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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. Kate Finn September 18, 2014 at 12:31 am
  2. Lynn Morgan September 17, 2014 at 11:54 pm
  3. Kalyani September 17, 2014 at 11:36 pm
  4. Anthony Howard September 17, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity! It would be awesome to win a new bike to ride on campus. http://www.pinterest.com/ant8191/back-to-school-gone-green/

  5. sam917 September 17, 2014 at 10:20 pm


    Lets all live a Greener life. Thank you for the contest!

  6. mommypiggee September 17, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Love this contest! Thanks so much for the chance! http://www.pinterest.com/mommypiggee/green-back-to-school/

  7. charlottethegreenbean September 17, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    This is an awesome contest to help raise awareness-great job, Inhabitat! Keep up the good work!



  8. babygirl12032097 September 17, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    This is a pretty awesome contest!

  9. jchina September 17, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Hello – please check out my back to school pinterest page. My email address is juliekchina@gmail.com.



  10. greenmom September 17, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    I\’d love to bike to school with my kids! http://www.pinterest.com/sarahchampeau/green-school-year/

  11. imurphy September 17, 2014 at 2:40 pm
  12. Jacque Manganiello September 17, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I love biking to class everyday but, it would be soo much better biking to class on a NEW bike! Whoever wins the bike is going to LOVE it!!

    Thanks for everything you do, Inhabitat!


    My email is jacquelinexxmarie@yahoo.com :)

  13. KelliDeeds September 17, 2014 at 12:27 pm


    What a wonderful contest!!!!

  14. theplatypusandtheaardvark September 17, 2014 at 5:40 am
  15. Barb Hanson September 17, 2014 at 1:31 am
  16. rachavz September 16, 2014 at 9:42 pm
  17. kt_aileen September 16, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I love this contest (so many great ideas for a green year) and love the PUBLIC C1 bike even more! It’s so charming! My pinterest board, which I’ve just created, can be found at http://www.pinterest.com/kt_aileen/green-things .

  18. Aida Virginie Lashinsky September 16, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I am really hoping that I get a bike-I don’t have my own and I have to borrow my mom’s old bike to get everywhere and all over town all the time. The chain frequently falls off it and even though I could drive I don’t want to. Bikes are eco-friendly and I feel that they are safer and healthier for everyone. My mom’s bike also has a big broken hamburger-shaped bell on it and I am vegan… yeah I would love my own bike… But either way, inhabitat is awesome!


  19. cejys September 16, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    lets make everything greener.

  20. sarahrae55 September 16, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Fun contest and I found some great green ideas:


  21. Kharv September 16, 2014 at 8:42 am
  22. Rick Fortin September 16, 2014 at 7:59 am

    So many things that i would like to buy…

  23. Sherri Ann Black September 16, 2014 at 6:42 am
  24. Robert Maya September 16, 2014 at 3:54 am
  25. Marion Choa September 16, 2014 at 3:43 am

    I hope you enjoy my board as much as I enjoyed creating it!



  26. cmarquez482 September 16, 2014 at 2:03 am

    thanks so much for this amazing giveaway! http://www.pinterest.com/cmarquez482/back-to-school-dorm/

  27. anu123 September 16, 2014 at 1:48 am
  28. travisrobinsonj September 15, 2014 at 11:25 pm


    Would be great for a Sustainability major! Much Appreciation to inhabitat for such an motivational contest. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/66639269462009966/

  29. Amanda Bradley September 15, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    I really enjoyed doing this contest!!

  30. PlantBasedGnome September 15, 2014 at 9:56 pm
  31. readtolive September 15, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Inhabitat is full of great thoughts!

    http://www.pinterest.com/readtwolive/greenlife/ (A bit of my green life.)

  32. Lacey Woodruff September 15, 2014 at 7:01 pm
  33. Laniek71 September 15, 2014 at 6:07 pm
  34. wrlibrary September 15, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    This contest is a great way to spread the word! My entry: http://www.pinterest.com/mkn35/inhabitats-back-to-school-contest/

    wrlibrary35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  35. mariamb September 15, 2014 at 5:35 pm
  36. TNK 1990 September 15, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I love the bikes, and the solar backpack is great here is my link for my eco-friendly pins

  37. Kimberly Kelly-Sydow September 15, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Here is my Pinterest Inhabit Back To School Link: http://www.pinterest.com/phantom000/inhabitat-back-to-school-giveaway/

    Love the Public Bikes & Voltaic Solar Backpacks

  38. Amy C. September 15, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Thanks, Inhabitat staff, for all the cool back-to-school tips and product picks!

  39. catmccullum September 15, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity to win some great things for the classroom and beyond.

  40. Jacque Manganiello September 15, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Two more days!! I cant wait!!

  41. BrlGit Ta September 15, 2014 at 2:33 pm
  42. Crystal Gothe September 15, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Thank you for the chanceto win…here is a link to my eco friendly school year board http://www.pinterest.com/crystalgothe/eco-friendly-school-year/

  43. amandachristine September 15, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Thanks for the great giveaway! I’m going to start commuting on a bike soon and have been drooling over the ones public makes. Hope you like my board: http://www.pinterest.com/AChristine98/inhabitat-back-to-school-board/

  44. pammie1216 September 14, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    I had so much fun making my Clean and Green board! http://www.pinterest.com/pammie1216/clean-and-green/

  45. RebeccaBorup September 14, 2014 at 7:08 pm


    Love love love public bikes. ❤️❤️❤️

  46. Rebecca Bridge September 14, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    This was so much fun! Thank you so much for offering us all the chance to reflect on our environmental footprint and how we can make small changes with lasting impact this school year! http://www.pinterest.com/rebeccabridge1/this-will-be-my-greenest-school-year-ever/

  47. Zoe Waldron September 14, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    I try to live green as much as possible in my everyday life. I currently drive a Prius and I’d love to be able to bike to work every day. Thanks!


  48. alfadjrrr September 14, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    I’m a college student, an English teacher-to-be, and a part-time illustrator. I live in a city in which riding bike and traveling on public transportation are done only by the minority while most of the people travel on motorcycles and cars. I love bikes, I love riding them. I want to inspire people and make them see that a bike could also get them to places, that riding bike is fun and could be even more fun than riding motorcycle or car. I used to commute to campus and almost everywhere by bike but now it’s hard to do that since I have to share my bike with my sister.

    This is my board, http://www.pinterest.com/alfadjrrr/lets-go-back-to-school-lets-go-green-~/
    Those items you pinned are awesome. They are brilliant.

    Thankyou for the chance (y)

  49. megancrose September 13, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Our household has students of a wide age range – from elementary-aged to a husband beginning his journey toward his phd. LOVE this giveaway and we all have toes, fingers, and eyes crossed (that gorgeous Public bike would come in especially handy, as we ditch the cars and move closer to campus). Thanks for the chancne! http://www.pinterest.com/megan_crose/inhabitat-green-back-to-school/

  50. monab80 September 13, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Im not a student, but I commute by bicycle every day to work and design spaces with sustainable materials. http://www.pinterest.com/burnsramona/

  51. CMorrissey September 13, 2014 at 11:53 am
  52. scandonave September 13, 2014 at 2:00 am
  53. Sevena September 12, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Thank you for not just offering such a great contest but getting people to become more aware of how to become more green just through pinning.http://www.pinterest.com/sevena04/inhabitats-back-to-school-giveaway/

  54. jennifer904 September 11, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Thank you for considering me. I just transferred from Santa Monica College into UCLA, and I’ve decided to not use my car and commute instead to campus. I hope you will consider me :)


  55. brnyc September 11, 2014 at 1:10 pm
  56. elyse_004 September 10, 2014 at 10:34 pm
  57. mjcorn September 10, 2014 at 9:38 pm
  58. Jacque Manganiello September 10, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Thank you so much for this opportunity! I love what you do for our planet!


  59. brobert7 September 10, 2014 at 8:44 am
  60. jsides September 9, 2014 at 3:28 pm
  61. Jillmarieee September 9, 2014 at 1:10 pm
  62. dmorelli89 dmorelli89 September 9, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I’ve been wanting a bike for sooo long since my childhood bike is too small for me now. If I win this PUBLIC bike I won’t look like a clown anymore on my tiny bike! Fingers crossed! :)


  63. arodriguez1226 September 9, 2014 at 11:52 am
  64. s.zaferzirhli@gmail.com September 9, 2014 at 4:18 am
  65. dasha dasha September 8, 2014 at 7:27 pm
  66. Adrien Beatty September 8, 2014 at 6:40 pm
  67. lola smith September 8, 2014 at 5:40 pm
  68. MamawDebbie September 8, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    http://www.pinterest.com/mamawdebbie9/greenest-possible-school-year/ love to use some of these eco friendly ideas.

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