Green Tech Helps Youth Eco Their Schools

Inspired, perhaps, by the example of five high school students from Iowa, HP and teen not-for-profit DoSomething.org hosted the “Green Your School Challenge” this year, which encouraged teens to use technology to generate awareness and have a positive eco-impact.

During the 10-week campaign, which ended on Earth Day, youth from more than 2,500 schools  led eco-friendly projects–among them, Millburn Sr. High School (of Millburn,  New Jersy), whose students raised awareness about air pollution by calculating the amount of pollution that idling cars in the school carpool line were emitting, and Chapel Hill High School (of Chapel Hill, North Carolina), whose students used Facebook to ignite discussions around climate change.

NOLA Schools

image via National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Students also hosted Earth Week events such as “Recycling Spies Day,” which rewarded students who were seen recycling, and constructed a 12-foot by 12-foot cube representing the amount of carbon dioxide saved by recycling a week’s worth of newspapers.

Students from Chapel Hill High School, Durand Middle School in Michigan, the University of Central Florida, and City Academy in Utah emerged as the overall winners and as such, will receive $1,000 grants for their programs, as well as HP Pavilion dm1 notebooks to help carry out their plans.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.