Eco-conscious program set to transform the lives of incoming college freshman nationwide
Submitted by Teens Turning Green
Youth-Led non-profit Teens Turning Green is set to launch its newest initiative, Freshman Green 15 (FG15), to college campuses nationwide for implementation during Orientation Week in the fall. This “go-green” campaign, focused on raising awareness about conscious living, mindful consumption, and the collective impact of individual actions, is challenging first year students to use this resource to build a foundation for conscious living.
“Freshman Green 15 is a starting point for developing life long habits from the moment students arrive on their new campuses. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, actionable information, and projects developed around sustainable practices, we hope to prompt students, faculty, and staff to find ways to sustain the planet, starting on their campuses,” says Judi Shils, Executive Director, Teens Turning Green.
FG15 was created as a yearlong program to provide student leaders, (RA’s, Eco Reps, Eco-Club Heads, etc.) with the necessary resources to integrate conscious thinking into daily life. The program launches with distribution of two comprehensive toolkits; one for mentors and the other for incoming students. Incorporating four major resources, “15 Tips to Green Your Life,” “15 Terms to Green your Vocab,” “15 Things to Take to College” and a Green Packing List, students will have the tools to live consciously. The program will encourage collaboration between student leaders, school personnel and incoming freshman to inspire sustainable choices for everyday decisions.
TTG is currently working with student leaders to pilot this program at schools including Columbia, Rice, Barnard, Johns Hopkins, NYU, University of Delaware, University of Southern Mississippi, Tulane, University of North Texas, among others. Eco Rep and student environmental advocate, Taylor Seidel, a rising senior at Columbia University, commented on the progress of their collaboration with TTG and the program, “Freshmen Green 15 (or in our case, Green 17), contains a wealth of green knowledge that will help us educate incoming students about the importance of sustainability at Columbia. It provides structure and an elaborate communications strategy that will enable us to disseminate this information without wasteful flyers and unnecessary handouts. FG15/Green 17 builds a foundation in sustainable living that will last throughout an academic career at Columbia, if not a lifetime.”
With 16 summer interns from universities across the country, and led by Executive Director, Judi Shils, and Program Director, Jonathan Foley, the TTG team has worked on perfecting this program for the past several months. “It has definitely been a work in progress,” says TTG Student Ambassador, Ashley Ugarte, a rising junior from Rice University and TTG’s Communications and Social Media Coordinator. “All of our hard work has truly paid off. It’s amazing what collaboration and dedication can accomplish in just a short time. Coincidentally, this is exactly the kind of mindset we hope students will adopt by using the FG15 resources. TTG’s mission to mobilize youth towards sustainable action begins by inspiring students to voice their dreams. FG15 is the foundation which we hope will open the eyes of students, mentors and faculty to an entirely new way of living.”
FG15 is the prelude to Teens Turning Green’s Third Annual Project Green Challenge 2013, a 30-day global call to action in October for high school and college students to transition from conventional to conscious living to sustain our planet. Click here to sign up!
About Teens Turning Green
Teens Turning Green is a student led movement devoted to education and advocacy around environmentally 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. What began in California in 2005 now has a presence through a variety of eco-conscious programs at elementary, middle and high schools, universities, and student organizations across the United States, and around the world as well as a strong virtual platform and media presence. Chapters nationwide lead grassroots efforts that aim to raise awareness, encourage behavior change, and lobby for policy that will lessen local and global impact.
The Freshman Green 15 (FG15) program 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, Greenology, Guayaki Yerba Mate, JetBlue, Kimpton Hotels, Natracare, Numi, Ecojot, Eileen Fisher, Juice Beauty, Kejriwal, Navitas, R.W. Garcia, U Konserve, Swisspers Organic, and Vermont Soap.
For more information, to sign up and get involved, visit TeensTurningGreen.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415.289.1001. Begin your conventional to conscious journey, share your story with us and join us on Facebook and Twitter @TeensTurnGreen, #FG15. Visit our Pinterest Boards and join us on Instagram for more fun, creative and informative tips and resources on how to green your life.
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 students in the transition from conventional to conscious, empowering the next generation and mobilizing action to sustain our earth!
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