Second Annual Environmental Awareness Contest


The Suwannee St. Johns group of the Sierra Club is seeking high school, college-age and community affiliated groups to help spread the word about important environmental topics. This year’s topic is Water Conservation – Reducing Use and Preventing Pollution.

Did you know that:

  • Nearly 90 percent of the 16 million residents of Florida obtained their drinking water from public supply water systems; 13 million of these residents relied on groundwater as their primary source of drinking water.
  • Nearly 4 billion gallons per day in 2000 was used to irrigate 1.9 million acres of Florida agricultural farmland, with citrus and sugarcane accounting for 2.8 billion gallons per day of the water used.
  • In 2000, about 0.4 billion gallons per day was used to irrigate more than 1,100 Florida golf courses; slightly more than 25 percent of this water was obtained from reclaimed wastewater.

The contest

The Suwannee St. Johns Sierra Club needs your help to educate the public on the environmental, health, and economic issues related to the use and pollution of water systems in Florida. We are seeking projects which inspire people, especially young people, to reduce their water consumption and which convey steps that can be taken to accomplish this reduction. Cash prizes will be awarded to the student organization or community organization with the best project in each of four categories:

  • Best video, three to five minutes, $500
  • Best essay, or poetry, 300-1000 words, $400
  • Best music recording, three to five minutes, $300
  • Best mixed media, poster and brochure, $300.

The winning projects will be featured on SSJ’s website, Facebook, YouTube, and will be used as educational tools in schools and at community events.

Entries must be received by February 20, 2012. The contest winners will be notified by April 2, 2012 via email. Prizes will be awarded on Earth Day, April 22, 2013.

The projects

You should research and review water conservation facts to learn more about this topic and then create one of the media projects below:

  • A 3-5 minute video
  • A 300-1000 word essay or poem
  • A 3-5 minute music recording
  • A poster and accompanying brochure

Projects will be judged by an expert panel on the basis of creativity, originality, quality, technical accuracy, and content of the message. Projects can be funny or serious as long as they focus on the contest theme and show steps that can be taken to reduce single-serve plastic bottle use.

Video projects

Your video project must meet the following requirements:

  • Your video must be between three and five minutes long.
  • The video must end with text that directs the viewer to the SSJ website, ssjsierra.org. The text must be displayed for a minimum of five seconds.
  • The video must be submitted on a data CDROM or DVD as a file in one of these formats: Quicktime, MOV, WMV, MPEG, or AVI.
  • The CDROM or DVD must be mailed to: Daniel J. Freed, Internal Affairs S-150 Santa Fe College, 3000 NW 83rd Street Gainesville, FL 32606

Essay/Poem projects

Your essay/poem project must meet the following requirements:

  • The essay/poem must be between 300-1000 words
  • Type written using MLA formatting (Times New Roman)
  • Items must be delivered to: Daniel J. Freed, Internal Affairs S-150 Santa Fe College, 3000 NW 83rd Street Gainesville, FL 32606

Music projects

Your music project must meet the following requirements:

  • The recording must be between three and five minutes long.
  • The recording must end with a mention of the SSJ website, ssjsierra.org.
  • The record must be submitted on a CD and mailed to: SSJ Music Recording, c/o  Daniel J. Freed, Internal Affairs S-150 Santa Fe College, 3000 NW 83rd Street Gainesville, FL 32606

Mixed media projects

Your mixed media project must meet the following requirements:

  • The project consists of a poster and a trifold brochure.
  • The poster must be submitted on foam board a minimum of 24 by 36 inches.
  • The brochure must be a tri-fold brochure on letter-size paper, 8.5 by 11 inches.
  • The poster and the brochure must display the Sierra Club logo and website address.
  • Items must be delivered to: Daniel J. Freed, Internal Affairs S-150 Santa Fe College, 3000 NW 83rd Street Gainesville, FL 32606

The rules

Please review the following rules and requirements carefully. You must agree to them on the entry form.

  1. Projects must conform to the guidelines described above.
  2. Entries must be received by February 20, 2013.
  3. All entries must be accompanied by the entry forms.
  4. You must also provide a release form for any person that appears or performs in the project.
  5. SSJ reserves the right to disqualify any entry based on suitability, content, or quality.
  6. Winning items will be granted to SSJ as royalty-free license to copy, distribute, modify, display, and perform publicly and otherwise use, and authorize others to use your project for any educational purpose and in any media. Creators and their sponsors will be credited.
  7. Keep it clean. No violence, profanity, or sex.
  8. No direct attacks on individuals or organizations.
  9. Projects cannot advocate or promote any legislation currently under consideration by local, state, or federal governments. SSJ can offer some further guidance on this.
  10. Projects must not infringe on any third party rights.
  11. The project must be your original creation. No copyrighted music, videos, images or other content can be used.
  12. Projects containing material that was previously produced for compensation or already posted on the Internet are not eligible.

The Entry Form

The entry form must accompany every submission.

Download the entry form as a Word document.

View the entry form for printing.