It is essential to walk your talk. I live a normal life, but with an eco-filter.
– Erin Schrode
At the young age of 26, Erin Schrode is doing more than most millennials. Schrode started Teens Turning Green at thirteen years old with her mother, Judi Shils. Through Teens Turning Green (now Turning Green), Schrode is leading the efforts to raise awareness about global sustainability while influencing young adults to make the transition to utilize eco-friendly brands in their everyday lives.
Turning Green gets teens involved through a series of campaigns and projects, such as Project Green Dorm and the #ConsciousCollege Tour campaign. They also promote advocacy of environmental health through campaigning and lobbying for change that will protect the Earth.
Schrode put Turning Green’s teaching into practical use when she became the youngest person to ever run for a US Congressional seat (California’s District 2) in 2016 on the platform of climate change and social justice.
During that campaign cycle, Erin was on air with ABC for the election season and continues to be tapped as an expert for The New York Times, Vanity Fair, CNN, NBC, FOX, Seventeen, Forbes, and other media.
Currently, Schrode is helping the people of Puerto Rico with the #ChefsForPuertoRico campaign. Working with Chef José Andrés, Schrode is the COO of #ChefsForPuertoRico, World Central Kitchen’s disaster relief initiative in response to Hurricane Maria. Since being there, Schrode and her team have been able to prepare and distribute 3.3 million balanced meals across the island of Puerto Rico.