EPA Wants to Recognize Kids Who Are Saving Energy
By Diane MacEachern on August 15, 2012
Do your kids think it's a waste of time to turn off the tv or the computer, just to save some energy? Or do they totally get the connection between the on/off switch and issues like climate change?
Here's your chance to find out -- and give your kids some kudos if they're not only making the connection, but doing something about it.
Team ENERGY STAR, the Environmental Protection Agency’s program to teach kids about energy efficiency, is holding an essay contest for kids. The purpose of the contest is two-fold. First and foremost, Team ENERGY STAR wants to recognize kids for the wonderful steps they’re taking to use energy more efficiently, and they’ve got all kinds of great prizes to award to show their appreciation. But here’s another important reason: They want to inspire other kids to use energy more efficiently, too.
Here's how it works: Kids who write and submit an essay to Team ENERGY STAR’S story page and then click on the DoSomething Team ENERGY STAR Challenge immediately become eligible for a number of prizes, including:
- The new Lorax DVD, which will go to the first 100 kids to submit essays
- Energy-Star-certified smart phones, televisions, computer monitors, or mouse scanners, provided courtesy of LG Electronics to the top 25 essay winners
- A complete set of the LG electronics prizes to the top 5 essay winners
- The top 25 essay winners will also be featured in New York’s Times Square on the LG billboard.
- Plus, some of the winners may have a chance to participate in Energy Star day in October with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.
If you repost your child’s essay to your blog by September 9, I will include your blog in a high-profile carnival that is planned for September 10. All of the essays and blog posts will be heavily promoted through EPA’s and LG’s social media networks. You will also receive a certificate of appreciation from EPA Administrator Jackson.
This shouldn't take a lot of time, and it could actually help you see what your kids really know about energy. Plus, maybe the essay could do double-duty for kids needing to write a summer essay for school.
The essays can be a written story; a photo essay; a video; a slide show; a drawing; or any other way your child wants to show what he or she has learned about energy efficiency, just so long as it can be uploaded to the Energy Star story page here. The deadline is September 17. Prize winners will be announced September 27.
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