Summary of Competition


  • Watch Kickoff Presentation/Brainstorm
  • Register to participate by late October
  • Project proposal due early December
  • Prepare poster and attend Proposal Showcase in December
  • Receive feedback; Apply for funding; Greenlight your project
  • Develop project (January – April); meet with experts
  • Present at the Finals in April and compete for cash prizes and the Greenlight Award

Greenlight Calendar 2020-2021

Check back in for specific dates at the end of the summer!

September – October

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

November – December

Pitch proposal. Get feedback and decide whether to Greenlight your project.

  • Fill out the online Project Proposal Form by early December.
  • Prepare a tri-fold poster and a 3-5 minute pitch for the judges at the Proposal Showcase in December.
  • 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 in December if necessary to carry out your project.
  • Funding determinations announced in early January.
  • Decide if you want to Greenlight (move forward with) your project by early January.

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 the success and potential impact of your project. Take photos!
  • Work with stakeholders, community experts, advisors, partners and your team.
  • Submit a Midway Check-In Report in early February.
  • Prepare materials for the Finals including short presentation and a one-page flyer about your project.

Score Bonus Points Along the Way

Between the Proposal Showcase and the Finals, 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 early February
  2. Email progress photos of your project in progress to Bedford 2020 by early April
  3. Submit your Final Project Report by early April
  4. Create a Google Slides or Power Point Presentation and submit here* by early April
  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 early April. Practice in front of a class or club is not required, but is strongly suggested!

*When you submit any documents, photos, videos please name them using your team name!


Prepare your final presentation and present to the judges for Finals – Click here for sample 2020 Overview, Due Dates, and Tips for Final Presentation Materials. Check back in for 2021 Finals information. 

  • Finish practicing your presentation and prepare to present in front of the judges in mid-April. Submit your Final Project Report by early April.
  • Submit a one page flyer about your project by mid-April.
  • Present in-person to the judges at the Finals in mid to late April. Location to be determined.
  • Final projects are scored by Greenlight Judges using the scoring criteria found here.
  • The teams with the highest scoring projects in each category (Innovator or Advocate) will be awarded cash prizes and the Greenlight Award. Various awards and certificates are presented to all completed projects.
  • Top prize in each category is $1000. Second place earns $500.

*When you submit any documents, photos, videos please name them using your team name!

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