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The Chipotle Green Your School Makeover

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Congratulations to our Chipotle Green Your School Makeover Competitors at:

Denver Center for International Studies, Denver School of the Arts, North High School, Martin Luther King Jr. Early College, and High Tech Early College !

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced a new program with Denver Public Schools to give visionary high school students an opportunity to make their school more sustainable through the Chipotle Green Your School Makeover. High school student teams will compete to create a makeover plan for how they would “green” their school if given $20,000, and one lucky school will make that plan a reality when it receives the $20,000 prize. Through this program, Chipotle and DPS hope to inspire students to make a positive change toward sustainability at their school, including making their dreams become a reality.

Through the contest, teams of five or more will declare a focus for their makeover plan (food, energy, school supplies, waste management, etc.), and then create a plan, budget and execution strategy for their vision. The students must also incorporate a social media strategy for how they plan to build excitement and garner peer support on campus. Throughout the process, DPS faculty members and community partners will serve as resources to help guide students in the development of their plans.

 Chipotle and DPS will ultimately pick five final contestant teams to present their plans at the Chipotle corporate office in front of a panel of judges. One winning team will be awarded $20,000 to implement its makeover plan.

The submission deadline was Oct. 1, 2012. The application and submission requirements can be found on Facebook or on the DPS Sustainability Page. One team from each school can apply, and the five finalist teams will be notified on Oct. 8, 2012.

The finalists will have until Dec. 6, 2012 to prepare for their presentations. The winner of the Chipotle Green Your School Makeover will be announced on Dec. 7, 2012, and the winning team will receive the $20,000 to begin “greening” its school.

For more information on the Makeover contest, click here to check out an awesome video!!


If you are ready to apply, click here to get a copy of the application


If you have any questions about the Challenge or the Application Process, feel free to contact the DPS Sustainabiilty Office.