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Monday, February 27, 2017

March 2017: Contests & Funding

Earth Optimism Student Video Competition: Deadline March 3
The Smithsonian Institution invites undergraduate and graduate students to share a success story that involves them personally or highlights a story that needs to be told through a compelling two-minute video. The theme of the competition is Conservation Success. The student with the best video, as selected by a panel of judges, will receive $1,000. Up to three winners will receive funding to attend the three-day Earth Optimism Summit in Washington, D.C., April 21-23. To find more information about this opportunity, please visit their website.

Call for Artists by Fossil Free UC Santa Cruz 
Fossil Free UC Santa Cruz, the student run campaign for the UC's fossil fuel divestment, is hosting an Art and Music Show on March 11 and we are looking for submissions. We would love to display your visual art, poetry, music, stories, or anything else creative that relates to environmental and social justice, climate hope, healing and solidarity. The location for the event is to be announced.
To submit art or to ask any questions, please email us at
Also, all are welcome at our Friday meetings at 5:15 in McHenry room 2359

Green Gigawatt Partnership : Deadline March 17 
The Green Gigawatt Partnership is offering cost-free support for up to five campuses to develop and implement on-campus (or near campus) solar projects. Support will include site screening, stakeholder education, RFP development and support, and contract negotiation. If you would like more information about this opportunity, please visit their website.

Local Food Promotion Program: Deadline March 27
LFPP offers grant funds with a 25% match to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets, by providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to Local and Regional Food Businesses. Eligible applicants may apply if they support local and regional food business enterprises that process, distribute, aggregate, or store locally or regionally produced food products. Find more information by visiting the website.

Farmers Market Promotion Program: Deadline March 27
The goals of FMPP grants are to increase domestic consumption of and access to locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations. Eligible applicants include agricultural businesses, agricultural cooperatives, and more. Find more information by visiting the website.

The Witnessing Change Video Competition: Deadline May 1
The Witnessing Change Video Competition invites student documentarians to record the impacts of climate change happening in their own communities and to use their work to inform the public. The videos should highlight the emotional and financial costs of climate change. Due to additional grant support, the fee for the 2016/2017 competition has been waived for all applicants. To find more information about this opportunity, please visit their website.

AASHE Sustainability Awards Submissions: Due May 12 
The annual Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Awards recognize sustainability achievements, research advancements and student leadership. By raising the visibility of high-impact sustainability projects and pioneering research, the awards program helps to disseminate innovations and inspire continued progress toward sustainability. Submissions are due by May 12 to be considered for one of 10 awards, to be given at the 2017 AASHE Conference & Expo.

2017 International Essay Contest for Young People: Deadline June 15
Students are invited to submit a 700-word essay based on the theme Learning from Nature. The essay should focus on what we learn from nature and how we can make use of that learning for the future. Organized by the Goi Peace Foundation, the deadline to enter the contest is June 15.

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