Erin trains student volunteers at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on this year’s Conscious College Road Tour — a program of Turning Green that brings interactive eco-education to college campuses.
Last year, nearly 4,000 students across 31 countries registered to receive an email with the day’s challenge. They were encouraged to share their successes on the Challenge website. The students who garnered the highest green marks at the end of the month were invited to attend the closing ceremony and compete for the grand prize: $5,000 to implement a sustainable project or put toward continuing education.
In the months the challenge isn't in session, Erin spends her time traveling to schools across the country, talking to young people who may have a limited understanding of the environmental movement.
"I go around to speak with people who don't hear these messages all the time. They're the ones we really need to reach to change the paradigm. They're the ones who are getting stuck."
She went on to explain how a recent trip to a small Iowa town reminded her of her Green Girl mission — to equip young people in all walks of life “with passion and vigor and education they can use to change the world.”
"These kids were asking specific questions about what they could do tomorrow, what their parents could do, and where they could go to find more information," she said. "It showed me that some people really are hungry for knowledge, and it's easy to forget that when you're in these bubbles of California or the Northeast."
Erin exudes an infectious passion, and her articulate maturity makes it easy to forget that she just graduated college. Ambitious and humble, Erin’s clearly proud of her catalog of accomplishments, but eager to add to it.
“I feel like I can always be more impactful.”
Eager to learn more about Erin and try out some October sustainability challenges for yourself? Follow Project Green Challenge to learn more about how you can do some good for the planet this (and every other!) month.
Photo courtesy of Erin Schrode.