Project Slingshot Winners Announced!

Millions of people are celebrating and rallying for climate action this Earth Day, but we’re also seeing how dedicated young people are to spending more than just one day working to pass legislation and find community solutions to global warming. Today, Focus the Nation and Clif MOJO are proud to announce three projects that will be examples of that determination to make positive and sustainable change through Project Slingshot

After weeks of deliberation, the Project Slingshot judges have zeroed in on three projects to propel from ideas into action this summer with grants of $10,000 each. With 45 great applications full of ideas on how to spark more youth action on climate change, the judges didn’t have an easy job, but the winners stood out for their commitment to innovation and to broadening this movement in tangible ways. The lucky three are:

Maya Donelson, Graze 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 diverse San Francisco church and nonprofit located in the Tenderloin District serving low income and marginalized people. Students from Glide’s Training and Employment Services Youth Build Program will construct and maintain the garden.

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. [Full Disclosure: Richard is a contributing editor for It's Getting Hot in Here]

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

These projects will serve as replicable models for all of us to become more involved and Maya, Richard and Jesse will be sure to keep getting the word out about how their projects are going.

2 Responses to “Project Slingshot Winners Announced!”


  1. 1 jessejenkins Apr 22nd, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Thanks to Focus the Nation and ClifBar/Mojo for setting up the Project Slingshot grants and funding these innovative and creative projects! Clif stepped up where few have, to invest in the innovative, grassroots, community-scale solutions that are all over there place if you start looking. Supporting social entrepreneurs, grassroots activists and change agents is quite possible the biggest bang for your buck a donor (whether individual or company) can do to help advance a sustainable, just, and prosperous future. Congrats to the winners! Can’t wait to see the projects take shape.

  1. 1 sustainable food news Trackback on Apr 24th, 2008 at 5:18 am
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About Minna


Back in her beloved Portland, OR after four inspiring years at Middlebury College in VT, Minna is now a national organizer for Focus the Nation, a teach-in and political round-table on global warming solutions that will engage faculty, students and decision-makers at 1000 institutions across the country on January 31st, 2008.

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