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The Huffington Post on PGC and Green Youth

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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.

Go Indiana University!

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We have 460 schools with participants signed up for Project Green Challenge. How cool is that?! And Indiana University is leading the way…

University leads US in green challenge participation

By MATTHEW GLOWICKI

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.”

Eco18

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A great piece by Eco18 on Project Green Challenge… and the momentum just keeps on growing! Are you ready for Oct 1!?

Students Lead 30-Day Eco-Challenge

College students participate in the Project Green Challenge and green up their lives by talking on landlines, using reusable water bottles, eating organic and keeping track of all their green efforts on the back wall. Image provided by Project Green Challenge.

On October 1st, Teens Turning Green (TTG) will launch a challenge for high school and college students to green up their lives for 30 days. Project Green Challenge (PGC) will run through the entire month of October, giving participants 30 simple steps to make living a green life as easy and fun as possible.

“The Challenge aims 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,” said Erin Schrode, 20, Project Green Challenge Program Director and Co-Founder of TTG. “In one short month, you‘ll not only change your life, but help sustain the planet too.”

Each day, participants can choose to accept the “green, greener or greenest” challenge. The greener you go, the better chance you have to win prizes up for grabs each day throughout the month, but if you don’t have a lot of time to complete an action one day, you can choose the “green” option. Challenges will cover a myriad of green topics including fitness, food, decorating, gardening, fair trade, wellness, technology, style and basically anything else green-related you can think of. Along with a new challenge, each day participants will receive eco-tips, facts and resources to help them on their eco-journey.

“I have been a part of Teens Turning Green for four years, and with Project Green Challenge we are reaching students across the entire nation, which is truly amazing,” said Brooke, Senior at Tam High. “Our goal is to help others learn how easy it can be to green their lives – one day at a time.”

At the end of the month, participants can submit an application with a video sharing their experience throughout Project Green Challenge and 10 finalists will be chosen to participate in an eco-summit in San Francisco called Green University. These 10 finalists will also receive a Raleigh bicycle, $100 gift card to Whole Foods Market, year’s worth of Nature’s Path snacks, swag from The Container Storeand many other prizes.

One grand prize winner, chosen by an elite panel of judges at the Green University, will also take home a $5,000 scholarship, $1,000 gift card to Whole Foods Market, $1,000 to spend at The Container Store an eco-style makeover and much, much more. Do yourself a favor and check out the prize page for the full list.

“Project Green Challenge has created a fun and easy way to involve high school and college students in being green,” said Ellen Spurgeon, Campus Representative, Chief and Director of Sustainability for Indiana University’s student government. “It has been encouraging to see the enthusiasm across Indiana University’s campus to participate in the movement toward a greener lifestyle.”

Over 1,000 people across the US have already signed up. This challenge is open to people of all ages, though only high school and college students are eligible to win the finalist and grand prize packages. To register for the Project Green Challenge, or just to see if anyone else at your school is involved, visithttp://www.projectgreenchallenge.com.

OMI’s Shout Out to PGC

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Who doesn’t want an organic mattress?! WE CERTAINLY DO! And it seems that a lot of other people do too, by the rate of sign ups coming in for Project Green Challenge (hundreds in the past couple of hours!). Check out this latest post from our brilliant, industry-leading partner OMI

Teens Turning Green

Our  friend Erin Schrode from Teens Turning Green is one of the brilliant young minds behind Project Green Challenge, a powerful, diverse, and far-reaching movement inspiring young people to take action and protect our planet.

Here is a exert from their website about the movement:

This October, Teens Turning Green is energizing high school and college students across the country to participate in Project Green Challenge, a 30-day green lifestyle initiative. The Challenge will raise awareness about conscious living, informed consumption and the collective impact of each of our actions.

With the guidance of eco experts, industry leaders and the PGC Guide to Living Green, participants will discover how fun, easy and effective eco living can be.

How it Works

Throughout October a daily green challenge will be outlined onProjectGreenChallenge.com and in an email delivered to each participant who has signed up . Each challenge will be supported with resources, tips, facts and a green glossary.

Over the course of the 30-day Challenge, participants will share their responses to challenge tasks on ProjectGreenChallenge.com utilizing Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Get Your Green Diploma

Contestants who complete the 30-day Challenge can apply for the Challenge Finals. Ten finalists will be selected to participate in Green University, a two-day eco summit held in California this December. Students will be flown to San Francisco where they will learn from esteemed eco leaders, present experiences from the 30-day Challenge, and work together to create unique platforms for social action.This new slate of projects will be implemented by Teens Turning Green and youth nationwide in 2012.

Challenge Champion

A panel of judges will name one finalist as the Project Green Challenge Champion. The winner will receive a one-of-a-kind prize package and the opportunity to work with Teens Turning Green and its partners in the coming year.

Join the Challenge!

Be apart of a world changing initiative – sign up today!

And be sure to get your friends and school involved in Project Green Challenge. Two students from participating schools will be invited to participate as Project Green Challenge Campus Reps and to lead the effort on their school campuses. Click here if you want to see what the job entails and to sign up.

 

Take the challenge today and help your generation protect our planet!

Two Weeks To Go!

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Project Green Challenge begins in just two weeks. WAHOO! Check out Erin‘s brand new video and share it with your friends and networks to drum up excitement! Encourage everyone you know to sign up… because this 30-day eco lifestyle extravaganza is simply too good to miss.

 

I Challenge You…

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I want YOU to sign up for Project Green Challenge. Our latest and greatest Teens Turning Green movement is gaining momentum in such a beautiful way… so join in now! Got to the PGC website to read more, find out ways to get involved, and sign up for the 30-day eco lifestyle challenge coming this October 1 – 30.

Want to live a more sustainable and responsible life? We will give you one simple, fun, high impact step each day… to take you from conventional to conscious in 30 days! Join thousands of young people and sign up today!

Sign Up Today!

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TTG Spokeswoman and Co-founder Erin Schrode talks about Project Green Challenge…

Have you ever felt as if you wanted to ‘do something,’ but didn’t know where to start? Project Green Challenge is that chance, your entry point into action and sustainability. Our upcoming 30-day eco lifestyle Challenge is mobilizing high school and college students nationwide through fun, simple, and high impact daily steps. We challenge you to complete themed actions each day in October. Can you do it? Can you take your life from conventional to conscious?

I am proud to say that Project Green Challenge (PGC) is an initiative of youth, by youth, for youth! Our team of more than fifteen interns, staff, partners, and a number of newly-appointed PGC campus reps has spent the last four months working tirelessly to develop the program structure, corporate and non-profit partnerships, and our multimedia platform. We have spoken with hundreds of high schools, colleges, and universities about grounding this initiative, incorporating the Challenge into campus culture, extracurriculars, even curriculum.

Involve your campus – because this is a nationwide competition for schools too. Win an on-campus Sustainability 101 event, eco resource fair, organic lunch for leadership council, ice cream party, green cleaning supplies, and consultation with Teens Turning Green to set your school on a greener path. This is the beginning of a dynamic, collective, student-led movement to shift the paradigm!

We are using social and traditional media, a robust digital platform, and strong on-campus presence to bring the Challenge to you, into the hands of our generation. As a twenty-year-old, I fully understand the need for relevant themes and straight-forward actions to ensure the Challenge is accessible to young people and has maximum impact.

Bottom line: I want to empower YOU. I want to inform and inspire, showing my peers that small changes in our daily actions really can have a positive effect on our health and the environment.

Sign up to take the 30-day eco lifestyle Challenge and we will deliver the daily challenges directly to your inbox, complete with resources, tips, a glossary, experts, videos, and more. When it is this simple and high impact, there’s no excuse for you not to join the movement to change the world – and spread the word far and wide!

Delve deeper, become more engaged, complete the green, greener, and greenest levels of daily challenges, share your experiences with our audience – and you might just earn yourself a spot in the Challenge Finals! Ten finalists will be flown to San Francisco for an educational and inspiring two-day eco summit, which we have titled Green University.

You could win some really phenomenal prizes too! A $5000 college scholarship, $1000 gift card for Whole Foods Market, weekend trip for two to southern California, bicycle courtesy of Natracare, full eco dorm or room makeover, year’s supply of Nature’s Path breakfast and snack foods, organic and ethical clothing, natural body products, and much much more.

We aim 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. Help us get the word out! If we all take the Challenge and commit to being the change we wish to see in the world, then yes, we can build a powerful, diverse, and far-reaching movement that inspires this generation to lead the transition from conventional to conscious and sustain our world.

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Who am I? Who are we? Good question! Read on:

Erin Schrode is a young ecoRenaissance woman. As the “face of the new green generation,” the co-founder and spokeswoman ofTeens Turning Green promotes global sustainability, youth leadership, environmental education, and conscious lifestyle choices. After working in disaster response in Haiti, she founded and launched The Schoolbag, a youth education project to provide tools and materials for students in need, as well as initiate active citizenry and environmental stewardship. Erin is a media personality, sharing her knowledge as an eco expert on television and the radio, in books, newspapers, magazines, websites, podcasts, and her own ecoRenaissance blog and twitter feed. She is US Ambassador to the leading global youth forum,One Young World, and speaks frequently, serves on panels, and hosts events, shows, conferences, summits, and videos to raise public awareness about environmental and social responsibility for individuals, schools, and communities. Erin just completed her second year as a DEANS Scholar at New York University, studying abroad in the Middle East and West Africa.

Teens Turning Green is a student led movement devoted to education and advocacy around environmentally and socially responsible choices for individuals, schools, and communities. TTG seeks to promote global sustainability by identifying and eliminating toxic exposures that permeate daily life, often unknowingly, yet threaten public and environmental health. What began in California in 2005 now has a presence at elementary, middle and high schools, universities, and student organizations across the United States, as well as a strong virtual platform and media presence. Chapters nationwide lead grassroots efforts that aim to raise awareness, encourage behavior change, and lobby for policy that will lessen local and global impact.

Prizes!

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We have just announced a number of the phenomenal prizes for Project Green Challenge! If changing the world AND having the chance to win prize packages as amazing (REALLY!) as these doesn’t motivate you into action, I don’t know what will. So just trust me on this one… and sign up for the Challenge!

 

GRAND PRIZE 

•$5,000 College Scholarship (Donor: Natracare)

•$1,000 gift card to Whole Foods Market (Donor: Whole Foods Market)

•$1,000 Bedroom / Dorm Room Eco Transformation (Donor: The Container Store)

•Node Cradle to Cradle Chair and multipurpose Turnstone Crushed Can Table (Donor: Steelcase)

•Eco Style Makeover including eco fashion, shoes and accessories. Personal consultation with lead PGC stylist and fashion curator, Megan Kott (Donors: multiple eco fashion companies)

•Head to Toe Eco Makeover including a full selection of hair, body, skin and cosmetic products, personal make up consultation, application, and lesson! (Donors: Juice Beauty, Burt’s Bees, EO Products, Iredale Cosmetics)

•Additional prizes will be listed during the month of September

 

PRIZE PACKAGES FOR TEN FINALISTS

•Raleigh Bicycle (Donor: Natracare)

•$100 gift card to Whole Foods Market (Donor: Whole Foods Market)

•Year’s worth of organic bars, snacks and breakfast cereal (Donor: Nature’s Path)

•Selection of eco hair, body and face products (Donors: Juice Beauty, Burt’s Bees, EO Products, Iredale Cosmetics)

•Ultimate Kit of Reusables (Donor: The Container Store)

•Year’s worth of 100% post consumer recycled notebooks and paper (Donor: Kejriwal)

•Selection of top-of-the-line home and cleaning products (Donors: Seventh Generation)

•Year’s subscription to Coco Eco, and Natural Health Magazines (Donors: Coco Eco and Natural Health)

•Set of eco DVDs that will inspire you to change the world

•Library of eco lifestyle books including: Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, Easy Green Organic by Anna Getty, Girls Gone Green by Lynn Hirshfield, Not Just A Pretty Face by Stacy Malkan, Green Goes with Everything by Sloan Barnett, The Earthbound Cook by Myra Goodman, and Food Inc. by Participant Films.

 

DAILY PRIZES

Participants will have the chance to receive incredible prizes from our partners EVERY SINGLE DAY of the Challenge. All you have to do is sign up and complete the daily actions. The more you do, the deeper into green you go, the higher your level of engagement and innovation, the better your chances are to be a winner! It really is as simple as that.

Each day, we will announce the prizes, how many are available, and what YOU have to do to win.


All About PGC

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Project Green Challenge is a powerful, diverse, and far-reaching movement inspiring young people to take action and protect our planet.

This October, Teens Turning Green is energizing high school and college students across the country to participate in Project Green Challenge, a 30-day green lifestyle initiative. The Challenge will raise awareness about conscious living, informed consumption and the collective impact of each of our actions.

With the guidance of eco experts, industry leaders and the PGC Guide to Living Green, participants will discover how fun, easy and effective eco living can be.

How it Works

Throughout October a daily green challenge will be outlined on ProjectGreenChallenge.com and in an email delivered to each participant who has signed up . Each challenge will be supported with resources, tips, facts and a green glossary.

Over the course of the 30-day Challenge, participants will share their responses to challenge tasks on ProjectGreenChallenge.com utilizing Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Get Your Green Diploma

Contestants who complete the 30-day Challenge can apply for the Challenge Finals. Ten finalists will be selected to participate in Green University, a two-day eco summit held in California this December. Students will be flown to San Francisco where they will learn from esteemed eco leaders, present experiences from the 30-day Challenge, and work together to create unique platforms for social action.This new slate of projects will be implemented by Teens Turning Green and youth nationwide in 2012.

Challenge Champion

A panel of judges will name one finalist as the Project Green Challenge Champion. The winner will receive a one-of-a-kind prize package and the opportunity to work with Teens Turning Green and its partners in the coming year.

Join the Challenge!

Be apart of a world changing initiative – sign up today!

And be sure to get your friends and school involved in Project Green Challenge. Two students from participating schools will be invited to participate as Project Green Challenge Campus Reps and to lead the effort on their school campuses. Click here if you want to see what the job entails and to sign up.