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 Earth Day Contest Earth Day Contest

Learn Learn how to help your community go green.

Glogster EDU and the Go Green Initiative have teamed up to celebrate Earth Day 2012 by putting your environmental awareness to the test! This is a perfect opportunity to learn more about your community and earn Earth Day-themed prizes for you, your classroom, or your school. Ready to go green?

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.

Entries must be submitted by April 30, 2012.

We’ve provided some tips for getting your investigation started below. But first, the prizes!


100 students with outstanding entries will win the following:

  • 4 students - $500 cash prize for juniors or seniors in HS who intend to pursue higher education courses in sustainability, furnished by Elmwood Cafe in Berkeley, CA
  • 5 students - $100 cash prize for students in any grade level, sponsored by Safeway, Inc.
  • 1 student - A FlipCam & the book Going Blue, co-written by Philippe Cousteau, furnished by EarthEcho International
  • 60 students - The Discovery Channel DVD Oceanic, furnished by Gaiam
  • 30 students - The Discovery Channel DVD Amazing Earth, furnished 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., O Organics, Open Nature, & Bright Green
  • 1 classroom - A 30 pack of Action Wipes for each student & teacher 
  • 1 classroom - An official Go Green Initiative T-shirt & mug for each student & teacher 
  • 1 classroom - A stainless steel water bottle from DrinkUp for each student & teacher 

27 schools with numerous outstanding entries will win the following:

  • 1 school - An organic garden supplied & built by Safeway, Inc.
  • 1 school - A visit from the official Wells Fargo stagecoach and horses. Students will get to take a ride in the stagecoach, local conditions permitting.
  • 25 schools - A DVD of Freedom by Sundance Film Festival Award Winners Josh & Rebecca Tickell

How to enter

Click on the button below to start creating your Earth Day Contest Glog. Once you save your Glog as "finished," your Glog will automatically be entered in the contest. You can edit your Glog as many times as you’d like before April 30, 2012.

View official contest rules here

View all contest Glogs

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.

Getting started

How do you determine whether a system is green or sustainable? Here are a few questions to consider.

  • Is the quality of your water good?
  • Are the pipes that your water flows through old and leaky, or are they well maintained?
  • Does your community rely on a water source that is far away?
  • What happens in your community if there is a drought?
Credible Websites: Podcast resources:
  1. Water efficiency
  2. America’s water crisis and what to do about it:
  3. Protecting our planet’s water sources, with Philippe Cousteau
  • Is it easy or difficult to get food that is grown close to your home?
  • Are organic fruits and vegetables affordable and easy to obtain?
  • How does your grocery store ensure that they buy safe foods, and if there is a food recall, how do they let shoppers know about it?
  • If a large amount of the food in your community is shipped in on trucks, and the price of fuel for those trucks goes up substantially, you can expect that the cost of food also goes up. How would an increase in the price of food based on higher fuel prices affect your community?
Credible Websites: Podcast resources:
  1. Urban Farming and the New City Food System
  2. What you should know about GMO’s
  3. EarthEcho’s Food Education program
  • How many megawatts of electricity do your school, home or city use each month?
  • Where does the energy for your communities come from, and how much of it is from renewable sources (solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, etc.)?
  • How far away are the power plants that create the electricity your community uses?
  • Does your community have energy conservation and energy efficiency programs in place?
Credible Websites: Podcast resources:
  1. Renewable energy investments
  2. “Fracking” for Natural Gas
  3. The Alternative to America’s Oil Addiction

Where to start looking for information:

- Utility companies. These companies can tell you how your water and energy systems work. Your electric utility company can also tell you how much of your electricity comes from coal, nuclear, solar, wind, or waterpower.

- Companies that supply food to your school or local stores. Is the food local? Is it cooked on site? Is it shipped in from far away? Trace the food system at your school back to where the original ingredients come from. You can also trace the food system coming into your home by talking to local grocers about where they buy the food you see on the shelves of the grocery store.

Or, tune into the Go Green Radio Podcast

About the Go Green Initiative

The Go Green Initiative is a global organization that trains volunteers in schools, homes, businesses and organizations to conserve natural resources for future generations, and to protect human health though environmental stewardship. We provide free and continual instruction for over 2,724 volunteers in all 50 U.S. states and in 71 countries, teaching them to quantify their environmental impact, and increase the resources their communities conserve. Click here for more information:

Glogs in the contest: 48