When students see that they have the power to effect local and global change, our next generation leaders are more likely to carry this strong sense of responsibility, purpose and stewardship into the future.
We aim to equip students with knowledge, resources and tools to transition mindset, habit and practice from conventional to conscious. Empowered students create a ripple effect that creates positive change on campuses and communities globally.
Sixteen years ago, Turning Green began as Teens for Safe Cosmetics, a campaign that opposed hazardous chemicals in beauty and personal care products. Executive Director Judi Shils, who founded Search For The Cause in 2002 to probe into Marin County’s skyrocketing cancer rates, and her daughter, then 13-year-old Erin Schrode, began organizing meetings with local students. What began around their kitchen table soon had chapters throughout middle and high schools in the Bay Area and beyond. As the campaign grew in size and scope, the organization’s work began reaching outside cosmetics to span an eco-conscious lifestyle, from fashion to food, school campuses to dorm rooms, prom to graduation and more.
Through year-round programs, toolkits, and advocacy campaigns, students have the opportunity to work with us to create positive change. We measure success in lives touched, actions taken, mindsets shifted, and habits transformed, all leading to a more just, conscious way of life and world for all.
Our organization has worked directly with over 3.5 million students on more than 13,675 campuses in all 50 United States and 118 countries around the world. Our interns and campus reps total over 3,858, digital reach 23.1 million, database messages 46,000, and we have collaborated with over 520 partners that represent business, non-profit and media organizations… and this is only the beginning!
We are a dedicated group of activists working together to ensure a sustainable future for all. We dream and do.