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Theme: This year’s award goes to the individual orschool group who demonstrate, through creativity and innovation, how they are reducing their environmental footprint.
Who can enter: Any Vermont individual, family or school group.
What to do: Make a video of your unique and effective way of reducing your environmental footprint, though recycling, using fewer resources, or other means.
How to submit: Send an email firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a brief description of your activity, and include in the email a link to the video you have produced. If using a smart phone, rememeber the format must be horizonal. Please keep the video two minutes or less. Take us on a tour of how you reduce your footprint.
Submission deadline: March 18
Winners Announced: Around Earth Day, which is April 22.
This year, as FreePressMedia announces the annual Green Mountain Environmental Leadership Awards, we’re thinking about footprints.
The awards, sponsored annually by FreePressMedia and ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, are an annual chance for Vermonters to showcase their contributions to their natural surroundings, their methods of minimizing any negative effects they might have on the environment, and their desires to make the ecological world better for us and better for the plants and creatures that share the world with us.
In other words, the awards are really all about the size of the footprints that mark our paths through the natural world.
In that spirit, welcome to the 2013 Footprint and Video edition of the Green Mountain Environmental Leadership Awards. We want you to show us, more than tell us, how you reduce your footprint on the environment, through innovative recycling, the use of fewer resources, your efforts to curb global climate change, or any other activity that leaves the environment as unscathed as possible.
We’re looking for Vermont individuals, families and school groups to create videos showing us what you’ve done, or what you’re doing, or what you’re planning to do to reduce your environmental footprint.
There’s no end to the possibilities, as many are already demonstrating. The efforts can be large scale, or small. Think of the most creative or innovative thing you’re doing to move beyond the efforts many of us are already making to minimize the way us humans sometimes tend to stomp our way destructively across the landscape and environment.
Erin O’Hara, contacted via Facebook, said he built a tiny, off the grid house in central Vermont that doesn’t hog resources. Mark Poloquin said he’s contacting the companies that send him advertising in the mail, asking them to stop so as not to waste paper. Burlington Free Press reader Barbara Johnson says she returns the plastic bags the paper comes in to the carrier, so they can be re-used.
And Neily Jennings says she plans to go on an electricity fast in April: No refrigerator, no washing machine, no nothing. Except maybe her computer, which she needs for her job.
We’re not necessarily looking for Hollywood quality video craftsmanship and derring-do. As long as we can all understand what you’re doing by watching your video, we’re all set. Just keep the video’s length to about two minutes or less. And if you’re using a smart phone, remember to hold the device horizontally while shooting the video.
What we are looking for is unique, home-grown, smart ideas on how to keep our negative environmental impacts at bay.
The winner of the 2013 Green Mountain will be announced around Earth Day, which is on April 22.