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Sept 4-Oct 5: Register for EPA’s Campus RainWorks Design Challenge

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened registration for student teams from colleges and universities across the country to participate in its new design competition, the Campus RainWorks Challenge, through which teams will compete to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management. This first annual competition, will help raise awareness of green design and planning approaches at colleges and universities, and train the next generation of landscape architects, planners, and engineers in green infrastructure principles and design. Stormwater is a major cause of harmful water pollution in urban areas in the U.S., impacting tens of thousands of miles of rivers, streams, and coastal shorelines, as well as hundreds of thousands of acres of lakes, reservoirs, and ponds.

Student teams, working with a faculty advisor, will submit design plans for a proposed green infrastructure project for their campus. Registration for the Campus RainWorks Challenge is open from September 4 through October 5, and entries must be submitted by December 14, 2012 for consideration. Winning entries will be selected by EPA and announced in April 2013. Winning teams will earn a cash prize of $1,500 – $2,500, as well as $8,000 – $11,000 in funds for their faculty advisor to conduct research on green infrastructure. In 2013, EPA plans to expand Campus RainWorks by inviting students to design and complete a demonstration project assessing innovative green infrastructure approaches on their campus.

EPA is encouraging the use of green infrastructure as a solution to help manage stormwater runoff. Green Infrastructure uses vegetation, soils, and natural processes to manage stormwater runoff at its source and provide other community benefits. Green infrastructure is increasingly being used to supplement or substitute for single-purpose ³gray² infrastructure investments such as pipes, and ponds. The Campus RainWorks Challenge will help encourage the use of green infrastructure projects on college and university campuses to manage stormwater discharges.

More information on the Campus RainWorks Challenge.

Nov 15: Cool Science Art Competition (Lowell, MA)

Cool Science invites students of all ages to create and submit a visual work of art about climate change. The best 6 entries will be placed throughout Lowell’s mass transit system in 2013 and be seen by thousands of people every day! Winning students and their schools will receive $200 in gift certificates. Visit: http://www.uml.edu/Education/Coolscience/faqs.aspx for FAQ’s about the competition. Visit: http://www.uml.edu/Education/Coolscience/Submit-Your-Artwork/default.aspx for submission specific information. Deadline for submissions is November 15, 2012.

Sept 01: Deadline for the Project Green Dorm Makeover Contest

We are excited to announce our first ever ‘back to school’ Project Green Dorm Makeover Contest…. and it begins today! In collaboration with eBay Green and Whole Foods Market, the contest invites high school and college students (age 18+) from around the world to head back-to-school in sustainable style, focusing on greening where they live. The eco grand prize package is valued at more than $2500!  Enter the PGD #GreenDorm Makeover Contest by September 3 simply by designing your ideal green dorm room / living space! Here’s how …..

 

Curate a #GreenDorm Pinterest board using images and descriptions of eco dorm / room items. Enter the contest and upload your entry to TTG (see rules here) by September 3, 2012 before midnight PDT.

A panel of esteemed judges will vote on submissions and announce first, second, and third place winners by September 7. The grand prize package includes a selection of beautiful items to help bring your new green living space to life!

Be creative and innovative! Represent the twelve PGD categories (Active, Bath, Body, Clean, Food, Sleep, Space, Study, Style, Tech, Wellness, Zero Waste) in interesting ways. In addition to new, sustainable items that you find, think hard about vintage, reused, shared, repurposed, or recycled products… after all, the most eco product may just be the one that already exists!

Sign up NOW and start crafting your green dream room, prepare for college, and win awesome prizes! Sustain yourself and our planet this back-to-school season.

Please help us spread the word! Forward this email to 20 friends, everyone you know, all over the country. And share with us on Facebook and Twitter @TeensTurnGreen using #GreenDorm.

Good luck from the entire Teens Turning Green Team!

Questions: info@teensturninggreen.org / 415.289.1001

Mass Energy Lab, Seek Energy Innovation Competition

Mass Energy Lab is committed to continuously seeking knowledge and innovation that can contribute to energy waste reduction in commercial and industrial buildings.This fall, Mass Energy Lab will sponsor a contest for graduate and undergraduate students in Massachusetts to identify and research cutting-edge, new-to-market energy efficiency solutions that can impact the built environment. Research projects should explore the technical performance of the subject solution,as well as the marketability of the solution in the region. Participants are expected to provide a detailed explanation of the product’s functionality and a thorough market analysis that relays the solution’s potential for market penetration. Participants may enter the contest individually or in groups of up to two people.

Deliverables:

Research Project paper exploring the technical performance and marketability of a new-to-market energy efficiency retrofit solution.

Finalist will present their research to a panel of industry experts.

Timeline:

  • Submissions open- 9/1
  • Submissions closed- 11/4
  • Notifications- 11/18
  • Awards Event- 12/1
  • Awards Issued- 12/8

Prizes:

  • First Prize- $3000
  • Second Prize- $1500
  • Third Prize-$500

For more information visit their website.

Aug 07: Deadline for Story of Stuff Essays for Incoming Students

All entering students are invited to submit an essay answering one of the following questions about the Common Reading book The Story of Stuff. $300 worth of gift certificates to the Tufts Book Store will be awarded, and winning essays will be posted online. Essays must be submitted by Tuesday, August 7.

Submission instructions

  • Please put the question you are answering at the top of your essay, along with your name, email, and telephone number.
  • Email your essay- with the subject “Story of Stuff Essay” to TischCollegeSubmissions@tufts.edu
  • Please limit your essay to no more than 500 words.

Essay questions

You must respond to one of these four questions:

  1. The Story of Stuff not only educates us about the effects of mass consumption on our society, but also offers suggestions for change: the essence of active citizenship. Is there an action you are committing to taking after the reading this book, either one directly suggested by the author or something of your own inspired by the book? Please describe your reasoning (including specifically how The Story of Stuff inspired you), the action you intent to take, and its expected impact.
  2. As an environmental activist, Annie Leonard criticizes a few initiatives — such as biofuels, recycling programs, and “green” consumerism — that may be a little surprising, given that they are presented as being good for the environment. Choose a surprising criticism Leonard makes and analyze what her critique is and why she makes this critique. Do you agree or disagree with her points?
  3. Leonard looks at our everyday items and discusses what went into producing them. Depending on each reader’s background, some of this information might be familiar, but other parts will be much more shocking. Choose a specific story or piece of information from the book that really affected you. What about it made an impression? Did it affect your perspective on the everyday items around you, and if so, how?
  4. After reading the book, watch the original animated video, “The Story of Stuff,” that led to the creation of the book, or watch the latest video from Leonard, “The Story of Change” (due out on July 19). Consider the impact of each of these distinct media on your own learning and on societal change. What are the differences between reading a book and watching a short film in this context? How do they work together? Is one more effective than the other? You might also consider Leonard’s own perspective on writing and publishing the book — what are her own concerns and justifications?

 

For information on the contest, go to the Tisch College webpage.

For more information on the book, go to the Tisch Library webpage.

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