7th Annual Green Matters Essay Contest
The Green Matters Essay Contest is celebrating its seventh year! Since its inception Green Matters has received over a thousand entries, and has started an important discussion about youth engagement in environmental and sustainability issues.
The goal of the contest is to get students from Kindergarten to grade 12 thinking about the environment and what it takes ensure it has a bright future.
As we all know, personal vehicle use contributes to Green House Gas emissions and impacts our environment in many ways. Not to mention that it’s often perceived to be easier to use a vehicle than a more physically active method to get around.
This year we want students to imagine a city where residents are less dependent on their vehicles. A city where alternatives are used to get to the places people need to be.
So… the challenge:
What does it take to get people out of their vehicles and using more environmentally friendly methods of getting around town? Using more active methods?
Share your vision for a city that is less dependent on vehicles?
Some ideas to help you with this project:
• Challenge your entire family to go a day without using the car.
• Plan ahead and take part in the Commuter Challenge, you might find some interesting info on their website: http://commuterchallenge.ca/
• Virtually visit a car free city: http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/transportation/photos/7-car-free-cities/independent-of-the-auto
• Visit http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/reduce-your-carbon-footprint/support-alternatives-to-owning-and-driving-a-car/
Deadline for all submissions is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 28, 2014.
There are four categories: Elementary school (K-2); Elementary school (3-5); Middle school; and, High school. Eligible students must currently be attending City of Fredericton area schools (refer to the list below) in Anglophone School District West (ASD-W) and District scolaire francophone Sud.
Entries will be judged for quality of the response. The panel will be comprised of three independent judges. There is one main prize in each of the elementary categories, and two prizes in each of the middle and high school categories. There is also one prize for creativity in each category that will be awarded based on the judges’ discretion.
Winners will be contacted and then announced May 9, 2014, on the Green Matters Website
Winning submissions will be posted on the Green Matters website at www.greenmattersfredericton.com. The winner in each category will receive a cash prize and a certificate. Award presentations will be made at city council – date to be determined.
The breakdown is as follows:
Elementary Grades K-2: First Prize $150 and Creativity Prize $50
Elementary Grades 3-5: First Prize $150 and Creativity Prize $50
Middle School: First Prize $250, Second Prize $100, and Creativity Prize: $100
High School: First Prize $250, Second Prize $100, and Creativity Prize $100
Eligible schools are:
Elementary schools: Barker's Point, Connaught Street, Forest Hill, Garden Creek, Liverpool Street, Marysville, McAdam Avenue, Montgomery Street, Nashwaaksis Memorial, New Maryland, Park Street, Priestman Street, Royal Road, and Gibson Neill Memorial School.
Middle schools: Bliss Carman, George Street, Devon, and Nashwaaksis
High schools: Leo Hayes High School, Fredericton High School
Francophone schools: École Sainte-Anne and École des Bâtisseurs
Once again, the Fredericton and Barkers Point Lions Club are sponsoring a collection of environment-themed books and other educational materials for the school that provides the most submissions, as a percentage of their school population.
So, get creative and have fun!
Submissions will be accepted in both official languages.
Should you choose a written submission, word count limits are as follows:
Elementary Grades K-2 - Max. 150 words
Elementary Grades 3-5 - Max. 250 words
Middle School - Max. 750 words
High School - Max. 1000 words
All written entries, except in the Elementary K-2 and 3-5 categories, must be typed, and double-spaced. Entries in the K-2 and 3-5 categories can either be typed or printed/written legibly.
Class sets of submissions in hard copy can be delivered to City Hall, or mailed to:
PO Box 130, 397 Queen Street
We do prefer, however, that you make your submission electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Written submissions must be sent as file attachments in Microsoft Word, or Adobe PDF format. If you have questions about other file formats please contact Suzie Lowthers at email@example.com.
With all submissions, please include your name, school, teacher’s name, and teacher’s email address. Your teacher will be contacted in the event your submission is selected.
If you have questions about the type of submission you are making, and if it is suitable, please don’t hesitate to contact us.