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IMPORTANT TIP! Giving us a lead to an organization that posts an EcoChallenge earns you 1% of the EcoBounty (when the challenge is solved and it's paid out). So for an EcoBounty worth $50K, you get $500 just for sending an email or making a call to EcoApprentice. Questions? email:

How to repurpose 60,000 tons of urban wood in Portland? This challenge has a "bounty" of $27,000 for a solution! Got an idea?

Our "beta" run was a success! Building out v3.0 with lots of cool additions + our revenue model. Stay tuned for the launch of v3.0 spring of 2013. Please visit us on Twitter and Facebook for more...

Great to have the Portland Airport post an EcoChallenge --- may other airports follow ~ On the blog, 3/9/12

Enjoyed my interview with TerraCycle! Very cool company. . .

Kudos to the Portland State University MBA team for doing an excellent job! They turned Grand Cru's Sustainable Certification EcoChallenge into an EcoSolution!

We are out of the engine room and ready to head into the open ocean! As with any new endeavor, there are a few adjustments and bugs to work out --- but we are ready to post your EcoChallenges! After all this time in development, it feels great to be setting sail!

The journey is the reward.

If you'd like to post an EcoChallenge or a comment, become a member today. It's free!

Search EcoCategories by clicking on icons:

  • Buy_green_68x68_blue Buy Green - Seek out organic foods or products made with non-toxic ingredients.
  • Carbon_offsets_68x68_blue Carbon Offsets - Any action to reduce (or offset) greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Green_shipping_68x68_blue Green Shipping - Use reusable/recycled packaging. Use a green shipping company or method.
  • Light_less_68x68_blue Light Less - Choose energy efficient light bulbs and machinery. Redesign to let in natural light to consume less electricity.
  • Recycle_68x68_blue Recycle - Convert used materials into new products. Figure out what you can recycle and where.
  • Reduce_waste_68x68_blue Reduce Waste - Anticipate a way to prevent waste before it happens.
  • Reuse_68x68_blue Reuse - Lengthen the life of a product or material before it is recycled or disposed.
  • Think_local_68x68_blue Think Local - Buy locally and support prosperity in your community.

What are the Eco Icons? For any EcoChallenge, choose one or more icons that best reflects the category of sustainability that is helped by an EcoSolution. If an EcoSolution results in a new way to recycle something, choose the Recycle Icon; if an EcoSolution results in less waste production, choose the Reduce Waste Icon. A new water conservation method may represent multiple icons. You decide! If your EcoChallenge does not fall under any of the Icons, please let us know so we can create a new one! Scroll over each Eco Icon for a definition.