Checking in from the Road
Teens Turning Green, an inspiring student-led movement devoted to education and advocacy around environmentally sustainable and socially responsible choices for individuals, schools, and communities, launched an unprecedented call to action this Earth Month on college campuses across California.
On April 10, the TTG team set out on the Right to Know College Road Tour in their tour car, the Kia Sportage CUV. The Road Tour and an Eco Expo started in Southern California at USC, followed by UCLA. From April 10 – 30, TTG is traveling to ten California colleges, raising awareness about the ‘Right to Know’ California Ballot Initiative to Label GMO Food and the 2nd Annual Project Green Challenge 2012 in October. They’re doing so with a TTG Tent and Eco Pop Up Expo in tow, which displays conventional (marked with a red X) and conscious (green check) collection of products.
Reporting in from the road, TTG Executive Director and Founder Judi Shils tells us that the tour has been “extraordinary, beyond our wildest dreams!” And the response at each college campus along the way has been, too. “It has been amazing. People care. People want to effect change. And they are ready to do so!” Students, faculty, and employees at all the schools are visiting TTG tents and wanting to know everything the team can teach them. In the past 10 days, students have signed on as Campus Reps for Project Green Challenge 2012 and as TTG Summer Interns. Teachers are wanting to integrate TTG’s work into their curriculum. Sustainability offices are asking how they can collaborate. Representatives from CalPirg, Net Impact, Eco Clubs, and Sustainability Offices are dedicated to working with TTG. “That is how we’ll get there!” says Judi.
“It has been inspirational and exciting to be on the ground [with the team] and know how much what we are doing matters,” Judi explains. “What we are able to accomplish together is what is needed. We have four more stops on our tour and then an event in Marin County on May 20 to celebrate all of this work in our community. In May, we start to focus on building out Project Green Dorm and Project Green Challenge 2012. We have some great work ahead — stay tuned!”
Congrats from all of us at ecofabulous, TTG Team!
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