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Green is the new black

Dorms around the country transform into eco-friendly spaces

Posted: July 23, 2009 11:50 a.m.
Updated: July 23, 2009 3:30 p.m.

SAUSALITO, Calif. (PRNewswire-USNewswire) -- Teens Turning Green, a national coalition of teens educating peers and community members about healthy lifestyle choices, announces the launch of Project Green Dorm, a multi-faceted effort to encourage teens around the country to make eco-informed purchases around the age-old tradition of back-to-school.

"Project Green Dorm is a web-based guide for students and parents for all the items on the back-to-school checklist - but the greenest options," said Judi Shils, Director of Teens Turning Green.

"Living a truly green life will extend into my college dorm room. Environmentally responsible choices can be made for everything from wall paint to bedding, to energy efficiency, to all the items I use everyday. Challenge yourself to make going back-to-school this semester 100% green," said campaign member Erin Schrode.

On July 30, Project Green Dorm launches nationwide with the web-based PGD Take Action Toolkit ( created for students as a comprehensive resource guide for all things related to back to school, with tips, photos, product recommendations, advice and other information.

The Project Green Dorm Shop will open in the Village at Corte Madera, Marin County (through Sept. 15).

The centerpiece of the shop is the PGD set, filled with eco living and lifestyle essentials students might find on their back-to-school checklists.

The goal is to tangibly bring the PGD web-based Toolkit to life providing an interactive, educational green-lifestyle experience for visitors. All of the products in the shop will be for sale with the proceeds supporting Teens Turning Green programs.

PGD College Care Packs will be available to send to college students with eco essentials to start their new green lifestyle. To order your pack visit

"Taking care of our planet is a responsibility and a privilege. Being green isn't just about shopping vintage, buying organic or recycling - it's about a whole eco mindset, a lifestyle choice that impacts human health and the health of the planet. We hope to inform students across the country so they can opt for eco choices that begin with their living space and lifestyle choices and provide a thoughtful framework to approach the rest of their lives," said Judi Shils.

About Teens Turning Green
Teens Turning Green is a national movement of teens transforming the world through investigating harmful exposures in daily lives, schools and communities, advocating for change in policy and habits to protect our world, and educating peers and the community about healthy choices.

Through collaboration, these young leaders inspire action, promote change and sustain our future.


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