amazed by her energy. To see kids this powerful, this committed, this passionate — that’s the goal. That power of one is living proof on your campus. I applaud all of you.”