Summary of Competition


  • Watch Kickoff Presentation/Brainstorm
  • Register to Participate by November 1st
  • Project proposal due Dec. 6
  • Prepare poster and attend Proposal Showcase on Dec. 14
  • Receive feedback; Apply for funding; Greenlight your project
  • Develop project (January – April); meet with experts
  • Present at the Finals on April 19th and compete for cash prizes and the Greenlight Award at the Bedford 2020 Climate Action Summit

Below are specific details about the 2019-2020 contest. Participants, please check back as the section is updated periodically with new information.


Greenlight Calendar 2019-2020

September – October

Sign up, get involved, and begin to work on your idea.

November – December

Pitch proposal. Get feedback and decide whether to Greenlight.

  • Fill out the online Project Proposal Form found in the Toolkit by December 2.
  • Prepare a tri-fold poster and a 3-5 minute pitch for the judges at the Proposal Showcase on December 14th at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, NY at 9:30 AM. Please arrive by 9:15am to get set up.¬† This event is open to the public.
  • Receive and evaluation score and feedback from our experts.¬†
  • Visit other displays and hear students from around the county pitch their ideas.
  • Apply for seed funding by 12/20 if necessary to carry out your project.
  • Funding determinations announced 1/6.
  • Decide if you want to Greenlight (move forward with) your project by 1/10.

January – March

Carry out your project and prepare for the Final Solutions Expo.

  • Develop your project as a Greenlight Finalist. Start here with tips for making a backwards plan
  • Measure, project and evaluate success and potential impact. Take photos!
  • Work with stakeholders, community experts, advisors, partners and your team.
  • Submit a¬†Check-In Report in mid-February and a Final Report in April.
  • Prepare materials for the Solutions Expo including short presentation and a flyer about your project.

Score Bonus Points Along the Way

Between the Proposal Showcase and the Final Solutions Expo, there will be opportunities for Finalists to use resources available to them and complete tasks on time for points toward the team’s final score.

To earn extra points:
  1. Complete the Midway Check-in Report by February 14
  2. Email progress photos of your project in progress to Bedford 2020 by April 3
  3. Submit your Final Project Report by April 8
  4. Create a Google Slides Presentation by April 10
  5. Practice your final presentation with a faculty member and get their feedback. To gain points, the advisor must email Bedford 2020 confirming this has been done by April 15.  Practice in front of a class or club is not required, but strongly suggested


Attend the Final Solutions Expo and win prizes!

  • April 19, present your project, the data you’ve gathered, and give your evaluation at the Final Solutions Expo¬†
  • Final Projects are scored by Greenlight Judges¬†using the scoring criteria found in the Toolkit.
  • Various awards and certificates are presented to completed projects.
  • The teams with the best projects in each category (Innovator or Advocate) compete before all the participants and an audience at 2pm for cash prizes and the Greenlight Award.
  • Top prize in each category is $1000. Second is $500 and third at $250.¬†

Check back to this page for updated due dates and more information about what you need to do to prepare for the events. If you ever have questions, please contact the Program Director, Ellen.


See our previous finalists for examples and ideas or return to the toolkit!

Kickoff Meeting

Student presenting at Proposal Showcase

Finalist teaching kids to compost food waste

Finalists teaching students about vermicomposting.

Greenlight Winner 2019