How to be a climate leader in 30 days

by | Jul 28, 2022 | Culture, Education, Environment, Food, Justice, Lifestyle, Voices

Want to be a climate leader? Take the first step!

If you care about the environment and seek to create change, but are not sure where to start, this program is for you. Project Green Challenge is an annual global challenge for students to take climate action, adopt an eco-conscious lifestyle, learn about public health, and champion for sustainability. It is an opportunity to transform student lives, campuses, and communities for the better in just 30 days. Are you up for the challenge?

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Join thousands of students making change

Every October, thousands of students from all 50 states and over 160 countries join Project Green Challenge. Each day, participants are given an environmentally-themed challenge to complete and prizes to win! The challenges include activities that range from writing a letter to politicians, auditing household cleaning products, reflecting on thought-provoking documentaries, mobilizing your local community, developing organic eco-conscious grocery shopping habits, and more. The challenges change each year based on what’s happening in the world, the ever-changing environmental landscape, and new research, science and innovation.


Win a trip to San Francisco, a $5,000 award, and daily prizes

As you learn, participate, and grow as a climate leader, you’ll also have numerous opportunities to win eco prizes shipped to your home. Each day, up to 20 submissions will be selected to win a package of themed items including organic foods, books, body care products, zero waste staples, and household supplies.

Want to go even further? Up to 14 finalists will be selected to win an all-expenses-paid trip to San Francisco for a phenomenal three-day eco summit, plus more incredible experiences, eco products, gift cards, services, and more. A green award of $5,000 will be awarded to one, two, ore three Project Green Challenge champions to be shared among them. Learn more about this year’s prizes.

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Learn from those who have excelled

Project Green Challenge is focused on climate justice – raising awareness about the BIPOC and marginalized communities disproportionately impacted and how we can all take action to benefit people and planet. It is an opportunity to raise your voice, transform how you approach environmental and social issues, and make a positive difference in your community – and around the world. But you don’t have to take our word for it; here are what past participants have to say about Project Green Challenge!


Ikem-Nwosu Promise: 2021 Champion

Promise and his sustainability team standing around litter they picked up. Promise holds a sign reading Project Green Challenge.

Promise joined Project Green Challenge as a sophomore at Nigerian Maritime University in Okerenkoko, Gbaramatu Kingdom in Nigeria. At age 18, he addressed climate justice and disposal of plastics on his campus. Promise learned that no voice is too small to have an impact. He plans to finish his studies while starting his own environmental nonprofit with the funds, partnership, and ongoing support from the global Project Green Challenge and Turning Green communities.

“I became my own inspiration. Everyday, Turning Green helped me discover my super powers and hidden potential. I will continue to fight for environmental and climate justice. I am incredibly grateful for my team of passionate environmentalists and my project mentors. I can’t say enough about the magic of Project Green Challenge.”


Raychel Santo: 2012 Champion

Raychel and other PGC Finalists and Turning Green team at Natural Products Expo West, a part of her grand prize as PGC 2011 Champion.

Raychel joined the first-ever Project Green Challenge. At the time, she was a sophomore at Johns Hopkins University. She thought the Challenge would be a fun activity, but it ended up changing her life forever. Raychel now works at Johns Hopkins Center for Livable Futures where she leads developing reports on food policy issues, climate change, food systems, and urban agriculture.

“My experience with Project Green Challenge will, without a doubt, stand as a defining moment in my life for years to come. It has not only expanded my knowledge of nearly every major environmental issue and introduced me to some of the world’s most inspirational individuals working to combat these issues, but it has also empowered me to act on these issues in creative and effective ways.”


Missy Martin: 2017 Champion

Missy Martin 2017 Project Green Challenge winner holding up an anti-GMO sign.

Missy was a sophomore at Belmont University from Naperville, Illinois when she signed up for Project Green Challenge. Missy thrived throughout the Challenge, and has remained involved as an intern and Ambassador throughout the years, while working on related issues at her school and across the local communities where she has lived. Missy is now the Chief Sustainability Officer at Sapien.

“As the Challenge progressed during the month, I felt stronger and more confident. It is one thing to know how to act to create change for people and the planet, and it is a whole other thing to actually make those changes. Project Green Challenge pushed me to act and be a changemaker. I am no longer someone who simply just knows the facts. I am a driven, passionate global citizen who wants to develop ideas, mobilize others, and change the world in the best way that I can.”

Want to hear more? Read reflections from Mariana and Ivana of Columbia about their experience and how the Minnesota high school team of Addie and Claire made waves locally.


Mobilize more climate leaders

Project Green Challenge, like board games or protests (or just about anything!), is better with friends. One of the strongest ways to rise as a climate leader at your school is to become a Campus Rep and help get other students involved. It’s an experience to catalyze meaningful change, build robust skill sets, widen your networks and spheres of influence, and one you can also put on your resume.

Become a Campus Rep


Take your place as the climate leader you are!

Climate change and the environmental issues of the world can feel overwhelming, but by taking small concrete steps, you can make a difference. By joining Project Green Challenge, you’ll be part of an unstoppable movement of thousands of like-minded students globally. You’ll learn the facts and tools needed to affect change. You’ll meet peers, mentors, and experts in the field. You’ll turn your climate anxiety into action. Be the change. Lead the way. Join Project Green Challenge!


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    Team Turning Green seeks to cultivate a healthy, just and thriving planet through education and advocacy around environmentally sustainable and socially responsible choices. We educate, empower, and mobilize a global network of students to become visionary catalysts for sustainable change in their lives, school campuses, and local communities.