A few months ago, I wrote a post about The Green Effect contest -- a joint promotion from Frito Lay's Sun Chips and National Geographic -- in which folks across the country could win $20,000 to green their communities.  The contest winners were announced a few days ago, and the projects are so inspirational, I just had to share them here. 

Grand Prize: “Give Plants a Chance” by Hingham High School of Hingham, Mass., which plans to create a campus greenhouse to help educate students on how to live a completely sustainable life.  

The other four winners include:

  1. “Canal Tricycle Recycling Co-operative” by Canal Youth Concilio of San Rafael, Calif.: will add a fleet of industrial tricycles to its 4-month-old community recycling cooperative, helping Canal residents keep their neighborhood trash-free and green.
  2. “Extreme Green Neighborhood Makeover” by CarbonfreeDC of Washington, D.C., will help 20 low-income families from a city block green their homes and save on their energy bills.
  3. “Green Classroom Party Kids” by Julian Elementary School of Julian, Calif., plans to curb waste created by the usage of disposable dishware for class celebrations by creating green classroom party kits of reusable dishware for public schools in San Diego County.
  4. “Re-tree Colorado” by Tristan Frolich of Steamboat Springs, Colo., plans to organize a tree-planting day to plant 20,000 lodgepole saplings around the resort town to replace those killed by the mountain bark beetle.
In addition to the award, the winners and their earth-friendly ideas will be profiled in National Geographic magazine and will travel to Washington, D.C., to share their projects with environmental leaders. The judging panel, which helped choose the four winners, was comprised of actor Edward Norton, National Geographic’s Boyd Matson, eco-activist Jayni Chase, CEO of Green for All Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins and Dave Haft, group vice president, Sustainability and Productivity, Frito-Lay North America.

Photo: City of West Hollywood

Green effect inspires real green change
From extreme green neighborhood makeovers to campus greenhouses to a community tree-planting day -- winners inspire green change nationwide.