April 6 2010 12:00 AM

Contest challenges students to produce short films about environmental awareness

    What does green mean to you?
    Energy Works Michigan wants to know— in 90 seconds or less. The company is
    sponsoring the “Show Green” video competition, in which students are invited to
    create a film showing what “going green” means to them, and what projects they,
    their school or their community are working on to make the world a better

    Project associate Kelly
    Weger said that Energy Works Michigan has encountered many young people and
    schools working towards the same initiative as they are: to go green and
    improve the environment.

    “We’re working with schools
    across the state with a state grant, helping schools get energy efficiency and
    renewable energy installations,” she said. “We’ve been working on that for
    almost a year, and as that project has been developing we’ve been visiting
    schools and learning a lot about what various schools are doing across the
    state. It’s been really amazing to learn about projects that individual schools
    are putting on that are mostly unpublicized.”

    Projects like installing
    solar panels, starting recycling programs at schools, growing local food or
    buying local — these are all things Weger has seen from students in Michigan,
    and she’s hoping that this video contest will help spread the word and bring
    awareness to what they’re doing. “We thought it would be great to present a
    platform for schools to share with other schools what they are doing that perhaps
    nobody else has heard about,” she said.

    Energy Works Michigan is an
    Ann Arbor-based non-profit working to support energy efficiency and renewable
    energy industries. Part of their work includes the Michigan Renewable Schools
    Program, a project bringing energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements
    to K-12 schools throughout Michigan. The students they are teaching about going
    green already know a thing or two of their own about being environmentally
    responsible, and that’s what they’re looking to see in the films.

    “Submissions will be judged
    on their concept, creativity, innovative thinking, and passion about the environmental
    challenges facing us,” Weger said.

    Students under the age of 19
    can enter the contest. There will be two categories, under 12 and 12-19 years
    old. The videos could be public service announcements, documentaries,
    interviews, poetry, live action, animation, puppets, photography, or
    claymation. Entries can be submitted online at ShowGreenTV.org and are due on
    June 1.