Day 26

Mobilize

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Please note the following deadlines for the remaining challenges of PGC. If you are interested in applying for the PGC Finals, you must submit all of the following challenges:

OVERVIEW

“Do not look the other way; do not hesitate. Recognize that the world is hungry for action, not words.
Act with courage and vision.” – Nelson Mandela

 

Imagine dropping a tiny pebble into a still pond. What happens? That one small drop sets off a series of ripples that grow larger and larger, emanating outward until they span the entire pond. You are that pebble. You can have that kind of impact simply by standing up, speaking out, and living a life that aligns with your values, as you have learned throughout Project Green Challenge. 

Over the past 25 days, you have seen that every action has various impacts, positive and negative, that reach far beyond the original or intended purpose. Consider the transition in your own life since the start of PGC through education and mindful action. How have you changed? Who have you inspired? What have you learned about your inner power to be a changemaker? How have seen yourself prompt shifts in your community? 

With dedication, intention, and passion for people and planet, YOU, one person, fuel change all around you. 

Now, it’s time to take all that you have learned to inspire tangible, actionable change on your campus and in your community. Take your PGC experience one step further and develop a climate action project.

To be considered for the PGC Finals, you MUST participate in the next four challenge days and develop a climate action project proposal. But ALL are welcome to continue to learn and engage as treasured PGC Participants!

What is a climate action project?

A climate action project is a plan to make tangible change people and our planet on your campus or in your community. 

You have been preparing for this throughout PGC! Think back to the challenges where you were asked to create a project proposal or investigate your school’s practices. In particular, reflect on the School Challenge. What were areas of improvement you recognized? Here is a bit of inspiration in the form of project examples:

  • Work to eliminate glyphosate on campus (think back to Biodiversity!)
  • Replace single use with reusable items in the cafeteria or dining hall (think back to Zero Waste!)
  • Build a regenerative organic school or community garden (think back to Soil!)
  • Implement Meatless Monday in the cafeteria or dining hall (think back to Meatless Monday!)
  • Switch school cleaning products to safer alternatives (think back to Body, Home and Wellness!)

Your project must:

  • Be feasible and realistic to complete by May 2020 (i.e. It doesn’t have to entail switching to 100% xyz, though that can be a later goal!).
  • Incorporate one or more of the following themes: Food, Waste, Organic, Biodiversity, Wellness, Justice, Energy 

Up to 16 PGC participants will be selected as PGC Finalists to attend the PGC Finals from November 20-24, 2019 in San Francisco, California. PGC Finalists will be given the opportunity to work with a group of mentors from November 2019 to May 2020 to help bring the climate action projects to life. 

CHALLENGE

Green

20 POINTS

THINK

Before you dive into a project idea, take some time to reflect on the past 30 days. 

CHALLENGE

First, be sure to thoroughly read today’s challenge overview.

Next, reflect on the past month. Which daily themes really inspired you? What issues caught your attention? What do you care passionately about? 

  • Pick the three themes that most resonated with you. 
  • Write a short reflection about why each theme was impactful. 

Post a simple depiction of that on the social media platform of your choice and tag @TurningGreenOrg and use hashtag #PGC2019.

DELIVERABLES

Upload a PDF document with your responses. Please include your name (or team name), username, email address, and school.

Submission Guidelines

  • If you do not see an upload button, you need to log in
  • Submit all entries as PDFs; no Word or Pages documents
  • Be sure to include all content for your submission in one document
  • Save filenames using the following format: firstname_lastname_challengeday_challengelevel_year.pdf (ex: kasie_shils_day1_green_2019.pdf)
  • Do not include # or spaces in filenames
  • Do not upload a file larger than 5 MB
  • You will see a confirmation in green that your submission uploaded correctly; if you do not see this confirmation, please try again
  • If your total points does not change, your submission did not load correctly, please try again
  • Send any questions to info@turninggreen.org
  • Don’t forget to post about the challenge and your learnings/doings on social media and tag us on Facebook @TurningGreen, on Twitter @TurningGreenOrg, and on Instagram @TurningGreenOrg and use #PGC2019
The deadline for entering this challenge has past.

Greener

40 POINTS

THINK

Now that you’ve reflected on the most memorable themes, it’s time to take the next step. PGC has equipped you with the tools you need to create change… so what now? 

CHALLENGE

Your next task is to develop three potential project ideas that you would be interested in implementing.

Share a brief outline of each project. Think about the logistics, long term feasibility, and impact. Create a pro and con list for each. 

*Once you’ve created this list, take time over the next few days to consider which project may work best. Talk to other students, staff, faculty, or administration to get outside opinions. The Greenest challenge has an extended deadline to give you time to consider!*

DELIVERABLES

Upload a PDF document with your response. Please include your name (or team name), username, email address and school.

Submission Guidelines

  • If you do not see an upload button, you need to log in
  • Submit all entries as PDFs; no Word or Pages documents
  • Be sure to include all content for your submission in one document
  • Save filenames using the following format: firstname_lastname_challengeday_challengelevel_year.pdf (ex: kasie_shils_day1_greener_2019.pdf)
  • Do not include # or spaces in filenames
  • Do not upload a file larger than 5 MB
  • You will see a confirmation in green that your submission uploaded correctly; if you do not see this confirmation, please try again
  • If your total points does not change, your submission did not load correctly, please try again
  • Send any questions to info@turninggreen.org
  • Don’t forget to post about the challenge and your learnings/doings on social media and tag us on Facebook @TurningGreen, on Twitter @TurningGreenOrg, and on Instagram @TurningGreenOrg and use #PGC2019
The deadline for entering this challenge has past.

Greenest

60 POINTS

Due 10/29 at 6am PT. Up to 200 points will be awarded for excellent work.

THINK

If you think you can accomplish something, you can! If you think you are a changemaker, you are! If you lead with intention and purpose, your actions will be far-reaching and powerful. Mindsets are powerful. We want you to see yourself as a climate changemaker, because you are (and we certainly see you that way)!

CHALLENGE

Select one project from the Greener challenge that you feel most drawn to further develop into a climate action project. The others can be back up projects for unexpected roadblocks you may face (it’s all a learning process!) or ideas to be brought to life later by you or others!

Now that you have selected a focus, develop an in-depth outline of your climate action project. Construct a detailed project overview describing how you would implement this idea. Think about an inspiring, bold, actionable, impactful project that will have a lasting positive effect on your campus and community.

Answer the following questions:

  • What climate related issue/s do you want to focus on? 
  • Why has this particular project resonated with you?
  • How will you synthesize and apply the knowledge you have accumulated during PGC? 
  • What are your short and long term goals for the project? Consider if these goals are attainable on your campus.
  • Why do you think this project is needed on your campus?
  • Who and what does your project benefit? 
  • Who will you need to involve in the early stages of your project to support you on campus? 
  • What skills or expertise would be an advantage to bring this project to fruition? 
  • What are the desired outcomes? What does success look like?       

DELIVERABLES

Upload a PDF document with your project plan. Please include your name (or team name), username, email address and school. 

Submission Guidelines

  • If you do not see an upload button, you need to log in
  • Submit all entries as PDFs; no Word or Pages documents
  • Be sure to include all content for your submission in one document
  • Save filenames using the following format: firstname_lastname_challengeday_challengelevel_year.pdf (ex: kasie_shils_day1_greenest_2019.pdf)
  • Do not include # or spaces in filenames
  • Do not upload a file larger than 5 MB
  • You will see a confirmation in green that your submission uploaded correctly; if you do not see this confirmation, please try again
  • If your total points does not change, your submission did not load correctly, please try again
  • Send any questions to info@turninggreen.org
  • Don’t forget to post about the challenge and your learnings/doings on social media and tag us on Facebook @TurningGreen, on Twitter @TurningGreenOrg, and on Instagram @TurningGreenOrg and use #PGC2019
The deadline for entering this challenge has past.