Project Green Challenge is a powerful call to action raising awareness about conscious living, informed consumption, and the collective impact of individual actions. Through 30-days of environmentally themed challenges, PGC provides high school and college students with mentorship, advocacy, and leadership skills. Over its 6-year history this initiative has impacted approximately 25,000 students directly and 22.1 million indirectly. PGC is one of TG’s four core programs, which also include the PGC Finals (a 4-day environmental leadership summit), the TG Internship Program and the Conscious College Road Tour. Together, these initiatives form a year-long platform to build on key sustainability themes introduced during PGC. Our aim is to inform, inspire and mobilize powerful student leaders to be the change and help sustain a healthy, just and thriving planet through individual, campus, and large scale action. With this initiative as the impetus, powerful, dynamic, and passionate young leaders are emerging worldwide.
Project Green Challenge 2015
Teens Turning Green launched the Fifth Annual Project Green Challenge this past October. PGC 2015 engaged 3,872 students representing 422 campuses in 50 states and 29 countries.
Sign up for Project Green Challenge 2016! There are more opportunities to get involved in a leadership capacity:
- Become a Campus Rep
- Work with us to engage PGC participation on your campus and host a Sign Up event!
- Work with us as an intern during the school year or in the summer to help develop PGC.
How it Works
Sign up to be a participant if you are in high school, college, or graduate school any place on the planet. Starting on October 1 each year, all students who have signed up to participate will receive an email on that day with the challenge content and every day thereafter until October 30. Participants take on new challenges each day, which serve as entry points into conscious living and informed consumption through proposing simple, fun, and high-impact changes in their lifestyles, school campuses, and local communities. Challenges each have a unique theme; from food to body, fitness to labeling, style to fair trade … and four levels of engagement (Green, Greener, Greenest, Extra Credit). Participants share their responses to challenge tasks with direct uploads of photos, videos, and text to the PGC site, as well as posting on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest boards. Points for each challenge are accrued by participants and posted on a leader board with a chance to win eco prizes for the 20 outstanding daily submissions. Challenges are delivered by email to registered participants at 6 a.m. PDT each morning and posted on projectgreenchallenge.com for 24 hours. Participants complete the challenge tasks each day during that time frame working to become informed and active global citizens. Past challenges and all supporting resources, tips, facts, glossary, and Green Guide are available for deeper engagement.
To get a feel for how PGC can change your life, read these accounts from our PGC 2013 Champion, Madeleine Welsch, and PGC 2013 Runner Up, Megan Fuerst.
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PGC participants who complete the 30-day Challenge are invited to apply for the PGC Finals. Up to 16 finalists from the global collective of participants are then selected to attend this three-day eco summit in late November hosted in San Francisco. Those selected are flown to the Finals, where they have the opportunity to learn from and interact with esteemed eco leaders, present experiences from their 30-day journey and work together to create innovative platforms for action to be grounded on their campuses in the coming year. A panel of judges will select the Project Green Challenge 2016 Champion. The winner will receive a one-of-a-kind Grand Prize package and the opportunity to work alongside other PGC challengers and the Turning Green staff in the coming year.