LAST CHANCE: Win a PUBLIC Bike (Worth $574) or a Solar Power Backpack in Inhabitat’s Back to School Contest!

by , 09/17/14

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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!


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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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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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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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.

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  1. Dawn Procek September 8, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I have been in the market for a bike. They’re all really pricey and don’t really fit into my “back to college for me and single mom of senior/college student lifestyle”. I would totally worship the ground you walk on if I won! I hope you enjoy my board.

  2. Lurelia Freeman September 8, 2014 at 3:00 am

    I so could use a new bike and bag to get back and forth to work and school

  3. Gabgabgab8 September 7, 2014 at 11:40 pm
    Thanks for this amazing opportunity!

  4. Janice Wei September 7, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    founds lots of new ideas :)
    m8usi at yahoo dot com

  5. lucca rossi September 7, 2014 at 8:49 pm
  6. dulce_suvipo September 7, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    This is such an informative and fun contest. I enjoyed it!!!

  7. rhondasean September 7, 2014 at 4:25 pm
  8. msclarat September 7, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I am green all day, err day (and not just because I want to win (and need) this beautifully made bike!)

  9. estxcami September 6, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Here are the beginnings of my board! What a fabulous contest! I am really enjoying exploring the Inhabitat pinterest boards!

  10. sandcoleman September 6, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    So many great items.. Also saw I few projects I will be trying with my kids. My board

  11. kimchandler123 September 6, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Here\’s to more green ideas in the classroom! My board is here:

  12. charr yui September 6, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Thanks for the opportunity! Here my board

  13. Shannon Russ September 6, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Thank you so much for the opportunity!

    – Shannon Russ

  14. Saduleo September 6, 2014 at 8:18 am

    This is my Pinterest board. Thank you INHABITAT for this great opportunity .
    Hope you like my board and hear from you soon:

  15. Anna Evans September 6, 2014 at 1:16 am
  16. tangassi September 5, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Go Green! Thank you, I love to commute by bike! Much better than being stuck in a car!

  17. Susan Highland September 5, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Thanks! It was fun exploring all 3 websites and pinterest pages!

  18. mgunter September 5, 2014 at 11:52 am
  19. jhuey692 September 4, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    I had so much fun doing this, brought me back to what is truly important

  20. Claire Marston September 4, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    So glad you guys are doing this contest, thank you!

  21. ecoindisguise September 4, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    So glad you guys are doing this contest, thank you!

  22. Kris Ares September 4, 2014 at 10:13 pm
    Check out my board, and I keep adding as I find things. I have a husband in college and a 6 almost 7 year old first grader. Both of whom take public transport to school! Thanks for this opportunity. Blessings and good luck on all who have entered.

  23. jeevon September 4, 2014 at 7:41 pm
  24. Jacque Manganiello September 4, 2014 at 12:34 pm
  25. Ethar September 4, 2014 at 4:21 am
  26. susan campbell September 3, 2014 at 11:43 pm
  27. Danica Vildoso September 3, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    This is going to be an amazing and Eco-loving year!

  28. Kelsey S September 3, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    What a cool idea for a contest. Here’s my board:

  29. claire September 3, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    great contest, here’s my board

  30. Suzanne Brown September 3, 2014 at 4:31 pm
  31. Rebecca Bridge September 3, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    So much fun! When does this contest end?

  32. PureStyler September 3, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Loving my new Bike dreams board:

  33. chazmatz September 3, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    It’s going to be a great year of green living for me.

  34. nwelch135 September 3, 2014 at 1:41 pm
    Keep up the great work at spreading the awareness for a more ecofriendly lifestyle!

  35. Leon Dodig September 3, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I have added some of my own ideas :) Hope you don’t mind C:

    I hope I win that Back-Pack, because I go for walks in the woods and I could charge my electronics that way and save some of my dad’s electricity bills xD

  36. Leon Dodig September 3, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I have added some of my own ideas :) Hope you don\\\’t mine C:

    I hope I win that Back-Pack, because I go for walks in the woods and I could charge my electronics that way and save some of my dad\\\’s electricity bills xD

  37. Line Vincent September 3, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Is this good for Canadians too?

  38. ericfernandez September 3, 2014 at 11:42 am
  39. mattgennaro September 3, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Awesome contest for a great cause!

    Here is my greener school year pin-board:

    You can contact me as a winner at:

  40. Momo Momo September 3, 2014 at 10:40 am
  41. traymona September 3, 2014 at 10:10 am
  42. Kasey Williams September 2, 2014 at 2:09 am
  43. Cameron Bilger September 1, 2014 at 12:55 pm
  44. jeannied September 1, 2014 at 12:27 pm
  45. Gaz Matik August 31, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    It sucks that this is us only. As a foreign student studying in Cuba this would come in so handy.

    Good luck to all those eligible though.

  46. linavulgaris August 31, 2014 at 8:44 am
  47. clre0501 August 31, 2014 at 4:26 am

    So many great ideas! I bike 10 miles to work everyday and my poor bike has seen better days. This would be a perfect opportunity to get a new bike!
    Happy Pinning!

  48. Marilyn Blau August 31, 2014 at 2:19 am

    I love this bicycle I just went away for vacation and went bike riding for the first time in many many years it was great and I would love the bike

  49. Mary Vantil August 30, 2014 at 8:36 pm
  50. Lisa Laabs August 30, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I would love to win!

  51. @busyVAmommy August 30, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I think I got a little carried away. I found so many great things to pin on my board!

  52. solarmanjd August 30, 2014 at 8:42 am


  53. August 30, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Here’s my board:

    Thanks for a fun contest!

  54. Phoenixrulz81 August 30, 2014 at 3:48 am

    Love the ideas on your Pinterest page, I\’ll check out more later.

  55. ameliawb August 29, 2014 at 10:28 pm
  56. Naomi Shapiro August 29, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Bike commuting is a good way to start the year!

  57. Kyra Mairead Gorski August 29, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    I could really use a bike as I have MS and can not drive a car, would be a great way to get around town!

  58. aksaak August 29, 2014 at 5:12 pm
  59. munchingmango August 29, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Super excited about this contest, here’s my board:

  60. August 29, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    The bathroom uses the most household water, the toilet being the main culprit. In order to make a change affecting household water useage and be a green household, fill a plastic milk bottle and place in the toilet tank, each flush will then displace less water with each flush.

  61. kbusick August 29, 2014 at 3:02 pm
  62. meleakua August 29, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    here’s my fun little work-in-progress! :) thanks for the inspiration!

  63. baystray August 29, 2014 at 2:22 pm
  64. sweephappy August 29, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Here’s my board! Would be amazed to win this awesome bike!

  65. littlehouse August 29, 2014 at 1:27 pm
  66. cherecoen August 29, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Fun contest, will keep pinning. Here’s my board:

  67. teacake August 29, 2014 at 12:46 pm
  68. dblom August 29, 2014 at 12:41 pm
  69. Jenni_Froedrick August 29, 2014 at 12:27 pm
  70. debscatena August 29, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I am in love with solar charged backpacks, plus I would to win any of them.

  71. Jann Bell August 29, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Can\\\’t wait to get started with my board. Thanks for the opportunity to win these fantastic prizes.

  72. Jill Penuel August 29, 2014 at 11:16 am

    So excited for fall! Here’s my board.

  73. August 29, 2014 at 10:15 am

    the blue bike or grey looks amazing

  74. deanj August 29, 2014 at 10:13 am
  75. Arum Cho August 29, 2014 at 1:36 am

    This is a great idea to encourage people to think about greener life style!

  76. Pam Hoffman August 29, 2014 at 1:07 am
  77. Kristine Genovese August 28, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Definitely want that orange bike!!

  78. travelingwest August 28, 2014 at 5:37 pm
  79. lms August 28, 2014 at 4:53 pm
  80. saragr August 28, 2014 at 2:47 pm
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