Who can participate in Project Green Challenge?
Our target demographic is college and high school students, and they are the only ones eligible for daily prizes and the Challenge Finals. However, the Challenge is open to everyone. The more people participate, the faster our global community grows.
What is an example of a daily challenge?
Each challenge is built around a unique theme. Specific challenges will not be released until day-of.
Where did the idea for the Challenge come from?
The mother-daughter duo behind Turning Green is also behind this initiative. Judi Shils and Erin Schrode developed the idea in 2011 alongside a brilliant team of students, partners and sponsors.
What does Project Green Challenge aim to accomplish?
The Challenge aims to empower and mobilize youth to action, inspiring them to transition their daily lives from conventional to conscious and understanding the significance of each choice we make every day.
Do I have to be eco conscious to sign up and participate?
Nope! The Challenge aims to inspire a transition from conventional thinking to a more conscious perspective. Regardless of your 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 for PGC!
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 and video that demonstrates their personal transition from conventional to conscious. A panel of judges will review each application and choose up to 16 students to be flown to the PGC Finals in late November.
What happens after the 30 days?
We hope that the Challenge will demonstrate to everyone how personal changes can have a big impact on one’s own health and that of the planet. If one month can inspire conscious thinking and responsible action, imagine the impact of a lifetime of mindful living.
How do I share my progress and hear about the experiences of others?
Participants share daily experiences on the Challenge website via text, photos, videos, and full integration into social networks.
How can my school be involved?
Bring PGC to your high school, college, or student organization simply by signing up! Many high schools, colleges, and universities are already on board with the Challenge after the success of previous years. Outreach includes student government, eco clubs, sustainability leaders, Greek systems, campus newspapers and local media outlets, community service organizations, national PTAs, NAIS, Net Impact, and other youth-centered forums. Sign up and spread PGC far and wide!
Has Project Green Challenge ever happened before?
2016 is the sixth year of PGC! We hope that this will be the biggest, most productive year yet, and that the young leaders who emerge from it will have an extraordinary impact for years to come.
What happens at the PGC Finals?
At this 4-day, educational summit, up to 16 finalists will have a full head-to-toe eco makeover, 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. Past speakers have included: Annie Leonard, President and Founder of the Story of Stuff Project; Adam Werbach, Co-Founder of yerdle.com; Gavin Newsom, Lt. Governor of California; and many more. See the full list of last year's speakers.
Does it cost anything to participate?
Absolutely not! Participating in Project Green Challenge is completely free and open to anyone.
Why should I get involved?
There are many reasons to get involved! In just one month, you will:
What companies and organizations are involved?
We are incredibly fortunate to have the support of a strong consortium of leading companies, non-profit organizations, and media outlets. Browse the Partners tab to learn more.
Are there prizes for every Challenge?
Each day, participants who complete the Greener and Greenest challenges are eligible to win one of up to 20 eco prize packages. The deeper you delve into each day's challenge, the better your chances are of winning! And don’t forget about the fantastic Challenge Finalist and Grand Prize packages.
Does Project Green Challenge have a social media presence?
Yes, and we want to hear from you! Join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. We track the conversation around PGC with #PGC2016 across all platforms!