Summary of Competition


Round One: Proposal Showcase – December 14th
Propose a project that will result in behavior change to benefit the environment. Submit a project proposal and pitch your idea at the Proposal Showcase in early December to receive expert advice and feedback. Apply for up to $500 seed funding. Decide if you will “Greenlight” your project and move ahead to develop it. Receive support from area experts.

Final Event: The Greenlight Award™ Solutions Expo – April 18th
In April, present your project and the data you’ve gathered about its current or potential impact to community leaders. Projects are scored and various certificates of commendation are awarded to completed projects. The team with the best project in each category (Innovator or Advocate) is awarded $1000 and the Greenlight Award.™ Second prize in each category is $500, followed by third at $250.¬†

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


Greenlight Calendar 2019-2020

September – October

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

  • Attend a kickoff meeting near you
  • Choose your¬†track–¬†Advocate or Innovator
  • Fill out the Intent to Participate Form by¬†October 25th
  • Brainstorm ideas. Click here for student ideas and resources
  • Find a faculty advisor and choose your track (Advocate or Innovator)
  • Work on your proposal with your team and faculty advisor. Meet with stakeholders and test your ideas in your community

November – December

Attend the Proposal Showcase and get feedback. 

  • Fill out the Project Proposal Form by December 2nd
  • Prepare a tri-fold poster with a budget and a 3-5 minute pitch for the judges at our Round One Proposal Showcase on December 14th
  • Read the Proposal Showcase details and judging criteria so you can be ready to answer questions
  • Get expert feedback, decide if you want to move forward with your project, and apply for seed funding

January – March

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

  • Based on the proposed budget for your project, receive funding of up to $500 to develop your project
  • Work with mentors, advisors, and stakeholders to lead your project in your community
  • If you need additional advice about your specific project, contact us, and we will work to connect you with an expert
  • Submit your Midway Check-In Report
  • Prepare for the Final Solutions Expo on April 18th

Score Bonus Points Along the Way

Between the Round One event and the Finals, there will be opportunities for finalists to use resources available to them and complete tasks on time for points toward their final score.

To earn extra points:

  • Attend a kick-off meeting
  • Complete the Midway Check-in Report on time
  • Email progress photos of your project in action to Bedford 2020
  • Practice your final presentation with a faculty member and get their feedback. To gain points, the advisor should email Bedford 2020 confirming this
  • Submit your Final Project Report¬†and PowerPoint Presentation for the Finals¬†


Attend the Final Solutions Expo and win prizes!

At the Finals, finalists present their project and their measurable results before an audience and a panel of judges who score the presentations. At this event, prizes are awarded and Westchester County certificates are presented to all participants.

The team with the best project in each category (Innovator or Advocate) is awarded $1,000 and the Greenlight Award.™ Second prize in each category is $500, followed by third at $250. In addition, teams have the chance to be awarded in specific categories (such as policy change or creativity).

Click here for the Finals Timeline and Tips.


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