Saturday, July 18, 2009

Enter Colgate's Greenest Videos Contest!

Do you want to be more involved on green activities on campus? Do you also want to become one of Colgate’s celebrities? Then enter Colgate’s Greenest Videos Contest – a contest to educate and inspire sustainable living at Colgate.

It’s really easy to participate. Just get together with a group of friends, choose any environmental issue that Colgate students face, and film a video. Videos must be between 30 seconds to four minutes in length.

Possible topic ideas are: turn off the lights, conserve water, recycle, use reusable water bottles, reduce food waste, switch to energy efficient light bulbs, support local/organic food, turn the heat down, print double- sided, and carpool. If you have any other green ideas, we welcome the creativity!

Once submitted, your video can win prizes in any of the four categories – funniest, most informative, most innovative, and “greenest.” And everyone will receive a small prize for participating.

Submit your video between Monday, September 7, to Friday, October 2. Ready to submit your video? Contact Ray Nardelli in ITS for help (ext. 6793). The videos will be posted online on the portal by Monday, October 5. You have until Friday, October 16 to vote for your favority videos. Vote for winners in each of the four categories!

The contest will culminate in a viewing of all the winning videos. On Thursday, October 22, come join us at Donovan’s pub! Bring all your friends to support your video and see what your classmates have made. There will be free pizza and the first 75 students will receive a free organic t-shirt! If you’ve taken Colgate’s sustainability pledge, you will also be entered in a drawing to win a prize! Click here to take the pledge.

Videos can be as simple or as professional as you want. Use your digital camera or borrow a video camera from the IT desk in Case-Geyer library. ITS can help you edit and transfer the video onto a DVD. View our demonstration video here.

More and more, Colgate is making a commitment to sustainability. From the administration, to academic programming, to student groups, Colgate is taking huge strides to advance sustainability. To jump-start some new initiatives and breathe life into some stale ones, Colgate held the 8th Green Summit in February 2009. One of these initiatives was the Environmental Education group, which aims to educate the Colgate community, especially first-year students, about ways to reduce personal ecological footprints. From this think-tank, the video contest was born.

This contest is open to all students, faculty, and staff. Click here for more information and for the official contest rules.

Help educate and inspire the Colgate community to strive for a more sustainable lifestyle!

Want to take even more action? Visit Colgate’s Green Campus Initiative Website for more information. Or, help Colgate compete in America’s Greenest Campus Challenge!

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