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Project Green Dorm Helps Students Shop

Do you have a teen heading off to college this fall that has been glued to the computer all summer on sites back to school pencils cohdralike Pinterest? Is your teen insisting you have to buy things for their dorm room? Why not put them on a project while they sit and have them enter the Project Green Makeover Contest?

Starting today through September 3rd college students (18 and older) are encouraged to sign up and starting pinning stuff to a dream dorm room board that is entirely eco-friendly.  Each board must have 25-50 items pinned along with a description about what makes them green. The free contest is sponsored by a partnership between the non-profit Teens Turning Green, Whole Foods Market, and eBay Green.

Participants are allowed to work in a team of two if they’d like and would then share the prize if chosen as a winner. Remember: “Sharing is Caring!”

The Pinterest boards will be judged by a panel and three winners will be selected to receive prize packages with gift cards, personal care products (cosmetics are heavily represented but there are plenty of gender-neutral soaps and Men’s Stock Natural Dry Herbal Pine Deodorant by Aubrey Organics), and select food items to help them start their first year or returning year of college on the greenest foot.

The Project Green Dorm website has complete set of lookbooks filled with green products and a two-page Green Checklist for contestants to draw inspiration from or for college students looking for a place to start their shopping.

"Smart individual and collective choices can make a huge difference in protecting our planet for years to come," said Erin Schrode, Teens Turning Green co-founder and New York University senior. "When offered the choice, my generation tends to opt for that which lessens impact on human health and the environment. We want certified organic, 100 percent post-consumer recycled, non-GMO, fair trade, compostable, BPA-free, you name it! With Project Green Dorm, we seek to activate informed, young consumers to flex their green muscles."

Or you can send your college freshmen to school with stuff they already own or has been picked up second-hand. eBay Green sums it up nicely for parents that don’t feel the need to spend, spend, spend: “The greenest product is often the one that already exists."

Please visit the Teens Turning Green website for a complete list of contest rules and details.

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Samina Cabral is a native Southern Californian who now resides on the shores of Lake Erie in Northeast Ohio. Samina and her husband believe that sustainability starts in the home and try to live their lives as simply as possible without compromising comfort.

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1945: Delivered to US Army.

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1950: Acquired by the US Navy on July 1, 1950 and placed in service as USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1954: The movie, Mister Roberts, was made on the USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1963: Reclassified as Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX-308).

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1995: The ship was struck from the Naval Register on April 4.

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