Students can win grand prize of $10,000 by ‘greening’ their school

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Greening school

There’s a grassroots movement taking shape in the United States that has young people shedding all forms of environmental complacency.

Guerrilla Green is a growing movement of frustrated youth tired of waiting for sustainable construction to take place.

The place they spend most of their time, the school campus, is often built with little care to future generations. And in some cases, these facilities contain toxins that increase the risk of cancer in students and teachers.

As more schools push for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), very few give an outlet for practical and tangible results.

But members of Guerilla Green say they’re trying to change all of that…

The movement invites teams of middle and high school students across the U.S. to bring innovative solutions to their school buildings, outdoor spaces and activities.

Using a ‘bracket style’ competition, the top eight teams will compete to win their region before battling for the grand prize of $10,000.

Organizers say they’re not just highlighting and honoring ideas. They’re also investing in them with over $30,000. This money empowers the students with direct action — not only to imagine but to implement as well.

Surprise jury members will be announced every day starting Oct. 24th. The group includes a 19 year old filmmaker, a 21 year old eco-pioneer, an emerging TV and film actor and many more.

Cameron Sinclair is ‘Chief Eternal Optimist’ of Architecture for Humanity and former TED Prize winner. He argues that “the only difference between a good idea and a great one is implementation. I came up with Architecture for Humanity when I was a kid, and it took over a decade before I found the support to launch it. We can’t wait while the innovative ideas sit on the shelf, so we are helping to fund the Guerrilla Green Sustainable Showdown and in turn invest in what matters, the environmental leaders of tomorrow.”

Are you a teenager? Do you know a teenager? If so, then then register and submit the next great green solution for a chance to collect up to $13,000.

Submissions can be sent to: bit.ly/hackitgreen. Then talk it up on Guerilla Green’s Facebook page and Twitter @guerrillagreen.

Good luck!