Be a Community Changemaker!

You can make a difference! Changemaker 2020 contestants present action-oriented projects that cause or influence behavior change to benefit the environment by at least 20 people, 20 times.

The 2017-2018 Greenlight Award Competition is open to students at 5 area high schools: Fox Lane, John Jay, Harvey School, Rippowan Cisqua, and Horace Greeley.

Students and faculty, check out the Toolkit and Calendar Below.

Enter the Shark Tank! Propose a campaign, invention, tool or project to cause behavior change and present it to a panel of judges. Finalists receive up to $1,000 in seed funding from Bedford 2020 to put “big green ideas” into action. Then present the tangible impact the project had on the community at the Final event, and compete for the Greenlight Award and up to $500.

Read about former finalists here.

 Greenlight Competition Toolkit

 “This competition is an invaluable experience for students, particularly in demonstrating that thoughtful engagement and advocacy can effect positive change.”

– Michelle Land, Greenlight Judge and  Clinical Professor Department of Environmental Studies and Science, Pace University

“Thanks for creating such an empowering opportunity for students to shine.”

– Joel Adelberg, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Bedford Central School District


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2017-2018 Contest Calendar


September: Attend Kick-off Meeting (dates TBD). Learn about the contest and ask questions.

October: GroupMe sign up. Students receive information and updates by joining a group chat here.

October:  Sign up to participate by October 15th. Students assemble a team and topic/general concept of their idea, find a faculty mentor, and complete the Intent to Participate form 

October – December: Prepare for Round 1 Proposal and Presentation. Students partner with faculty mentors, develop ideas, action plan, budget and prepare Project Proposal Form.

November: Attend Mandatory Incubator Workshop (date TBD). Participants meet with community experts, refine the direction of their project and learn about available resources and Round 1 requirements.

December: Project Proposal Form Due by December 1st. This will be reviewed in advance by the Round 1 judges.

December: Power Point Presentation Due (date TBD). Presentations must be submitted in advance via Dropbox for Round 1. Students practice presentation.

December: Round 1 (date TBD). Present ideas to Panel of Experts. Finalists are selected to compete in final round for Greenlight Award. Round 1 finalists can receive project seed-funding up to $1,000 and will have access to community experts to develop and pilot their ideas through April.

January: Second Mandatory Incubator Workshop (date TBD). Participants meet with community experts to cultivate projects, receive training on data collection, and learn more about Finals requirements.

February: Mid-Way Report Due (date TBD). Finalists submit short report on the status of their project.

early-May: Final Round (date TBD). Completed projects are presented at a community-wide Shark Tank event and Greenlight Award winner is selected. Winning team receives $500 cash prize!  All finalists are celebrated and press release with project results and photos sent to media.