Bedford 2020 5th Annual Greenlight Awards

. . .Challenging Students to use Leadership and Innovation to Catalyze Environmental Change. . .

In this high school student competition, Greenlight Award contestants work with community experts to propose advocacy and innovation projects that cause behavior change and benefit our community. In December, 43 Teams from 10 high schools entered Round One of this year's competition with proposals to make a difference. Then, 15 finalist teams received seed funding to carry out their projects while incorporating feedback from evaluators and modifying their plans, and implementing goals and pivoting to new goals or strategies, needed.

Even in the face of a global pandemic, all 15 teams put together impressive presentations and expertly fielded questions from 14 judges at the Bedford 2020 5th annual Greenlight Award Finals, which took place on Sunday, April 19th via two Zoom videoconference sessions that ran simultaneously for over three hours each. Knowing that solutions come in many forms, employing student strengths, skills, talents and interests, the projects were on one of two tracks - Advocacy or Innovation.

This year, a remarkable 8 of the 15 finalist teams were from Greeley (and students in the Science Research Program) with 4 teams claiming the top two spots in each category! Congratulations to all.

Click on the project titles below to view the student presentations

Innovation Category

  • Flue Energy Harvesting: Anika Puri - Greenlight Award Winner
    • Anika created a device to increase the efficiency of water heaters for homeowners. By using heat from an oil furnace flue to warm the water that enters the boiler through heat transfer, it reduces the amount of energy waste and air pollution from a traditional oil furnace flue.
  • Food Wastage App: Arnov Roy - 2nd Place
    • Arnov designed an app to address the issue of food waste and its environmental impact. The app builds consciousness and awareness around the cost of the amount and cost of food being wasted in a household.
  • PV Charging Stations: Mason Balber - Certificate of Recognition for Potential High-Impact Idea

Advocacy Category

  • True Bamboo: Zoe Gellert – Greenlight Award Winner
    • Zoe brought back a composting system to two Chappaqua schools. She launched a campaign to educate students about how to compost and use alternative and compostable materials, like bamboo utensils, to build a more sustainable environment.
  • Roll to Reuse: Sophia Jacobson and Gabi Strauss - 2nd Place
    • They created lesson plans and held workshops and demo days to inspire and educate teachers and students at Douglas Grafflin Elementary School about how to reuse non- recyclable toilet paper and paper towel rolls. They have plans to extend their programming to two other schools.
  • Forks for our Future: James Kissane, Nadia Nabeel and Linda Sun - Certificate of Recognition for Creative Tool For Behavior Change
  • Solar Greenhouse: Alex Baek, Spencer Katz, Jay Kim, Mack La Rosa and Jason Singer - Certificate of Recognition for Potential Long-Term Impact
  • Stop Your Engines!: Colette Baek and Tess Friedman - Certificate of Recognition for Excellent Marketing Materials
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Bedford 2020 is a non-profit organization leading a community-wide effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Town of Bedford, NY. The Greenlight Award is a project of Bedford 2020 that engages students countywide in environmental innovation and leadership. More information is available at