Conscious College Road Tour 2018
A unique, interactive, and hands-on opportunity for students to become mobilized around sustainable solutions on campus.
Turning Green has opened the application process for the 7th Annual Conscious College Road Tour, a seven-week cross country journey. Taking place from March 19 – May 4, 2018, the tour will stop at sixteen college campuses across the United States. The CCRT works to inform students on a variety of sustainability themes, empower them to create tangible change in their community, and mobilize them around a student-led action project. We look forward to working alongside you.
Students who wish to host a CCRT stop at their school can apply today.
The Road Tour features a Conscious Information Station tabling event focused on sustainable lifestyle themes and a Town Hall to develop a collaborative student led campus initiative at each school.
Who hosts the event? The Turning Green team working with campus reps, student volunteers, faculty, and staff at each participating school.
When does it take place? March 19 through May 4, 2018 at 16 College Campuses
How can YOU opt in? Apply here
Why should YOU apply?
- Because it’s fun
- You’ll become informed about what it means to live consciously
- It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded students
- Learn the nuts and bolts about working with a team of students, faculty, and school leaders to develop a sustainability project on your campus. Turning Green will support you throughout the process.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The Conscious College Road Tour features two events at each school –
The Conscious Information Station is a tabling event that runs from morning to late afternoon focused on sustainable lifestyle themes, table displays, info boards and eco-product samples to give away. This demonstration event is held in a well-populated area on campus.
The Town Hall takes place in the evening bringing together students, faculty, and staff to develop a collaborative student-led initiative that will be implemented on campus.
Each Road Tour stop is co-hosted by two or more Campus Reps, with the support of 20-25 campus-based volunteers, and the TG team. We recommend that Campus Reps collaborate with student organizations and clubs to recruit volunteers and build capacity around sustainable change.
The TG team arrives the night before each event. We will schedule a meeting with the Campus Reps and volunteers to walk through the event.
- The Conscious Information Station (CIS)
- 8:00 – 11:00 am: Set up
- Volunteers open and unload boxes, set tables, etc.
- TG team goes over important information about each table with volunteers.
- Campus Reps ensure there are 1-2 volunteers managing each table at all times.
- We request students to help with social media, photography and video to capture the magic of the day.
- 11:00 am – 3:00 pm: Conscious Information Station (CIS)
- Volunteers teach the campus community about conscious living through peer-to-peer education, engaging students with info boards, product sampling, hands-on demos, activities, and in-depth conversations.
- Tables include the following themes: body/wellness, food, fashion, clean, zero waste, and space.
- 3:00 – 4:30 pm: Breakdown
- 8:00 – 11:00 am: Set up
- Town Hall
- 4:30 – 6:00 pm: Set up
- 5:00 pm: Pick up dinner and set up buffet
- 6:00 – 8:30 pm: Town Hall
- Facilitate collaboration among students, faculty, and campus decision-makers to set goals, create committees, tasks, and timelines around a campus sustainability initiative.
- The TG team and partners will mentor and support student leaders to reach their established goals.
- 8:30 – 9:00 pm: Breakdown
The CCRT relies on Campus Reps to make each stop successful. Filling out a CCRT application automatically signs you up as a Campus Rep if your school is selected. Prior to applying, Campus Reps should think about the optimal date for the event and locations for both the Conscious Information Station and the Town Hall. Check out our full Campus Rep checklist and other resources.
– See full checklist HERE
Q: How should we describe the CCRT to our clubs,schools, etc.
A: Turning Green has hosted the CCRT for 6 years and visited over a hundred campuses. This program is a very successful, fun, informational opportunity to engage tens of thousands of students around key themes. The goal is to mobilize these next generation leaders to work toward sustainability initiatives on each of their campuses and to support them throughout that process.
Q: How can Campus Reps become more deeply involved with Turning Green after the CCRT?
A: Campus Reps are mentored to become peer-to-peer educators and on-campus advocates as they prepare for and host the CCRT. As program alumni, Reps may apply to serve on Turning Green’s Student Advisory Board and/or for a summer or year round internship.
Q: How will I ensure that the road stop at my campus will be impactful and meaningful to other students?
A: Turning Green relies on Campus Reps to ensure that each event is productive and impactful for their particular campus. Prior to arriving at each school, Turning Green will work with Reps to prepare them for their event. Information packets about each of the key themes at the tabling event will be provided to support student volunteers to help them become informed and able to teach it forward.
Q: Why do we need so many volunteers?
A: It takes a village! Plus experience has shown that the more engaged and connected the volunteer teams, the better the events runs and the more informed students there are on each campus.
Q: How do I identify the project that we will work on at the Town Hall?
A: At most schools we start the TH meeting by crowd sourcing and asking students for Big Bold Bodacious ideas that they would like to see implemented on their campuses. Some schools have projects already in mind and that can work as well.
2017 TOUR STOPS
March 23 – Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA
March 27 – University of Idaho in Moscow, ID
March 29 – Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA
April 3 – Cleveland State University in Cleveland, OH
April 3 – The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH
April 5 – University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, IN
April 11 – University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO
April 13 – University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR
April 17 – Clemson University in Clemson, SC
April 19 – Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ
April 20 – The George Washington University in Washington, DC
April 24 – Radford University in Radford, VA
April 26 – Towson University in Towson, MD
April 27 – Marymount University in Arlington, VA
May 1 – California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA
May 4 – University of Montana in Missoula, MT