Bridget Williams and Ella Fesler comprise the two-person team that was invited to attend the Project Green Challenge (PGC) 2017 Challenge Finals this week in Marin County, California. Bridget will make the trek to represent the team to compete with the other 15 finalists.
PGC is a month-long initiative that began on October 1 with a goal of engaging high school and college students globally in a call to action. It features 30 days of environmentally themed challenges through which students work with mentors and learn advocacy and leadership skills.
When I first started the Project Green Challenge, I thought I was really sustainable. As I completed each challenge, I realized the more things I could do in my daily life that would be impactful to not just people in the community, or in the United States, but people all over the world,” said Bridget.
Each day of the month, students took part in a specific challenge designed to explore a topic or issue such as energy, zero waste, food waste, biodiversity, economics, fashion and more, and share their results on the Project Green website and through social media as a way to raise broader awareness.
I learned a lot about fast fashion. It resonated with me the most and I really want to help by not contributing to fast fashion companies. I want to buy more second-hand clothes and research companies before buying their clothes,” said Ella.
PGC aims to touch lives, shift mindsets, and equip students with knowledge, resources and mentorship to lead change that causes a powerful ripple effect on campuses and communities worldwide. Through conscious living, informed consumption, and individual and collective action, PGC participants are challenged to contribute to a healthy, just, and thriving planet. Since launching in 2011, this initiative has engaged over 30,000 students directly and tens of millions indirectly, on more than 2,000 campuses in all 50 states and 45 countries.