Contests & Awards
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- April 30, 2012, nomination deadline: Barron Prize Young Environmental Hero Nominations
- May 9, 2012: First Ever! National Bike to School Day Event
- May 25, 2012: Student Film Project Competition
- May 31, 2012, Sept. 30, 2012 & Jan. 15, 2013: Captain Planet Foundation Grants
EVENT: National Bike to School Day -- first ever!
Date: May 9, 2012
Description: The National Center for Safe Routes to School announced today that it will be coordinating the first-ever National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 9, 2012. Bike to School Day builds on the popularity and success of International Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October, and encourages a bike-focused celebration in the month of May. The National Center, which serves as the information clearinghouse for the federal Safe Routes to School program, is planning the inaugural event in partnership with the League of American Bicyclists, the organization that leads the celebration of National Bike Month.
More Info: http://www.walktoschool.org/index.cfm
EVENT: Endangered Species Day 2012
Date: May 18, 2012
Description: A great way for students to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species, and simple actions that to take to help protect our nation’s disappearing wildlife. Each May, thousands of people celebrate Endangered Species Day at parks, wildlife refuges, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, libraries, schools and community centers. You can participate in field trips, community clean-ups, film showings, classroom presentations, or create your own activities with the Endangered Species Day Toolkit. It includes a step-by-step guide to planning an event and materials to make it fun and successful.
Teaching Resources: Teachers will find a variety of resources about teaching endangered species preservation on the Endangered Species Day website's Teacher Resource Center and at http://eelinked.naaee.net/n/eelinked/posts/Celebrate-Endangered-Species-Day1
More Info: http://www.stopextinction.org/esd.html
EVENT: Sustainability Education Institute
Date: July 23-25, 2012
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Description: The Center for Ecoliteracy is cosponsoring the fourth annual Sustainability Education Summer Institute July 23-25 on beautiful Bainbridge Island in Washington. The Institute offers an inspiring array of workshops and keynote presentations at the breathtaking 255-acre IslandWood campus. CEL's Lisa Bennett and Carolie Sly will offer presentations based on their book Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence.
More Info: http://www.ecoliteracy.org/events/sustainability-education-summer-institute
CAPTAIN PLANET FOUNDATION GRANTS
Dates: May 31 and September 30, 2012
Description: The Captain Planet Foundation primarily makes grants 3 times a year to U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million. Grants are for activities that conform to the mission of the Captain Planet Foundation: to promote and support high-quality educational programs that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate our world through learning experiences that engage them in active, hands-on projects to improve the environment in their schools and communities. Grants from the Captain Planet Foundation are intended to: serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools, and inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities.
Grants: Up to $2,500. Preferential consideration is given to applicants who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their program.
More Info: http://captainplanetfoundation.org/default.aspx?pid=3&tab=apply
NO DEADLINE. Weekly Grants Given
Description: There are several Do Something Grants offered to youth each week: 1) Seed Grants are offered to start a community action project or program or take an existing successful project/organization to the next level. $500 each week. 2) Project Pitch Grants are offered to take a project or organization to the next level with a strong pitch. Check out their "Do Something U" video, "How to Pitch Your Project," for tips, then upload your best pitch for a chance to win one of five $250 grants given each month. 3) Do Something Club Grants: Grants help sustain official Do Something Clubs and their community social action projects. Five grants worth $250 each month.
More Info: http://www.dosomething.org/grants
PRIZE: The 2012 Barron Prize for Young Environmental Heroes
Nomination Deadline: April 30, 2012
Description: The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes invites nominations for its 2012 awards. The Barron Prize, founded by author T.A. Barron in honor of his mother, celebrates outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18. Each year, the Barron Prize honors inspiring young people who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Half of each year’s winners are chosen for their work to protect the environment.
Prize: Ten winners each receive $2,500 to support their service work or higher education.
More Info: http://www.barronprize.org/
CONTEST: 2013 Energy Calendar Contest
Entry Deadline: May 1, 2012
Description: It’s that time of year when students across the state illustrate their vision of the ways energy will improve our lives and the environment. Twelve illustrations, plus four honorable mentions, will be chosen in the competition for the Energy Commission’s 2013 Energy Calendar. Winners will be announced May 8, 2012. Contest details and samples of last year’s artwork are posted on Energy Quest.
More Info: http://www.energyquest.ca.gov, or contact Lana McAllister, email@example.com
COMPETITION: Student Film Project
Submission Deadline: May 1, 2012
Description: Green Living Project presents the biannual Student Film Project, a unique filmmaking competition encouraging students to get directly involved with innovative storytelling and filmmaking around important local and global sustainability issues. In 5 minutes or less, student short films tell a unique, creative, and compelling story about a local or global sustainability-related project. For ideas about topics, style and storytelling, watch previous Student Film Project winners and check out Green Living Project’s sustainability-related videos online on their resources page along with the tips and links listed. Sample sustainability topics include wildlife conservation, sustainable food, resource conservation, community development, renewable energy, sustainability-related education, and sustainable travel and tourism.
Awards: Winning films will be screened at Green Living Project’s “Washington D.C. Film Premiere” on May 31st. Student winners will receive prize packages up to a $1,500 value from sponsors including Patagonia Footwear, Think Tank Photo, Office Depot and The North Face.
More Info: http://www.greenlivingproject.com/studentfilmproject
CONTEST: Rachel Carson Sense of Water Contest
Entry Deadline: June 1, 2012
Description: 2012 is the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act, and this year's Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder contest will focus on water. To honor this anniversary, the poetry, essay, photo and dance contest has been renamed the Sense of Water Contest for 2012. Entries must be from a team of two or more persons—a young person and an older person. Share your love for water through a creative project that captures what you hear, see, feel and taste as you explore and study water. Contestants will work across generations to share through one of these distinct mediums their own interactions with and reflections about the sense of water. Dance video entries are not limited to the moving body. You can use live performers and/or capture movement and change visible in nature: birds landing, trees shaking in a storm, a river flowing...Experienced and first time dancers and video makers are encouraged to participate.
More Info: http://www.epa.gov/aging/resources/thesenseofwonder/index.htm
CONTEST: Volvo Adventure Competition
Competition Opens: July 1, 2012
Competition Ends: January 31, 2013
Description: Organized with the UN Environment Programme, the Volvo Adventure is an environmental action competition for students ages 13-16. The program rewards environmental activities and the decision-makers of the future. To enter, students form a team of 2-5 members ages 13-16 (at competition opening - July 1st 2012). Perform an environmental project in your local community & submit the project via our online submission tool before the competition deadline, January 31st 2013.
Prizes: 1st place $10,000, 2nd $6,000 and 3rd $4,000.
More Info: http://www.volvoadventure.org/home.aspx
CONTEST: Like A Drop of Water Essay Contest
NO DEADLINE. Six winners per month.
Description: Like A Drop of Water’s writing contest encourages youth ages 8-17 to share their ideas on how they and their countries can reduce climate change and pollution. Parents, grandparents and teachers are encouraged to share their ideas with their young authors. Teachers and their students may submit a class essay as well as serve as judges. "Like drops of water that make up the oceans, millions of people of all ages, can lead the way to creating the positive changes we need to create a sustainable planet."
Award: 6 Awards of $50-$100 per month through June 2015. Each year the top fifty essays will be sent to the White House and made available to governments across the world. Bi-yearly, the one hundred winning essays will be published as an e-book for world wide distribution.
To Enter: http://www.likeadropofwater.org/entry-form/
Official Rules: http://www.likeadropofwater.org/official-rules/
More Info: http://www.likeadropofwater.org/