, HP Challenge Teens to 'Green' Their Schools

I heard there was some green initiative announced at kickoff (but I’m having trouble finding information about it on FIRST website). This might be a great addition to those efforts., HP Challenge Teens to ‘Green’ Their Schools and Hewlett-Packard have announced an initiative designed to challenge teens to find new and innovative ways of conserving energy while reducing waste in their schools.

More than a hundred thousand teens are expected to participate in the Increase Your Green campaign, which will run from February 15 through Earth Day on April 22. In addition to traditional “green” projects such as recycling programs and community gardens, teens will be encouraged to explore ways of using technology to save energy.

A panel of judges, including actor and campaign spokesman Nick Cannon, will evaluate the entries based on creativity, innovation, reduction in waste, energy saved, and number of students involved. Each winner will receive up to $5,000 in funding and an HP Artist Edition laptop computer. In addition, the National Grid Foundation will award $1,500 prizes to select students in their service area.

“HP is committed to reducing our impact on the environment and we believe that everyone, no matter how old, can make a difference with the help of available technology,” said Tracey Trachta, HP’s director of strategic marketing initiatives. “We hope that through this campaign, we can help raise awareness, motivate students to take action, and inspire the next generation of environmentally responsible citizens.”