The Earth Prize is an environmental sustainability competition open to teenage students everywhere.
Every participant in The Earth Prize will engage with original bespoke materials and get personalized mentorship from university students. They will also have the opportunity to interact with our world-renowned Ambassadors and showcase their solutions to a global audience.
The winning solution will have real-world impact potential, and the winning team will receive $100,000 (from a $200,000 total prize), to be split between their school and the team members.
The Earth Foundation was founded in 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland, to inspire, educate, mentor, and empower students, schools, researchers, and young entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to tackle environmental challenges. Through its initiatives The Earth Foundation strives to build its very own ecosystem.
Channeling youth enthusiasm. Supporting schools. Promoting research. Empowering change-makers. Creating opportunities. Building a network of inspiration. All to create a self-perpetuating ecosystem that accelerates positive change towards environmental sustainability.
Diversity. Commitment. Experience. Passion. Everything you would want in a leadership team.
Rina Kupferschmid-Rojas is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Fidelity Investments and former Global Head of Sustainable Finance at UBS. Whereas her professional focus has been on sustainability and impact investing, her engagement beyond her work is broader and spans the areas of environmental sustainability, education, promoting women, and integrating foreigners. She has launched more than 30 social initiatives, including iamthecode, gastromotiva, Water Scarcity, and Thirst. She was an adjunct Professor at Columbia University on Sustainable and Impact Investing and since 2013 has been one of the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Young Global Leaders.
The Earth Prize Mentors are university students who are passionate about sustainability and entrepreneurship and looking for an opportunity to share their knowledge. Mentors will contribute to the development of students’ innovative project proposals by offering them guidance on their ideas and answering their questions. Each year, the most engaged Mentor, as voted by the The Earth Prize Participants, will be recognized with the Mentor of the Year award and a $12,500 prize.
The Earth Prize Ambassadors are inspiring individuals with a strong passion for environmental sustainability, eager to spread the word about The Earth Foundation initiatives. These Ambassadors will also provide The Earth Prize Finalist teams with advice and guidance ahead of their presentation to the Adjudicating Panel.
Georgia Scarr is a 17 year old IB student, born in London and raised in Chicago. An environmentalist and humanitarian at her core, Georgia is a passionate activist. She works in several environmental organizations, including being co-founder and co-executive director of the non-profit Eco Circle International, and a core team member of non-profit Illinois Youth Climate Movement. She plans to study Environmental Science at university, with hopes to travel the world in a van afterwards, engaging communities through science to make the world more sustainable. In her free time, Georgia enjoys hiking and camping.
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