Guerrilla Green: Giving $30K in Grants for Teens to Hack Their Schools Green

Guerrilla Green: Giving $30K in Grants for Teens to Hack Their Schools Green

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Jan 03, 2013
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The Guerrilla Green Sustainable Showdown, part funded by school rock bands, challenges teens to turn innovative ideas into impactful solutions. We're accepting teen-created proposals through February 1st, 2013.

Guerrilla Green is a growing movement of frustrated young people tired of waiting for sustainable transformation in the built environment. The place they spend most of their time, the school campus, is usually built with little care to future generations and in some cases 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.

We're changing that. This inaugural sustainable showdown 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 ten grand. We are not just highlighting and honoring ideas, we're investing in them with over $30,000. This money empowers the students with direct action, not only to imagine but to implement . 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, 'Chief Eternal Optimist' of Architecture for Humanity and former TED Prize winner, 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 going to fund the Guerrilla Green Sustainable Showdown and in turn invest in what matters, the environmental leaders of tomorrow.

Additional funding has been provided by Youth Rock The Rebuild, a group of school rock bands who have raised funds for rebuilding schools in Haiti as well as local initiatives. Support has also been garnered from the Bezos Family Foundation, The Department of Small Works and Teens Turning Green.

Are you a teenager? Do you know a teenager? Have you seen a teenager? Register and submit the next great green solution for a chance to collect up to $13,000, submit it at bit.ly/hackitgreen then talk it up on our Facebook page and Twitter @guerrillagreen. Snap it up on Pintrest and Instagram. Each venue gives your team more exposure and more money (mini challenges to come). So Green into it!  

About Architecture for Humanity's Green Schools Initiative:

Guerrilla Green marks Architecture for Humanity's latest endeavor to enable youth to make creative and sustainable change in their own backyards. In 2009 Architecture for Humanity launched the Open Architecture Challenge for Better Classroom Design. The ideas that emerged from the competition sparked a new dialogue between architects, teachers and students as how to best design and finance sustainable, inspiring learning environments. Today Architecture for Humanity continues this critical conversation with a simple goal: to deliver every student 21st century learning and leadership opportunities through the power of design.

Earlier this year, Architecture for Humanity partnered with The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council and other industry leaders to research and pilot environmentally and fiscally scalable solutions for the nation's multi-billion dollar green building and maintenance needs. Through partnerships, Architecture for Humanity seeks to further this important work and to train the next generation of sustainability thinkers and 'do-ers'.

If you'd like more information about Guerrilla Green, please call Architecture for Humanity at 1.415.963.3511 or email guerrillagreen@architectureforhumanity.org