Our programs focus on relevant themes that resonate in daily life, on school campuses, and in local communities. These programs create awareness around the impact of actions, inspire change in habits, and mobilize youth around the implementation of healthy, sustainable, and just practices. We develop strong platforms and initiatives, and engage students globally, to be the change.
Project Green Challenge (October)
Turning Green hosts its annual challenge each October. This powerful, diverse and far reaching movement is a global call to action for high school and college students, to raise awareness about conscious living, informed consumption, and the collective impact of individual actions. Our goal is to inspire youth to transition from conventional to conscious living, take action, and sustain a healthy planet. Past years of PGC have engaged over 3,000 students representing 500 campuses in 50 states and 40 countries. It is an extraordinary month as we observe powerful, dynamic, passionate young leaders emerging worldwide.
Green University (November)
PGC participants who complete the 30-day Challenge are invited to apply for the Challenge Finals. Up to 14 finalists from the global collective are selected to attend a three-day eco summit hosted in Marin County, California, just north of San Francisco. Finalists have the opportunity to learn from and interact with esteemed eco leaders, present experiences from their 30-day Challenge, and work together to create innovative platforms for social action. This new slate of projects will be further developed by TG and youth nationwide the following year.
The Conscious College Road Tour (March to May)
The annual Road Tour visits up to 16 pre-selected college and university campuses nationwide – a unique, interactive, hands-on opportunity for students to become informed about the benefits and accessibility of conscious living.
The Conscious Collections (year round)
Turning Green curates themed collections of ethically-produced products across many lifestyle categories. Selected items are based on health of ingredients, environmental impact, efficacy, and verified standards like USDA Certified Organic, non-GMO, and Fair Trade. Live life, sustainably. Each seasonal Collection has a unique theme, which can be viewed on the website. All proceeds support the TG Summer Internship Program.
The Conscious Kitchen (August to June)
We have piloted and lead a fresh, local, organic, seasonal, sustainable, non-GMO school food program in the Sausalito | Marin City School District at Bayside MLK Academy. The district is comprised of 160 students with 95% on free and reduced meal programs.
Freshman Green 15 (Fall)
Sustainability 101 is designed to encourage incoming freshmen to use their entry into college as a time to transform from conventional to conscious living. Through a list of Eco Tips, Terms, Things to Bring, and a Green Packing List, students will have some simple tools to act thoughtfully and for the planet, from day one of freshman year and going forward. This program is a collaboration between Orientation Leaders, Res Life, RA’s, Eco Reps, and school personnel, to inspire sustainable choices for everyday decisions.
Project Green Dorm (Fall)
Project Green Dorm is designed to inspire students to green their packing list and college lifestyle as they prepare for school. The Green Packing Checklist, and Conscious Collection of Essentials will make the process really fun, simple, and ecofabulous!
Eco Top Chef (March to May)
Eco Top Chef is a program for students to learn about the link between food, health, and the environment. Teams of middle school students and professional chefs delve into sustainable agriculture, ingredient sourcing, food labeling, and healthy recipes – to create fresh, local, organic, seasonal, sustainable, and non-GMO meals that can be served in a school dining program. Students participants express an interest in healthy food, food equity, and sustainability and walk away with a clear understanding of how food choices in homes, schools, and communities affect public health and the planet.