Earth Day Contest Extended to April 30

We listen to teachers! Teachers have asked for more time to help their students prepare a Glog to compete for the hundreds of prizes we'll be awarding soon, and we said, "You've got it!" 

The deadline to enter is April 30, 2012.


To enter, start off by choosing one, two, or all three of the following systems in your community to focus on: the water system, the food system, and the energy system. Then create a Glog with text, images, audio, and video demonstrating how the system(s) work in your community and ways the system(s) could be greener or more sustainable. The most informative and creative Glogs by individual students, classrooms, and schools will win.


For complete contest details, click here


Discovery Channel Amazing Earth
Hundreds of Winners. Innovative Prizes.

100 students with outstanding entries will win the following:

  • 4 students $500 cash prize for juniors or seniors in high school who intend to pursue higher education courses in sustainability, provided by Elmwood Cafe
  • 5 students $100 cash prize for students in any grade level, provided by Safeway, Inc. 
  • 1 student  -  a FlipCam & the book Going Blue, co-written by Philippe Cousteau, provided by EarthEcho International
  • 60 students  - the Discovery Channel DVD Oceanic, provided by Gaiam
  • 30 students - the Discovery Channel DVD Amazing Earth, provided by Gaiam      

4 classrooms with numerous outstanding entries will win the following:

  • 1 classroom - A full-service end-of-the-year BBQ hosted by Safeway, Inc.
  • 1 classroom - A 30 pack of Action Wipes for each student & teacher in the class, provided by Action Wipes
  • 1 classroom - An official Go Green Initiative t-shirt & mug for each student & teacher in the class, provided by the Go Green Initiative
  • 1 classroom - A stainless steel water bottle from DrinkUp for each student & teacher in the class, provided by DrinkUp

27 schools with numerous outstanding entries will win the following:

  • 1 school - An organic garden supplied & built by Safeway, Inc.
  • 1 school - Wells Fargo will provide one winning elementary school with a visit from the official Wells Fargo stagecoach and horses! Students will get to take a ride in the stagecoach, local conditions permitting. Provided by Wells Fargo
  • 25 schools - A DVD of the movie Freedom provided by Sundance Film Festival Award Winners Josh and Rebecca Tickell
For complete contest details, click here


Energy, Water & Food
Why Focus on Energy, Water & Food?

In science class, we teach students about the many systems of their bodies, for example: the nervous system, digestive system, and the skeletal system. It is important for them to understand how their bodies work so they can take good care of themselves.


Likewise, it is also important for students to understand how the critical systems of their communities work.


When students comprehend how the energy, food and water systems work, they are more likely to play a role in taking care of those vital functions of every community.


For complete contest details, click here 


One of our Prize Partners
 Elmwood Cafe, Berkeley, CA
A Place to Gather. A Place to Give.
Elmwood Cafe is a small shop with a BIG heart. From the day Michael Pearce took ownership of this historic hub, his intention was to give back to great causes. He has informational posters on worthy charities near the cash register where customers can "vote" with tokens they receive with each purchase. Fortunately, the Elmwood regulars voted for the Go Green Initiative enough times for us to receive a $2,000 grant, and hence, we can offer four $500 prizes for high school juniors or seniors who are named winners in our Earth Day contest. These prizes can go to 11th and 12th graders anywhere in the world, so if you know any eligible students, encourage them to enter the contest before it closes on April 30th! 


For complete contest details, click here 
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Judging Criteria

10 points - Did you identify the source of your water, food and/or energy? How far does it travel to get to your community?


10 points - Did you show the steps that your water, food and/or energy must take to travel from the source to you?


10 points - Did you demonstrate what is green and/or sustainable about the system(s) you studied, or the ways you think the system(s) could be improved?


EXTRA points for evidence that you have taken the information you learned to an individual or organization in your community that can help make the water, food and/or energy system(s) more sustainable.

Prize Partners 
Safeway Josh And Rebecca Tickell Gaiam logo