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China Youth Environment and Sustainability Essay Contest


We are going to have a nation-wide China youth essay competition on China’s environment and sustainability. The goal is to increase awareness of this issue among China’s youth. China’s environment is a complex, multifaceted problem that’s many years in the making. No one has the “magic wand” but increasing awareness among China’s youth has to be part of the solution.

Download a flyer about the contest (Chinese)

We already have a panel of distinguished “sustainability people” volunteering to be the judges of the contest,¬†including:

Dr. Jason Jay, Director, MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, MIT

Dr. Don Rosenfeld, Director, MIT Leaders for Global Operations program, MIT

Prof. Nathan Phillips, Professor of Earth and Environment, Boston University

Jenny Isler, Director of Sustainable Clark, Clark University

Prof. Weston Dipps, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Furman University

Prof. Greg Davis, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of Advanced Engine Laboratory, Kettering University

John Waters, CEO Bright Automotive; Senior Fellow, Sagamore Institute; Board of Advisors, Duke Energy

We will have 5 first prize winners with scholarship of US$5,000 each; 10 second prize winners with scholarship of US$2,500 each; and 15 third prize winners with US$1,000 each. All participants can attend the 2016 sustainability summer camp which will include tours of the campus/lab/company where the judges teach, real applied sustainability projects, and seminars by industry and academic leaders. The camps will visit Massachusetts and then South Carolina. We are going to send this contest information to 300 Chinese high schools; we will personally visit 60 high schools; and we will focus on 30 high schools.

Through this contest, we strive to create a wave of curiosity and thinking among China’s youth on environment and sustainability. We believe this is part of the solution in building a better, greener, and a more sustainable tomorrow, for all mankind. Please join us in supporting the effort

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