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Apr. 24, 2008
They’ve been slingshot-ted
Over the last few months, the Project Slingshot inbox has been filling with applications. Young folks determined to make more than just a dent in the fight against global warming sent us their words of wisdom. Artists, innovators and outdoor fanatics spilled the beans on how they planned to make an impact.

After much toiling and discussion amongst our illustrious judging panel (Eric Larsen, Denis Hayes, Rocky Anderson, Judith Helfand, Jeremy Jones, Adam Gardner and Billy Parish), we're proud to announce the three lucky and talented winners (and a brief description of their grant-winning projects):



Maya DonelsonGraze the Roof, San Francisco, CA will integrate local organic food production and the efficiency gains of a green roof with an edible green roof at Glide, a San Francisco church and nonprofit located in the Tenderloin District serving low income community. Students from Glide's Training and Employment Services Youth Build Program will construct and maintain the garden. In addition to producing 1,440 lbs. of food in its first year, the rooftop will provide a natural sanctuary and a space to relax, inspire, educate and empower 200 homeless and low-income children between the ages of 5 and 18.



Richard Graves, Fired Up Youth Action TV, Washington, D.C., will produce five minute news segments covering youth issues ranging from education, to politics, to jobs and the economy, to entertainment and culture - all through the lens of the most important challenges facing young people: the impact of global warming and the construction of a cleaner, more just economy and society. With contributors from around the country and traditional and new media distribution, Fired Up Youth Action TV will reach a broad audience of youth with stories they relate to, building the climate movement.



Jesse Hough, Sunnyside Neighborhood Energy Project, Portland, OR, will run a summer "think-and-do tank" institute that will engage students to help advance an innovative, community-owned, thermal district energy system utilizing low carbon energy supplies to provide space heating and cooling and domestic hot water to a mixed residential/commercial neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. In partnership with Portland State University, Midtech Energy and the Cascade Climate Network, the project will identify and tackle obstacles to implementing a sustainable neighborhood energy system.

Maya, Richard and Jesse will each receive $10,000 big ones to propel their ideas into action. Keep an eye out, they'll be sharing their stories.

Congratulations and thanks to everyone who sent us their very thoughtful applications.
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Sustainability
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