The

Art & Writing Sustainability Challenge

Using your creativity to portray sustainability.

The Art & Writing Sustainability Challenge encourages the integration of sustainability within the creation or topicality of art or writing. Projects that were created in a sustainable fashion (ex: with upcycled materials) or that depict important concepts in sustainability (ex: a detailed, artistic, and creative depiction of how agricultural runoff leads to eutrophication) and written pieces on the topic of sustainability are eligible for the Art & Writing Sustainability Challenge.

The Youth Sustainability Challenge (YSC) is an opportunity for elementary and middle school students (rising 5th graders through rising 9th graders) to showcase their passion for environmental stewardship through art and science.

Youth Sustainability Challenge

The Science Sustainability Challenge 

Explore the intersections of sustainability with the many scientific disciplines.

The Science Sustainability Challenge (SSC) encourages students to explore the intersection of sustainability with all fields of science. Sustainability can be applied to fields ranging from biology to engineering, and any scientific or engineering projects that address sustainability are eligible for the Science Sustainability Challenge (ex: a project investigating the relationship between a particular fertilizer and algal growth in pond water).

Now we accept hypothetical projects for SSC. Read more by clicking the button below.

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**Now you may include HYPOTHETICAL projects**
Check out changes made to the Science Sustainability Challenge guidelines

Judging Criteria

The Science Sustainability Challenge

Connection:

How strong is the connection between sustainability and the topic of the project?

Clarity:

How clear and focused is the project?

Originality:

Does this project explore an original and interesting topic? Were any unusual approaches utilized to create this project? Did the project explore a less-commonly seen facet of sustainability?

Quality:

How thoroughly was the project completed? Was a great deal of attention paid to the scientific method/engineering process  in the creation of this project?

"WOW" Factor:

Is the project evocative? Does the project, as a whole, captivate and interest the audience?

The Art & Writing

Sustainability Challenge

Connection:

How strong is the connection between sustainability and the topic of the project?

Clarity:

How clear and focused is the project?

Creativity:

Were any interesting or unusual approaches utilized to create this project? Did the project explore a less-commonly seen facet of sustainability?

Quality:

How thoroughly was the project completed?

"WOW" Factor:

Is the project evocative? Does the project, as a whole, captivate and interest the audience?

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PRIZES

WE ARE GIVING AWAY HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS TO OUR WINNERS!

 Compete in the Challenge to win up to $200 worth of prizes!

Including gift cards and sustainable products, such as two eco-backpacks made of sustainably-sourced materials containing tons of environmentally-friendly prizes!

Frequently asked questions

Who can participate in the Youth Sustainability Challenge?


The Youth Sustainability Challenge (YSC) is open to rising 5th graders through rising 9th graders who are current residents of the United States.




What is the Youth Sustainability Challenge?


The Youth Sustainability Challenge (YSC) is an opportunity for elementary and middle school students (rising 5th graders through rising 9th graders) to showcase their passion for environmental stewardship through art and science. The Youth Sustainability Challenge consists of two competitions: the Art & Writing Sustainability Challenge (ASC) and the Science Sustainability Challenge (SSC).




Is it free to participate in the Youth Sustainability Challenge?


Yes! The Youth Sustainability Challenge is free to participate!




Are there any prizes for the winners?


YES! The top 8 competitors in each category will be recognized, and the top 5 competitors will receive prizes. Check this file for a detailed list of prizes!




How do I submit my work?


Please follow the Submission Guidelines Document for more detail.




When are projects due?


The submission window for the Youth Sustainability Challenge closes on Sunday, November 15th at 11:59 PM PST. Make sure to submit your project by then in order for it to be considered in our evaluation process!





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