Project Green Challenge

Take climate action alongside young global leaders each October.

Project Green Challenge runs from October 1 – 30. Find out more and sign up at projectgreenchallenge.com!

Each October, Project Green Challenge (PGC) informs, inspires, and mobilizes students globally around climate action, public health, sustainability, social justice and advocacy. This powerful and diverse call to action features 30 days of environmentally-themed challenges that change lives, shift mindsets, and equip students with knowledge, resources and mentorship to lead change on campuses and in communities. Through conscious living, informed consumption, and individual and collective action, PGC participants are challenged to envision and work toward the healthy, just, resilient planet and future in which they can thrive.

Read about PGC Finalists and Climate Action Projects from past years below, as well as key information about the program:

WHAT TO EXPECT

Every day throughout the month of October, a uniquely themed challenge will be delivered to registered PGC participants by email at 6 am Pacific Time. Each challenge will be live for 24 hours, inviting participants to complete actions and upload deliverables to acquire points and prizes. Deliverables include photos, videos, creative and written content uploaded on the PGC site, as well as across social platforms. Up to twenty prizes will be awarded daily based on outstanding content.

PRIZES

Up to 20 PGC participants will be selected each day of the challenge to receive thoughtfully-curated prizes to propel them on the path of conscious living. Finalists will receive Eco Deluxe Lifestyle Packages and be eligible to win the PGC Grand Prize, which includes a $5,000 Green Award.

 

RULES

Project Green Challenge is open to everyone, but only students enrolled in high school, college/university, graduate school are eligible to win daily prizes, accumulate points, and apply for the PGC Finals. Registration can be as an individual or in teams of up to four. Participants must be 16 years old by the end of October to be eligible to win prizes and be selected as a PGC Finalist.

 

PGC FINALS

Up to 14 outstanding young leaders from around the world are selected as PGC Finalists from the pool of PGC participants based on points, depth and breadth of engagement, number of challenge wins, quality of work, a final exam, and video recap of their 30-day journey.

They are invited to attend the PGC Finals, our annual transformational, all-expenses-paid, three-day eco summit built around passion, purpose and connectivity. The event brings together like-minded peers with an esteemed group of eco leaders, speakers, mentors, ambassadors and partners to support, equip and propel Finalists with the tools, resources and know-how to rise as leaders with their Climate Action Projects (CAPs) and beyond. Content covers a multitude of topics to deepen changemaking capacity on campuses and across communities, providing an opportunity for students to share experiences, learnings, best practices and ideas and gain insight, perspective and skills to further their activism.

Each Finalist presents about their PGC experience and CAP to an audience, including a panel of judges. CAP seed funding is given in tiered awards. Finalists then continue to develop, build, refine and implement CAPs in partnership with a team of mentors through April of the following year, which they present virtually upon completion at the PGC Finals — Part 2. On that day, judges will name the PGC Champion and present the $5,000 Green Award and grand prize package. 

CAMPUS REP

 Take a leadership role as a Campus Representative for Project Green Challenge. Promote the 30-day digital activation to high school, college and graduate students, faculty, staff, and club leaders on your campus to inspire sign ups for and participation in the October program. Stepping into this role means helping others expand their understanding of individual and collective impact on people, climate, public health and sustainability. Campus Reps are an important responsibility, which is why our global team is here to support and motivate you along the way — as you empower and equip bold catalysts for change and advocates for a just, sustainable future.

Apply to be a Campus Representative for your school or country. Global leadership teams build professional skills, grow international networks, coordinate with regional representatives, and foster a community of climate activists! If you are interested and/or have any questions, feel free to email info@turninggreen.org.

CLIMATE ACTION PROJECTS

PGC Finalists ideate, develop and successfully implement Climate Action Projects in the months following PGC. Read about the massive impact of the 2020 CAPs, 2021 CAPs, 2022 CAPs, and 2023 CAPs, changemaker trajectories that have only just begun — ranging from climate literacy to cleanups, community gardens to exploring the outdoors, composting to local ethical businesses, educating kids to energy efficiency, pollinators to cafeterias, upcycling to solar, workshops to entire courses, and much more.