Project Green Challenge 2021 Winners


Ikem-Nwosu Promise (PGC 2021 Champion)

Sophomore, Nigerian Maritime University Okerenkoko, Nigeria


Promise is from Anambra State in Nigeria. He is a second year student at the Nigerian Maritime University in Okerenkoko, Delta State, studying Marine Environment and Pollution Control. He was born and brought up in Rivers State, where he developed passion for the marine environment because of the harm he observed crude oil and natural gas exploitation in the Niger Delta region causing the people and their beloved home. He is presently seeking ways to stop the exploration of fossil fuels through his course of study, and solutions to help curb marine pollution. In his free time, Promise enjoys meeting new friends, reading articles, listening to music, and playing football.

“I learned that I could do anything I am determined to do, despite my disadvantages. I learned that I possess great potential in making a difference, and that’s a huge discovery. We’re all in this together, and no voice is too little to make an impact.”

Five words to describe the PGC experience:
Extraordinary, Inquisitive, Enticing, Exciting, Fantabulous

Vincent Kreft (Second Place)

Junior, Bloomington High School North Bloomington, IN


Vincent is a junior at Bloomington High School North in Bloomington, Indiana. Vincent currently serves as captain of the Science Olympiad team and a leader of the Environmental Club. He is enthralled by the sciences and has a strong passion for math. In the future, Vincent hopes to study chemistry with an emphasis on green chemistry solutions. Vincent enjoys playing the piano and making music with the school’s Jazz Band. He also enjoys competing with his hockey team, currently serving as the JV captain. Vincent is a bilingual French and American citizen and an active member of Surf Rider Foundation Europe. Vincent enjoys spending his free time with friends, family, and a good manga.

“I know that climate change is a massive global issue that my generation will have to address, but I did not know that I could start addressing it now. I have learned that I can have a ripple effect and influence more than just my local network.”

Five words to describe the PGC experience:
Challenging, Uniting, Inspiring, Educational, Powerful

Team LCDS Green Committee (Third Place)

Senior, Lancaster Country Day School Lancaster, PA


George Warfel is a 17-year-old senior at Lancaster Country Day School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He is very passionate about sustainability and climate change activism, stemming from his inherent love for nature, and more specifically, the ocean. George has been obsessed by the ocean from a young age, and wants to protect it at any cost. He hopes to volunteer for the Coral Restoration Foundation this summer to restore the vitality of endangered Caribbean coral species. George is the president of the LCDS Green Committee, his school’s sustainability club, and joins the PGC Finals to represent teammates Laurel Marx, Caterina Manfrin and Lewis Baxter. George is the president of the LCDS Green Committee, his school’s sustainability club, and currently working hard to complete projects, such as: school-wide composting, expansion of community gardens, and installation of solar panels on campus. George loves science, specifically biology and chemistry, and wants to major in chemical engineering and biochemistry in college and apply this knowledge to saving coral reefs. This year, he is performing a science fair project that will investigate thraustochytrids, an important coral symbiont, hoping to learn more about their structure and function. Project Green Challenge has been a thoroughly enjoyable educational and leadership experience. It really opened his eyes to issues, and he is excited to take action on them in his community.

“I want to take the issues of climate change and environmental injustice and make them more accessible to my community through education. By tackling smaller-scale problems first, our community will have built a strong foundation on which more impactful sustainable infrastructure can be built.”

Five words to describe the PGC experience:
Educational, Inspirational, Determination, Shocking, Enabling