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Project Green Challenge FAQs


1. What was the inspiration for Project Green Challenge?

The mother-daughter team behind Teens Turning Green, Judi Shils and Erin Schrode, created this initiative in 2011 and they were so inspired that it has become the centerpiece of the TTG work year round!

2. What does Project Green Challenge 2014 seek to accomplish?

The Challenge seeks to successfully engage youth by uniting them in a commitment to sustain a healthy, just planet by working toward a conscious lifestyle. Through the Challenge, we are getting to know powerful, dynamic, passionate young leaders emerging worldwide. We can’t wait to see how participants embrace PGC 2014 in their lives, schools, and communities!

3. Has Project Green Challenge ever happened before?

PGC 2014 is year 4! We hope that this initiative will have great impact for years to come.

4. Do I have to be eco-friendly to join?

Nope! The Challenge 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 PGC. We are excited to have you!

5. Who can participate in Project Green Challenge?

Our target demographic is high school and college students. But challenges are open to everyone, regardless of age, gender, or demographic.
Note: only high school and college students in the US are eligible for prizes. All students globally are eligible for a place in the Challenge Finals taking place November 21 – November 24 in San Francisco, California

6. How can my school be involved?

Bring Project Green Challenge to your high school, college, or student organization simply by signing up here. You can also sign up as a Campus Rep. Get more infohere. Dozens of high schools and universities are already on board. There are many opportunities to engage your campus. Current outreach includes student government leaders, eco clubs, sustainability leaders, Greek life, community service organizations, environmental studies teachers and professors, national organizations and other youth-centered forums. Get your school on our list and be a key part of spreading this message far and wide!

7. What does a daily challenge look like?

Each challenge will be built around a theme relevant to your life. There are 30 themes for each of the 30 days, representing many facets of your life including food, style, water, body, advocacy, and 25 more. There are different levels of participation (Green, Greener, Greenest, Extra Credit) and prizes are awarded daily for best ofselections juried daily.

8. How do I share my progress and hear about the experiences of others?

Participants will share daily experiences on the Challenge website, through text, photos, videos and social platforms.

9. How do I become a Challenge Finalist?

Contestants that participate in the 30-day Challenge can apply for the Challenge Finals with a short application (final exam) and video that demonstrates their personal transition from conventional to conscious. A panel of judges will review each application and choose 10 finalists to be flown to Green University in San Francisco from November 21 – November 24.

10. What is Green University?

We have given the Challenge Finals a fun name: Green University! At this 3-day educational eco summit, ten finalists will 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 will be implemented by Teens Turning Greens in 2015.

11. What happens after the Challenge is over?

We continue to work with participants and all of our finalists to build programs and host initiatives on campuses around the world. We aim to demonstrate how personal and collective action can have huge impact on one’s own health and our shared environment. If one month can inspire conscious thinking and responsible action, imagine the impact of a whole year of mindful living.

12. Does it cost anything to participate?

Absolutely not! Participating in this challenge is completely free and open to anyone.

13. Why should I get involved?

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 over the course of the thirty challenges.
• Use the Challenge 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:

14. Who are the Project Green Challenge partners?

We are incredibly fortunate to have the support of leading green businesses, non-profit organizations and media partners. Check our partners page to read more.

15. Are there prizes for every Challenge?

For every challenge you complete, you are eligible to win a daily prizes. The more you do and the deeper green you go, the better your chances are to be a winner! And don’t forget about the fantastic Challenge Grand Prize and finalist package.

16. Does Project Green Challenge have a social media presence?

Yes, BIG time! And we want to hear from you. Join us (Teens Turning Green) on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at

Feel free to get in touch with us anytime. If you are ready to commit please fill out the Campus Rep application here and email a head shot including name, school, grade and short bio to
We look forward to working with you.
Thank you for your interest!

– The PGC Team