We Want Your Ideas for How to Make our Community Greener!

Local high school teams have some big green ideas to tackle this year’s topic: SOLID WASTE. Come hear their project results at the Finals on May 17, 2017, at 7PM at Fox Lane High School.

Hosted by Bedford 2020 and supported by the Westchester Community Foundation, the Greenlight Award was offered in three high schools during the 2016-2017 school year: John Jay, Fox Lane, and the Harvey School.

The Competition starts with student teams working with faculty and community experts to present proposals of their “big green ideas” to have an impact in the community. After Round One presentations, select finalists receive up to $1,000 in funding from Bedford 2020 to implement their ideas. They present the results at a Final event at the end of the school year where an esteemed panel of judges ask tough questions and choose the most impactful project to be the Greenlight Award winner.  The winner receives the Greenlight Award and $500.

Thank you to the Westchester Community Foundation and Bedford 2020 donors for supporting this program!

2016-2017 Greenlight Award Competition – Solid Waste Ideas! from Bedford 2020 on Vimeo.

Read about last year’s finalists here.

Greenlight Competition Toolkit



2016-2017 Contest Timing and Awards

September  – Kick-off Meeting to launch contest and review application information.

September – November: Students partner with faculty mentors, develop ideas and prepare Round 1 presentations.

November:  Students sign up to participate.

Incubator Workshop for all participants to meet with community experts, refine the direction of their project and learn about Round 1 presentation requirements.

December 15: Project Proposal Form Due

January 7 9am – Round 1: 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 from January through May.

May 17 – Final Round: Completed projects are presented at a community-wide Shark Tank event at Fox Lane High School and Greenlight Award winner is selected. Winning team receives $500 cash prize and $500 faculty grant. Click here for the flyer. And Like the Event on Facebook!