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Teens Turning Green's Journey on the Conscious College Road Tour

6-week tour to 14 universities to inspire eco conscious living and mobilize students

Submitted by: Teens Turning Green

Categories: Sustainability, Environment

Posted: Apr 03, 2013 – 04:07 PM EST


MARIN COUNTY, Calif., Apr. 03 /CSRwire/ - Youth-led non profit Teens Turning Green is hitting the road with an unprecedented initiative called the Conscious College Road Tour. The tour launched at the end of March with great visits to Rice University and U North Texas. On April 4 and 5, we will be hosted at University of Colorado, Boulder in partnership with the University of Colorado at Boulder Environmental Center.  

The #Conscious College Road Tour will stop at 14 universities across the country through mid May. Members of the traveling TTG team include Founder/Director Judi Shils, Campaign Spokesperson, Erin Schrode, and Program Director Jonathan Foley along with student campaign members. The two-day campus stops seek to inform, raise awareness, and inspire conscious living with three key components: 

  • The Conscious Information Station: education, sampling, demos, and fun activities (4/4 + 4/5 : 10am-3pm)
  • The Conscious Collection: a display of eco, ethical essential items for college life that TTG aims to introduce to campus bookstores and convenience stores
  • Town Hall Meeting: to bring students, faculty, and school leaders into conversation about how to launch FG 15 on campuses and refine the materials collectively (4/4: 6-9pm)

The Conscious College Road Tour seeks to mainstream conscious living as a vital aspect college life through simple, fun, high impact products and practices, while empowering student leaders to develop and implement projects that lead to more sustainable campuses. TTG will work to mentor these young leaders, offer resources and support, and create collaborative global networks of change-makers.

A key visual display during the tour is the Conscious Collection for College Stores, a showcase for ethical lifestyle products that TTG would like to see more accessible on college campuses. “The Conscious Collection is precisely what my peers are asking for – effective, useful, and practical items that are safe, healthy, sustainable AND need to be available on our campuses. It’s tremendously exciting to introduce this collection to universities nationwide,” says Erin Schrode, Co-Founder of Teens Turning Green and 21-year-old senior at New York University.

 “We will be visiting many campuses to support the work of powerful student leaders and deepen collaboration with students and faculty, as well as school and community leaders. TTG is introducing Freshman Green 15 and building support in advance of Project Green Challenge 2013,” says Judi Shils, Director of Teens Turning Green.

FG15 is designed to raise awareness about conscious living and mindful consumption among incoming freshman with the electronic FG15 Welcome Packet (Eco Tips for Sustainable College Living, a Back to School Green Packing List, and a Freshman Green 15 Survival Kit). Project Green Challenge is TTG’s eco lifestyle challenge that invites students to go from conventional to eco conscious living in 30 days each October.

“Established in 1970, the student-powered Environmental Center serves as a catalyst and facilitator for a culture of sustainability at the University of Colorado at Boulder. This requires collaboration and we are pleased to host the Conscious College Road Tour and partners. With challenging news daily about the environment and public health, we need to host celebratory, fun, and inspiring events. The Tour helps to do this. Not only does this tour engage our students about daily choices to protect the environmental and individual health, it also demonstrates conscious business models that are available in the real world. We want our students to be sustainable leaders beyond their academic years at CU, and to work toward creating a healthier, happier, and more just planet. This Tour helps demonstrate what is possible," says Sarah Dawn Haynes, University of Colorado at Boulder Environmental Center

Road Tour Stops
Rice University: Houston, TX (3/25-26), Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, Harvard University: Cambridge, MA (3/28), University of North Texas Denton: Dallas, TX (4/2-3), University of Colorado: Boulder, CO (4/4-5), University of Illinois: Urbana / Champaign, IL (4/7-8), University of Delaware: Newark, Delaware (4/9-10), New York University: New York, NY (4/16-17), Barnard College: New York, NY (4/17), Johns Hopkins University: Baltimore, MD (4/18-19), University of Southern Mississippi: Hattiesburg, Mississippi (4/26-27), University of California: Los Angeles, CA (May), other schools TBD 

About Teens Turning Green 
Teens Turning Green is a student led movement devoted to education and advocacy around environmentally sustainable and socially responsible choices for individuals, schools, and communities. TTG seeks to engage youth in the transition from conventional to conscious, empowering the next generation and mobilizing action to sustain our earth.

The TTG Conscious College Road Tour is made possible through partnership with like-minded champions of sustainability and the environment, including The Shaw Fund, Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund, Whole Foods Market, Acure, Amy’s Kitchen, Aubrey Organics, Crofter’s Organic, Dr. Bronner’s, Desert Essence, Guayaki Yerba Mate, JetBlue, Kimpton Hotels, Numi Teas, Ecojot, Eileen Fisher, Inc., Juice Beauty, Kejriwal, Navitas, RW. Garcia, U Konserve, Swisspers Organic, and Vermont Soap.

For more information, to sign up, and get involved visit TeensTurningGreen.org, email info@teensturninggreen.org or call 415.289.1001. Follow the journey and join us on Facebook and Twitter @TeensTurnGreen #ConsciousCollege.

For more information, please contact:

Judi Shils Executive Director
Phone: 415.939.1232
Phone 2: 415.289.1001
Fax: 415.289.1012


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