Editor’s Note: This week we’ll be featuring stories of people working to make a difference either at home, working with students, in the community, or working within local governments. The Green Awards were sponsored by Green Giant and the winner received $25,000 to continue and expand their work. The runner-up finalists each received a $2,500 prize. The project was supported by Green Giant and 19 environmental organizations, including Bioneers, the Rainforest Alliance and the Nature Conservancy. For more information on these and other Green Awards finalists and winners, please visit www.thegreenawards.com.
Bea Johnson of Mill Valley, California has gained national recognition for her blog and her family’s choice to live a Zero Waste lifestyle. She has created a very simple, but well-developed system to keeping her families’ trash to a minimum – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot (Compost). Johnson currently runs a blog where she writes about the zero waste culture and offers tips on how others can lead a similar lifestyle. Johnson wants to use the Award to expand her website and offer more creative solutions to families wanting to live simply and waste free.
Helping kids fundraise to raise money for small, local environmental projects is the goal of Spare Climate Change by Paul Zehrer of San Anselmo, California. The kids who choose a project would be able to order collection globes that they could give to local businesses to collect spare change. In the future, Zehrer also hopes to supply educational tools and matching grants to help make the kids programs successful.
Pamela French of Green School Films in New York works with children to create greener schools and teach them how to be environmental stewards. Her goal is to make videos about the importance of recycling, reusing and reducing waste in schools and give students and teachers motivation to create programs in their own schools.