by Susan DeFreitas
Inspired, perhaps, by the example of five high school students from Iowa, HP and teen not-for-profit hosted the “Green Your School Challenge” this year, which encouraged teens to use technology to generate awareness and have a positive eco-impact.

During the 10-week campa ign, which ended on Earth Day, youth from more than 2,500 schools led eco-friendly projects–among them, Millburn Sr. High School (of Millburn, New Jersy), whose students raised awareness about air pollution by calculating the amount of pollution that idling cars in the school carpool line were emitting, and Chapel Hill High School (of Chapel Hill, North Carolina), whose students used Facebook to ignite discussions around climate change.

Students also hosted Earth Week events such as “Recycling Spies Day,” which rewarded students who were seen recycling, and constructed a 12-foot by 12-foot cube representing the amount of carbon dioxide saved by recycling a week’s worth of newspapers.

Students from Chapel Hill High School, Durand Middle School in Michigan, the University of Central Florida, and City Academy in Utah emerged as the overall winners and as such, will receive $1,000 grants for their programs, as well as HP Pavilion dm1 notebooks to help carry out their plans.

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