What does Teens Turning Green hope to accomplish?
We hope to empower and inspire youth everywhere to realize their potential, take action, and affect change. We work to engage students in collaboration to enact individual and collective action to change their world. Through initiatives like Project Green Challenge, participants learn how to live and act sustainably, while encouraging schools and local communities to do the same! We promote conscious decisions across the board.
Who is a part of TTG?
Our target demographic is high school and college students, but we work with EVERYONE. And yes, we mean everyone. From elementary school students to graduates, teachers and parents to politicians and elected officials, chefs and school cooks to chemists and formulators, social entrepreneurs to journalists. This is a collaborative, inclusive movement!
How can I get involved?
We would love to have you join us in our mission to promote public and environmental health! Here are some ways you can do just that:
- Participate in an event
- Sign up for our e-newsletter
- Start a chapter / join a chapter
- Lead an advocacy campaign / social action platform
- Donate to our programs
- Sponsor our campaign
- Volunteer or Intern with us
Why go green?
Take a moment to reflect on how all of your product use, consumption, and surroundings affect your body. This takes a direct toll on human and environmental health. Products and practices are increasingly untested and unprotected, so by looking at our lifestyles, campuses, and communities through a critical lens, we learn to examine the cause and effects of personal actions. How can we incorporate a thoughtful approach that nurtures, rather than harms, ourselves and the earth?
How did Teens Turning Green begin?
Teens Turning Green began in the Bay Area in January of 2005, founded by the mother-daughter team of Judi Shils and Erin Schrode. The campaign initially focused on raising awareness about the dangers of conventional cosmetics and personal care products and advocating for safer items, as well as legislation to protect personal and environmental health. TTG now addresses a wide range of eco lifestyle issues and has a presence at elementary, middle and high schools, universities, and student organizations across the country, as well as a strong virtual platform and media presence.
Does Teens Turning Green have a social media presence?
Yes! And we want to hear from you.
What topics does TTG focus on?
We build programs around themes relevant to the lives of students in high school and college. Our work spans all aspects of life! Some areas of focus include sustainable food, non-GMO, conscious campuses, ethical lifestyle (ReStyled, GreenSpa), and much more.
Do I have to be eco-friendly to participate?
Nope! TTG aims to inspire a transition from conventional thinking to a more conscious perspective. Regardless of current knowledge and lifestyle practices, if you are open to change, ready to learn, and want to make a difference, you are the perfect candidate to participate in TTG.
How can my school be involved?
Bring TTG to your high school, college, or student organization simply by sending us an email! Hundreds of high schools and universities have joined the movement. Current outreach includes student government, eco clubs, sustainability leaders, Greek life, journalism, community service organizations, environmental studies teachers and professors, national PTA and other youth-centered forums. There are many opportunities to engage your campus, so get involved and be a key part of spreading this message far and wide! Contact us for more information.
What is Green University?
Green U is a learning forum – now a robust digital collection of information about all things eco! It is also an educational summit, the Project Green Challenge Finals in which PGC finalists have the opportunity to interact with and learn from esteemed leaders, present experiences from the 30-day Challenge, and work to create platforms for social action that are implemented by TTG.
Why should I get involved with TTG?
There are many reasons to get involved! Here are a few of our favorites:
- Learn the benefits of living eco-friendly.
- Become a leader in your school or community’s environmental initiatives. This is a perfect time to start, complete with tips and resources to guide you along the way.
- Reduce your carbon footprint. Use TTG as a catalyst for change. Embrace a new, more conscious lens through which to live your life.
- Start a Teens Turning Green (high schools) or Turning Green (colleges) chapter on your campus. For more info, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who are the Project Green Challenge partners? We are incredibly fortunate to have the support of leading green businesses, non-profit organizations, and media outlets. Check our Partners page to read more.