TPP Grant Recipient

Charles Orgbon III

Charles Orgbon III’s journey as an environmentalist began in 2008; he was only 12-years-old. Charles noticed his school’s littered campus, and wanted to organize an effort to resolve the problem. He later developed Greening Forward, which would become a leading organization in the United States devoted to training and funding environmental leaders, ages 5-25. Greening Forward has distributed over tens of thousands of dollars in funding to youth environmental projects that plant trees, build compost bins, install rain barrels, monitor streams, recycle tons of waste, and advocate for a number of other environmental issues. In addition, Charles completed an Arctic Science Expedition that has helped informed his role as an informal environmental educator, has integrated his award-winning blueprint for youth environmental leadership into Chilean school systems, and consults numerous governmental and international agencies on their youth strategy around environmental issues. To date, Charles’s work is validated by over 31 local, national, and international awards, six book mentions, and over 100 speaking engagements since 2010. Charles was a Presidential Leadership Scholar at the University of Georgia where he obtained an undergraduate degree in environmental economics and management and a certificate in global education and leadership in 2017. Starting winter 2018, he will become a business consultant for Deloitte in San Francisco, California.