Every day it’s a struggle to live in an environmentally-conscious manner. Limited time, money and energy make it hard for most of us to find the greenest option in every facet of our lives.
But a new online initiative rejects the notion that only adults with lots of expendable income can make the transition to a dark green lifestyle.
Starting on October 1, youth-led non-profit Teens Turning Green will launch its first ever Project Green Challenge, an online initiative that seeks to engage high school and college students across the country and inspire them to transition “from conventional to conscious,” via a 30-day green lifestyle challenge.
Each day participants will take on one challenge with three levels of participation; green, greener or greenest, each built around a theme such as food, fashion, energy and tech. The challenges will be outlined in detail on www.projectgreenchallenge.com and in an email delivered directly to those who have signed up to participate.
“The Challenge aims to raise awareness about conscious living, informed consumption, and the collective impact of individual actions, as well as empower students with actionable steps for their own lives,” declared Erin Schrode, 20, Project Green Challenge program director and co-founder of TTG. “In one short month, you can not only change your life, but help sustain the planet too.”
Eco tips, websites, articles and videos recorded by eco-experts will be posted regularly to inform and inspire the contestants to complete their actions. And each day, fabulous green prizes will be offered for diving deep into green, innovation and creativity.
As a culmination to the Challenge, ten finalists will participate in Green University – a 2-day summit in San Francisco in December 2011. There, they will be awarded prizes that include a college scholarship, a trip to California for an eco event, a gift certificate for groceries, a bicycle, a head-to-toe eco makeover including clothing, hair, skin and body care products, eco dorm or bedroom makeover and more.
Although only high school and college students in the USA and Canada are eligible for prizes, the Challenge is open to everyone who wants to make a positive change or just learn a little bit more about greening their lives.