Following the recent International Young Environmentalist Youth Summit, Greening Forward has officially announced that IDEAS leader Ricardo Williams has won their #IYEYS Social Media contest! Check out his clever recreation of the ‘Ellen-DeGeneres Oscar selfie’ from the 86th Annual Academy Awards using the eco-minded a capella group, The Ecotones! Immediately following the summit, Ricardo had a score of 165 social engagements on #Facebook, #Twitter, and #Instagram (Likes, comments, favorites, and retweets).


The Ecotones are the newest a cappella sensation to hit Athens, GA! They are a co-ed group of ecologically minded students at the University of Georgia who also happen to enjoy singing. The idea to start the Ecotones arose at a party on Saturday, November 14th, 2009. Several UGA Ecology graduate students were standing in a living room singing songs and the thought came up to start an a cappella group. The result was one broken chair and a new vocal group called the Ecotones. Recruiting began and on Sunday, January 17th, 2010 the Ecotones held their first rehearsal. Since then, they have grown tremendously.

Most recently they were invited to perform during the opening night of #IYEYS 2014.

For more information on the Ecotones, check out their facebook page:

Here is a normal photograph of the group (well, kind of):