- Moving the green movement forward
- Age: 16
- School: Mill Creek High School
- Hometown: Dacula, Ga.
- Gender: Male
- Category: Green Innovation
After witnessing litter take over his school campus, then-12-year-old Charles decided to make a difference by starting Greening Forward. Its mission is to "establish, engage, and empower a diverse global movement of people for the protection of the environment powered by young people." He believes his peers are tomorrow's environmental leaders and change-makers -- and the success of the organization is a testament to that.
The 16-year-old has helped make Greening Forward a powerhouse movement, growing from a Dacula, Ga., organization to one that has effected change on a large scale, reaching thousands of youths and hundreds of schools across the United States, Asia and Africa. "We're helping to shape a change in culture about what young people can and cannot do," he said. "With the right support, young people can do anything."