Category Archives: Awards & contests

E360 Announces Contest For Best Environmental Videos

Yale Environment 360 is holding a contest to honor the best environmental videos. Entries must be videos that focus on an environmental issue or theme, have not been widely viewed online, and are a maximum of 15 minutes in length. The first-place winner will receive $2,000, and two runners-up will each receive $500. The winning entries will be posted on Yale Environment 360. The deadline for entries is June 6, 2014. Read further contest information.

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Posted by on April 18, 2014 in Awards & contests, Video


Crowdsourcing climate change, one contest at a time

Read the full story in The Guardian.

For millions of people, Wikipedia is a quick and easy way to settle a factual disagreement or research a school paper. For Thomas Malone, professor of management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the online, crowd-sourced encyclopedia is an inspiration.

“It’s now possible to harness the collective intelligence of thousands of people all over the world at a scale and with a degree of collaboration that was never possible before,” Malone said. “We decided to basically crowd-source the problem of what to do about global climate change.”

The result is MIT’s Climate CoLab, a collaborative online community centered on a series of annual contests that seek out promising ideas for fighting climate change. Right now, 15 contests are active on the site, with more to come, Malone said.


Three Tips on the Road to a Great Governor’s Award Application

Over on the ISTC Blog, John Mulrow gives organizations tips for writing a successful Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards application. The deadline to apply is May 22, 2014.


Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards Accepting Nominations through April 30, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting nominations for the 2014 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. The awards promote the environmental and economic benefits of developing and using novel green chemistry both in academia and industry. The American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute® administers the awards in coordination with the EPA.

Deadline for submitting nominations is April 30, 2014. Winners will be announced in the fall and there will be a special awards ceremony in Washington DC.

Please visit the EPA’s Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards website for further details and to download this year’s nomination package.

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Posted by on March 27, 2014 in Awards & contests, Green chemistry


Nominations now being accepted for Indiana Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence

The Indiana Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence recognize exemplary projects across Indiana. Projects must demonstrate significant and measurable results,  be innovative, comprehensive and documented. For more information, the nomination cover page form, and guidance on how to apply, visit the IDEM Web site at .

Who Can Apply?

The awards are open to all Indiana facilities, state and local units of government, individuals, and technical assistance organizations that operate or support environmental protection efforts of outstanding quality. Eligible technical assistance organizations include, but are not limited to,  public entities; trade associations; individuals; and, public interest, community, educational, and labor groups.

Nominated projects/facilities must be:

  • located in Indiana;
  • focused on significant environmental protection activity;
  • able to provide at least a year of quantifiable results;
  • innovative;
  • voluntary;
  • in compliance with environmental health and safety laws; and
  • willing to share information with others via state publications or Web sites.

The deadline for nominations is April 18, 2014.

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Posted by on March 12, 2014 in Awards & contests, Great Lakes


ISTC now accepting applications for the 2014 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is now accepting applications for the 2014 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards.

This award, begun in 1987, is the nation’s oldest continuing pollution prevention program and annually honors organizations and businesses that have made a commitment to the environment through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices.

The application deadline is close of business on May 22, 2014.


U.S. Waters Alliance Announces 2014 Water Prize Winners

The U.S. Water Prize was initiated four years ago by the U.S. Water Alliance to elevate those organizations with strategies that promote the value of water and the power of innovating and integrating for water sustainability.

The 2014 U.S. Water Prize winners are:

  • Alliance for Water Efficiency, Chicago, Illinois;
  • American Water, Voorhees, New Jersey;
  • Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati, Ohio; and
  • Orange County Water District and Sanitation District, California.

Winners will be honored in an awards ceremony on April 7, 2014 at National Geographic headquarters in Washington D.C. For more information about the winners, visit:

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Posted by on March 7, 2014 in Awards & contests, Water


EPA Announces “Climate Change in Focus” Student Video Contest

EPA and the National Environmental Education Foundation are partnering on a climate change student video contest for middle school students.  The challenge is to create a video that is 30-120 seconds long and that answers the questions: 1) Why do you care about climate change; and 2) How are you reducing carbon pollution or preparing for the impacts of climate change?

Video entries should describe how climate change affects you, your family, friends, and community, now or in the future.  Applicants can use storytelling, images, or anything that explains the steps you’re taking, or could take, to prepare for a changing climate.

The deadline for entries is March 18, 2014.  Winners will be announced on the contest website on or around April 22, 2014.  To learn more, visit:


Calling all students and teachers: Young Reporters for the Environment Competition

Via Great Lakes Echo.

Student reporters and educators alike – the National Wildlife Federation’s “Young Reporters for the Environment Competition” is looking for your environmental work!

The contest is open to students ages 13-21. Eligible submissions should demonstrate investigation about an environmental topic, offer solutions, and reflect knowledge of how the topic relates both globally and to the community.

Contest entries are accepted as:

  • Single photograph
  • Photo essay, consisting of no more than 12 photos
  • A written article, no more than 1000 words
  • Video, no more than three minutes long

The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2014. National winners, which are announced at the end of April, are then entered into the competition’s international level. International winners are announced on World Environment Day, on June 5. Prizes vary, but include reporting equipment (tablets, cameras, etc.) and Amazon gift cards ranging in value.

For rules and more information, click here.

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Posted by on February 26, 2014 in Awards & contests, Journalism, K-12


Kicking off the 2014 Google Science Fair: It’s your turn to change the world

Via the Google Blog.

What if you could turn one of your passions into something that could change the world? That’s just what thousands of teens have done since the first Google Science Fair in 2011. These students have tackled some of today’s greatest challenges, like an anti-flu medicine, more effective ways to beat cancer, an exoskeletal glove, a battery-free flashlight, banana bioplastics and more efficient ways of farming.

Now it’s time to do it again: we’re calling for students ages 13-18 to submit their brilliant ideas for the fourth annual Google Science Fair, in partnership with Virgin Galactic, Scientific American, LEGO Education and National Geographic. All you need to participate is curiosity and an Internet connection. Project submissions are due May 12, and the winners will be announced at the finalist event at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., on September 22.

In addition to satisfying your curious mind, your project can also win you some pretty cool prizes. This year’s grand prize winner will have the chance to join the Virgin Galactic team at Spaceport America in New Mexico as they prepare for space flight and will be among the first to welcome the astronauts back to Earth, a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour and a full year’s digital access to Scientific American magazine for their school. Age category winners will have a choice between going behind the scenes at the LEGO factory in Billund, Denmark or an amazing experience at either a Google office or National Geographic.

For the 2014 competition, we’ll also give two new awards to celebrate even more talented young scientists:

  • The Computer Science Award will be given to a project that champions innovation and excellence in the field of computer science.
  • Local Award Winners—students whose projects have attempted to address an issue relevant to their community—will be honored in select locations globally.

And the Scientific American Science In Action award will once again honor a project that addresses a health, resource or environmental challenge. The winner will receive a year’s mentoring from Scientific American and a $50,000 grant toward their project.

Stay updated throughout the competition on our Google+ page, get inspired by participating in virtual field trips and ask esteemed scientists questions in our Hangout on Air series. If you need help jump-starting your project, try out the Idea Springboard for inspiration.

What do you love? What are you good at? What problem have you always dreamed of solving? Get started with your project today—it’s your turn to change the world.

Posted by Clare Conway, Google Science Fair team

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Posted by on February 17, 2014 in Awards & contests, K-12


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