Conscious College Road Tour 2019

A unique, interactive, and hands-on opportunity for students to become mobilized around sustainable solutions on campus.

Turning Green’s 8th Annual Conscious College Road Tour, a seven-week cross country journey, began March 18 at George Washington University and will continue through May 1. The tour will stop at fourteen college campuses across the U.S. The CCRT informs students on a variety of sustainability themes, empowers them to create tangible change on their campuses and mobilizes them around a student-led sustainability project on campus. We look forward to meeting motivated and inspired student leaders on campuses across the country who are working for a healthy, just and thriving planet.

The tour features a Conscious Lifestyle Expo tabling event focused on key lifestyle themes and a Town Hall dinner 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 18 through May 3, 2019 at 14 college campuses

How can you opt in? Apply here for #CCRT2019

Why host a road tour?

  • It’s super fun
  • There are awesome free eco product samples from our great team of partners
  • You can meet like-minded students and affect change together
  • You can join us for a working dinner of students, faculty, and school leaders to develop a campus sustainability project

The Conscious College Road Tour features two key components: The Conscious Lifestyle Expo is a tabling exhibition featuring seven sustainable lifestyle themes (footprint, food, fashion, body, zero waste, clean, living space), table displays, info boards and ethical samples from our partners to give away. This demonstration event is held in a well-populated area on campus. The Town Hall is an evening dinner bringing together students, faculty, and staff to develop a collaborative student-led campus sustainability initiative that will be implemented on campus.        

  • The Conscious Lifestyle Expo
    • 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 Lifestyle Expo
      • 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
  • 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
  • March 18 – The George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • March 25 – Auburn University, Montgomery, AL
  • March 27 – University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • March 28/29 – The College of Idaho, Caldwell, ID 
  • April 1 – Champlain College, Burlington, VT
  • April 3 – University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • April 8 – Towson University, Towson, MD
  • April 10 – Penn State, State College, PA
  • April 10 – University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS 
  • April 16 – Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI (pending)
  • April 18 – Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • April 24 – University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  • April 29 – Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
  • May 1 – tbd

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 is hosting its 8th Road Tour and visited over 128 campuses. This program is a super fun, informative, and inspiring opportunity to engage tens of thousands of students around key sustainability themes. Our goal is to inform and mobilize the next generation of leaders to work together to vision a healthy, just and thriving planet for all.

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 tour 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 on their campus. Prior to arriving at each school, Turning Green will work with Reps to prepare them for the CCRT event. Information packets about each of the key themes at the tabling event will be provided to help volunteers prepare 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 the Town Hall meeting starts by crowd sourcing and inviting students to develop their Big Bold Bodacious ideas and then work toward solutions that they would like to help bring to life on their campuses. This year, quite a few of our schools are doing some pre-work with our team on projects that are of interest.  

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