PGC 2015 Ambassadors



Freshman, University of California, Davis

Alice is a first-year student interested in majoring in Sustainable Environmental Design, Geology, and/or International Agricultural Development. She began her journey with Turning Green as a 2013 Project Green Challenge finalist and is thrilled to serve as a student ambassador to this year’s brilliant group of finalists. Alice has interned with Turning Green for the past two summers and is currently a member of the TG Student Advisory Board. In her spare time, Alice rows for the UC Davis rowing team and loves to spend time outdoors, especially by hiking.


Junior, The George Washington University

Charles is a student in Washington, DC, where he studies Music and Environmental Studies. Last year he was a 2014 PGC Finalist and is the president of Green GW, a TG Chapter. Charles’s passions include waste reduction and vegetarianism/veganism. He also loves 20th-century classical music and plays the trombone and piano. He is currently living a Zero Waste lifestyle, and he hopes to continue to spread a love for sustainability to people all over the world.


Senior , Sir Francis Drake High School

Cheyenne is a part of a two-year environmental based program called SEA DISC at her school in San Francisco, CA. Through SEA DISC Cheyenne was able to connect with Turning Green as her senior internship. She is extremely excited for what Turning Green has to offer, and can’t wait to add to the impact they have in surrounding communities and across the nation. Next year Cheyenne plans to attend college in the Pacific North West and study Environmental Sciences. 


Senior , A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts

Hope is a student in the music program at her high school, and will be declaring her major as Fisheries and Wildlife Biology when she begins college in Fall 2016. She attended the Project Green Challenge Finals last year as a PGC 2014 Finalist, and has volunteered some of her time to Turning Green since. PGC 2014 opened Hope’s eyes to all of the issues with today’s society that contributes to the degradation of the environment and human lives. She is passionate about educating others about living sustainable lives and she is on the path to a zero waste lifestyle.


Freshman , Claremont McKenna College

Jenny is a first year student and intends to major in Environment, Economics and Politics. When it comes to sustainability, Jenny is most passionate about waste reduction and striving for a zero waste lifestyle. She first became involved with Turning Green during the summer after her freshman year in high school, when she was a TG Summer Intern, and has stayed with TG since. In addition, she participated in last year’s Project Green Challenge and became a PGC 2014 finalist.


Junior, The Ohio State University

Megan is working towards a degree in Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability with a specialization in Policy Analysis. Megan joined Turning Green’s Student Advisory Board after completing the 3rd annual Project Green Challenge in 2013, where she won runner-up. She has interned for Turning Green for the past two summers and has held a variety of responsibilities with the organization. She is most passionate about the industrial hemp movement, and hopes to use her degree to help re-legalize industrial hemp in America. Megan founded and is now president of the first official Turning Green Chapter at The Ohio State University.


Senior , The Ohio State University

Becca will be graduating in December 2015 with a degree in Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability and a specialization in Sustainability in Business. She was introduced to the Turning Green team during the Conscious College Road Tour stop at Ohio State, and decided to become a TG Summer Intern the following year. Becca became interested in sustainability after learning about the problems associated with our conventional food system. She enjoys learning, living and preaching an all-around sustainable lifestyle; and strives to live with respect for the planet and all those inhabiting it in mind.


Senior, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Chelsea is working toward a Graphic Design and Art Education degree. She grew up in the beautiful town of Skaneateles, New York, an area where she could do everything that she loves, which for her is playing sports, horseback riding, skiing, crafts, designing, antique shopping, gardening, hiking and camping, biking and road trips! She quickly discovered that while she is flexible enough in where she lives, she prefers areas where she can appreciate the outdoors. With that in mind, she found herself at Edinboro University, pursuing her appreciation of the arts and the outdoors.

“There are different ways to make an impact on the world around us. I find that helping visualize other’s ideas and aspirations is one way to make a difference. Working with Turning Green as a web designer has been a wonderful opportunity for me to make a difference through design, promoting a conscious and sustainable lifestyle…a lifestyle people should adopt.”


Junior, Tamiscal High School

Brady Merkl is a junior at Tamiscal High School. He is a part of the Team Program, an experiential learning program which includes outdoor education, wilderness medicine, leadership training, volunteering and an internship. Brady became involved with Turning Green as part of his volunteer commitment through the Team Program. Outside of school Brady loves the outdoors and is currently training for a half marathon. He believes that preserving the environment is the greatest gift we can give to future generations.


Junior, Skidmore College

Madeleine is a student in Saratoga Springs, NY where she majors in Visual Art with concentrations in Communication Design and Printmaking. Growing up amidst her parents’ large garden in rural Hardwick, Massachusetts spurred Maddie’s passion for cooking and agriculture. After being named Project Green Challenge 2013 Champion, Madeleine began to develop a voice for change within her local and global communities. As a freshman, she founded SkidEats, a student-led organization dedicated to sustainable campus food policy and food celebration. An avid traveler, food photographer, and educator Madeleine has WWOOFed in Portugal and facilitated youth workshops on the “Art of Food Justice” at Northeast Organic Farming Association conferences. By fusing her passion for art and the sustainable food movement, Madeleine hopes to put the culture back in agriculture while working towards a career in social innovation and collaborative design.


Senior, Colegio Rochester, Bogata

Ana María Zabala is a student at the Rochester School, where she is a high school senior in Bogotá, Colombia. She’s passionate about defending the people’s right to a healthy and thriving planet, especially through sustainable agriculture. She thinks part of what keeps this world afloat is its cultural, biological and food diversity, and she knows it will only be preserved through social justice and equity. She hopes to get a scholarship opportunity to major in Human Ecology at College of the Atlantic in Maine, and work towards the empowerment of farmers in Colombia by expanding and promoting sustainable agriculture and defending seed freedom and sovereignty. She believes we should all practice forgiveness and kindness in order to change the world.