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Riley Hoffer | Cabot Teen promotes green message

By Eliza Gano

This article was published January 31, 2010 at 2:22 a.m.

— Riley Hoffer had plenty to celebrate for her 13th birthday.

One month after becoming a teenager in October, the seventh-grader from Cabot was one of five youth given a U.S. Green Building Council Youth Leadership Award for 2009. She was also named November Teen of the Month by Pottery Barn Teen.

Hoffer was recognized for her work through CG Kidz, a nonprofit she founded when she was 11.Through the business’ Web site,, she is an eco entrepreneur reaching an audience she can easily relate to - other kids.

“Kids listen to other kids, and that’s one of the reasons why I did this,” she said.

She became Earth conscious when her parents, Danelle and Joe Hoffer, started Cynergreen, a company focused on manufacturing and supplying products with a low impact on the planet.Through Cynergreen, their daughter learned how plastic bottles don’t get recycled and how they are made from oil.

“Plastic is really harmful to your body with all the BPA and oil, so I needed to get that out there,” the teen said. “As

kids, we really need to do something

about our future so we don’t end up liv

ing in a landfill.” With her parents’ help, Hoffer started

her Web site, which she manages, blogs

on and uses to share tips on the three

R’s: Recycle, Reduce and Reuse.

As an ambassador for CG Kidz, Hof

fer has taken her message to schools

throughout the country, holding interac

tive assemblies, where she talks about

recycling, why plastic bottles shouldn’t be

used and about just being positive.

Hoffer also designed an eco-friendly

stainless-steel water bottle named Ri

ley. She also serves as the face of the

Arkansas Earth Day Kids Foundation

for 2010.

In April, she’ll head to the John F. Ken

nedy Center for the Performing Arts in

Washington, D.C., for a Youth Speaks

event to represent kids across the coun

try and share her environmental mes

sage. She and her class are also planning

a Party with a Purpose to coincide with

Arkansas Earth Day.

Hoffer would like to do more in 2010

- have more interaction with the U.S.

Green Building Council, give more talks at

schools and, hopefully, win more awards.

“That would be pretty cool,” she said.

Family: Mom; Daddy; five dogs,

Bella, Jasmine, Lily, Coco and Max;

and one cat, Kitty Birthplace: Knoxville, Tenn.

Hidden talents: I can cook. I’m better at baking. I like to bake cookies. Peanut butter cookies are my favorite.

Favorite TV show: Heroes One thing you want to accomplish in life but haven’t yet: I want to be on

Broadway some day. My favorite Broadway play is Hairspray.

Most proud of: My U.S. Green

Building Industry Council Youth Leadership Award - all the

work we’ve done this past year is finally getting recognized.

Favorite quote: “Hate stirs up

dissension, but love conquers all wrongs.” - Proverbs 10:12

Three Rivers, Pages 136 on 01/31/2010

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