Erin Schrode is a young ecoRenaissance woman. As the “face of the new green generation,” the co-founder of Teens Turning Green promotes global sustainability, youth leadership, environmental education, and conscious lifestyle choices. After working in disaster response in Haiti, Erin founded and launched The Schoolbag, a youth education project to provide materials for students in need, as well as initiate active citizenry and environmental stewardship.
“The sustainability prodigy” shares her knowledge as an eco expert on television and the radio, in books, newspapers, magazines, websites, podcasts, on The Huffington Post, her own ecoRenaissance blog, and twitter. An “incredible synthesizer and orator,” Erin has been featured in the New York Times, Vanity Fair Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Post, Seventeen Magazine, Teen Vogue, National Geographic; on ABC, NBC, BBC, CNN, FOX, MTV, PBS, Discovery Channel, E!, CurrentTV, Sundance Channel; on The White House website, The Huffington Post, AOL, GOOD, Slate; in books Girls Gone Green, Green Kids, Sage Families, Not Just a Pretty Face, Fast Future; and writes columns for The Huffington Post, Gorgeously Green, elephant journal, ecofabulous, and Eco Age, previously for the Marin Independent Journal and Green Living Online; as well as numerous other publications and media outlets. CNN profiled Erin as a Green Pioneer, naming her one of “six leading lights in the environmental movement. [This] role model for young environmentalists inspires others to follow in her footsteps.”
The White House called Erin “a dynamic, passionate and ambitious young woman committed to creating big change everywhere she goes.” This “juggernaut in the non profit and green world” speaks frequently, consults with corporations on millennials, social consumption, and sustainability, serves on panels, hosts events, shows, conferences, summits, and videos to raise public awareness about environmental and social responsibility for individuals, schools, and communities. “A nationally recognized speaker and leader among next generation social entrepreneurs,” Erin is a brand ambassador for will.i.am's EKOCYCLE, spokesperson for leading organic brand Nature’s Path, has testified as a lead witness before the California congress, helped to launch a line of green skin and body care, the Teens Turning Green Collection with Whole Foods Market nationwide, and, as an “eco-activist-cum-runway-model,” has modeled in New York Fashion Week and collaborated with top designers on eco fashion lines.
"One of the leading young green movers in the country," Erin serves as United States’ delegate to One Young World, has addressed some of the most influential global leaders at The White House Summit on Environmental Education, Mashable / UN Foundation Social Good Summit, World 50, and Sustainable Brands, was honored with the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award for outstanding leadership in community service and commitment to improving the world, elected to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, named a Young Challenger at Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus’ Global Social Business Summit, given the Natural Products Innovator Award, and chosen as a Green My Parents champion. For her ongoing work in Haiti, the “young green-inspired heroine” was awarded the first Sisterhood Support Grant from Euro RSCG. She is a fourth year as a DEANS Scholar at New York University – after terms abroad in the Middle East, West Africa, South America, and Europe – majoring in Social and Cultural Analysis. Having visited over sixty countries, Erin has developed a keen global perspective and hopes to inspire her peers to take action and make the world a more sustainable and just place for future generations.