It Pays to Dream…

GE_winner_102x68.jpgOver the past few months nearly 2,500 people and teams submitted entries to a contest National Geographic helped sponsor. The idea was for people to dream of ways to green their neighborhoods and communities. Based on the number of submissions received, the so-called Green Effect–taking small steps that together create big change–is in full force.

Five winners were awarded $20,000 each to pursue their plans for a tree planting, building a high school greenhouse and environmental education program, supplying a school with re-usable classroom party kits, a community recycling program that uses tricycles, and greening a low-income city block.

Read more about these ideas and find inspiration for your own.

–Tasha Eichenseher

Human Journey

Tasha Eichenseher is the Environment Producer and Editor for National Geographic Digital Media. She has covered water issues for a wide range of media outlets, including E/The Environment Magazine, Environmental Science & Technology online news, Greenwire, Green Guide, and National Geographic News.