It’s that time of year again – school bells are ringing across the States, and students everywhere are getting ready for a brand new year. To encourage you to green your back-to-school routine we’re offering you a chance to win a brand new PUBLIC Bike or a Voltaic solar backpack! We’re looking for smart ideas that will lower your environmental footprint for the coming academic year, and our grand prize winner will receive their choice of a PUBLIC C1 or PUBLIC V1 bike decked out with a rear rack, a metal basket, and a brass bell (worth a total of $574!), and three runners-up will each win a Voltaic Converter solar-powered backpack (worth $129) — perfect for keeping your electronics charged for a full day of classes. The deadline for all submissions is TODAY September 17th at 11:59PM ET – read on to learn how to enter!

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Follow Inhabitat on Pinterest

2. Create a Pinterest board and pin at least 5-10 items (ideally more if you’re feeling inspired) that you’d like to have to create the greenest possible school year. This could be school supplies, dorm room decor – anything you like that lowers your footprint and helps our environment. Pin at least 5 items from Inhabitat, and if you want to win a PUBLIC Bike or a Voltaic Bag, be sure you pin your favorite bike and bag!

3. Submit your Pin board’s URL to Inhabitat by leaving a comment below. Make sure to use your real email address, since that’s how we’ll be contacting our winners!

4. Our judges panel will review all submissions and select our four favorite boards to receive one grand prize (the bike) and 3 runner up prizes (the solar backpacks)

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PUBLIC Bikes

Bikes are hands-down the best way to get around campus – and PUBLIC Bikes‘ colorful cycles strike the perfect balance between function and eye-catching design. PUBLIC’s lightweight steel frame bikes ride like a dream, and they’re durable enough to last a lifetime. Their upright stance lets you comfortably ride without hunching over, and they come complete with handy features like fenders and chain guards, so you’ll show up to class looking neat and proper. Our grand prize winner will receive a PUBLIC C1 or PUBLIC V1 bicycle in their preferred size and color, in addition to a brass bell, a rear rack, and a metal basket – perfect for carrying groceries or books!

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Voltaic

Between classes, studying, and extracurriculars, busy students rarely have time to stop and recharge. Voltaic’s Converter Backpack is roomy enough to store everything you need for a full day on campus – and it’s outfitted with a 3.5 watt solar panel that can keep your smartphone or tablet powered up all day long! One hour in the sun will provide 2 hours of smartphone usage or 1 hour of tablet usage.

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CONTEST RULES:

All entrants must be based in the continental United States to be eligible to win a prize. By entering this contest you agree to receive email correspondence from PUBLIC Bikes.