PGC 2015 Finalist, Washington, D.C.

Claire August is an environmental and renewable energy advocate currently working in Congressional Affairs on behalf of US solar companies at the Solar Energy Industries Association. Before graduating from the George Washington University in May of 2017 with a BA in International Affairs, Claire studied sustainability, development, and geography in Washington, DC and Copenhagen, Denmark. She lead the student environmental group, Green GW, in its involvement with Turning Green, and attended the Project Green Challenge finals as a finalist in 2015. Claire enjoys giving back through community service and serving as a mentor, so she is happy to be back at the Project Green Challenge finals. She resides in Washington, DC and her interests include biking, perusing farmers markets, and vegan baking.


PGC 2017 Finalist, Berkeley, CA

Isaac Aguilar is a first year student at the University of California at Berkeley studying Ecosystem Management and Forestry. As a PGC 2017 finalist, Isaac discovered his passion for sustainability and environmental stewardship. In the future, Isaac hopes to be working for the National Park Service to promote stewardship and conserve the world’s natural wonders. On campus, Isaac enjoys sings in an all-male a cappella choir. Aside from music, he enjoys being outdoors, photography, and hanging out with his friends.

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PGC 2018 Finalist, Lawrence, KS


PGC 2018 Finalist, Burlington, VT

Hansel is a senior at Champlain College studying filmmaking in Burlington, Vermont. He is an Eco-Rep Captain for the 2019-2020 academic year. He has been involved with the Eco-Reps since his first year at Champlain and continues to work on engaging students in sustainability and activism while hosting themed events and working on projects on and off campus. He enjoys wildlife photography, being active outdoors, and writing, directing, and editing films.


PGC 2013 Finalist, Burlington, VT

Megan Fuerst is a recent graduate of Vermont Law School; a dedicated Turning Green alumni; an advocate for positive change; and an aspiring homesteader. She currently lives on a communal farm in rural Vermont with her partner, where they grow and preserve much of their own food and forage the bounty of medicinal herbs and fruits that are native to the Northeast. After earning her Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from VLS, Megan interned for U.S. Senator and Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders, further sparking her political activism and familiarizing herself with the nuanced political process. Starting in January, Megan will be working for a (good!) lobbyist organization called Action Circles as the Legislative Appropriations Monitor in the Vermont Statehouse. In this role, Megan will be sitting in on all House and Senate Appropriations Committee meetings and taking notes for environmental and social justice organizations/clients who are trying to secure funds from State Appropriations. On the side, Megan and her partner lead a subcommittee of their town’s Agricultural Task Force, which aims to create a “Center for Community Supported Agriculture” that would provide shared processing equipment for local farmers and a demonstration farm for increasing agricultural literacy in their communities. Megan earned her B.A. in Environmental Economics and Policy Analysis from The Ohio State University, and also has roots in California, where she spent nearly 5 years working with Turning Green.


PGC 2017 Finalist, San Francisco, CA

Travis took part in Project Green Challenge each year while at Rice University (’18) and was a finalist in PGC 2017. He worked for a year on Cisco’s Social and Environmental Responsibility team before joining Cisco’s Circular Economy team; he currently works across a variety of programs to increase the use of recycled materials, decrease GHG emissions across the supply chain, and amplify the effects of sustainability communications to engage as many people as possible. Outside of work he also loves supporting Turning Green in empowering young people to make an impact as well as the Citizen’s Climate Lobby in their push for bipartisan policy solutions to fight climate change.


PGC 2014 Finalist, San Francisco, CA

Emi works in the Bay Area as a Sustainability Project Manager for a construction company. She participated in PGC for two years in a row and was a finalist in 2014. What she learned inspired her to enact change from within the private sector and work to influence companies to switch from conventional to conscious. Her passion lies in greening the built environment, and believes that the key to saving our planet’s future is to cultivate a generation of future leaders and educate students on the importance of environmental activism.


PGC 2017 Finalist, Los Baños, Philippines

Johannes is a freshman at the University of the Philippines, Los Baños studying Biology.


PGC 2015 Champion, Berkeley, CA

Missy Martin is a senior at UC Berkeley studying Society and Environment with a concentration in US Environmental Policy and Management. In addition to being a student, Missy is the VP of Member Development for the Bay Area Environmentally Aware Consulting Network (BEACN), a non-profit that provides consulting services on environmental and social responsibility. Before BEACN, Missy worked as the Global Growth and Onboarding intern at Tesla, developing and managing their first global onboarding mentorship program. Missy is a long-time Turning Green supporter. She won PGC in 2015, interned for 2 years, and worked for a year as the organization’s Director of Happiness.

Missy is on a lifelong journey of combining social innovation, sustainability, and gender equity to promote a thriving planet for present and future generations.


PGC 2018 Finalist, Alexandria, VA

Sophie Moniz is a senior at TC Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Through her experience as a PGC finalist in 2018, she explored new aspects of environmentalism and sustainability and continues her efforts for environmental justice in her community. Sophie plans to major in Biology or Marine Sciences in college and work with marine conservation or environmental activism organizations in the future. Sophie also plays field hockey in her spare time and loves bake and spend time with family and friends.


PGC 2013 Champion , Brooklyn, NY

Madeleine Welsch is a Brooklyn-based illustrator, director, and motion graphics artist. Her experience with Turning Green fostered an insatiable call to answer the question, “what impact do I have here?”, which she explores in both drawings and animations. Madeleine has been an artist-in-residence at The Center at Eagle Hill in Hardwick, Massachusetts, The Sitka Fellows Program in Sitka, Alaska, and the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California. Finding herself at the intersection of audio storytelling and education, Madeleine has worked with clients like Spotify, MNDFL, Gimlet Media, AdHoc, and Resy. Currently, Madeleine can be found drawing at Flocabulary in Brooklyn, NY, where she illustrates and directs educational hip-hop videos aimed to engage and inspire K-12 students. She is excited to welcome the next class of PGC to the Turning Green family, which she has been a part of since 2013.


PGC 2015 Finalist, New York, New York

Tracey graduated from Skidmore College in 2018 with a BA in Environmental Studies and a minor in Intergroup Relations. At Skidmore, she developed a passion for sustainable agriculture and believes strongly that everyone deserves access to healthy food. After studying food systems in Cuba, Alaska, and New York, Tracey completed an AmeriCorps service term with a food access organization in North Central Massachusetts. Currently, she is working at the Package Free Shop and interning at Slow Food USA in New York City.


PGC 2017 Runner Up, Syracuse, NY

Ilana is a senior Biology major and art minor at Dickinson College. Last year she was the second place winner for the Project Green Challenge. Her passion for sustainability and conservation is taking her to a future in ecology conservation research with specific interests in plants, fungi, and soils. She is an Eco-rep and a member of Tree club an environmental activism club at her school and is on the Turning Green Student Advisory Board.