Contests for Students in Business and Sustainability – Environmental and Social Issues
22 February 2013by Giselle Weybrecht
There are various ways to embed sustainability into the curriculum and to get students engaged in sustainability issues. One such method is to invite students to get involved in the growing number of global competitions and contests, which are often organised in partnership with the business sector. These competitions provide a valuable opportunity to explore solutions to existing business and sustainability challenges. These contests sometimes offer winners fame, other times cash prizes; in any case, they are an important opportunity for students to help move these issues forward.
In this section, I will regularly share with you different contests that could be used to generate enthusiasm around the topic of sustainability. Here we look at challenges relating to Environmental and Social Issues.
The Showcase of Solutions for Planetary Sustainability is an initiative by Sustainable Silicon Valley and NASA Research Center. This event showcases students’ creative solutions to advancing global sustainability. Finalists will have the chance to meet investors and qualify for a range of awards. Finalists will be announced in March.
Challengefutureis a yearly global youth competition looking at innovation and environmental and social issues. The theme for the 2013 contest is around youth employment. How can youth fight youth unemployment and what can companies from Eastern Europe do to escape the bind between the more productive West and the more cost efficient East. The contest is organized by CEEMAN in partnership with AT Kearney.
The International Impact Investing Challenge provides graduate students from around the world the opportunity to create high-performance, high-reward investment strategies that deliver social and environmental impact. Founded by Kellogg, the I3C is a pitch competition that asks students to propose and defend a sustainable impact investment strategy that uses finance and investment tools to create an innovative solution to an environmental or social challenge. To participate, teams of students must submit a 2-page prospectus outlining their investment strategy and the issues that it addresses by March 14, 2013. The finals will take place at the World Bank in Washington D.C. with Calvert Foundation serving as the host partner.
UNEP World Environment Day takes place annually on the 5th of June. UNEP provides the opportunity for students to submit essays about the featured topic and read essays from other students around the world. Winning essays are featured on the UNEP website and promoted internationally . Themes change yearly; 2013 is Greening the Blue.
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Essay contest top honorees. On the far right is first-place winner Angel Joy Orpilla, 15, and second from the right is second-place winner Luis Antonio Valdez, 14.
Filipino youths were awarded prizes Aug. 7 in an essay contest put on by JICA Philippines Office with the theme “the lives of people in the Philippines and Japanese ODA." More than 170 entries had been received.
The contest for Filipinos ages 11 to 16 was held in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of economic cooperation between Japan and the Philippines and to encourage young people to think about the relationship between the countries and what they can do to maintain and strengthen friendly relations and cooperation.
Angel Joy Orpilla, 15, of Tabuk City National High School in Kalinga Province, won first prize. Her essay "Dumanay Meets JICA" illustrates, from the point of view of an elementary school girl, how life in her mountain village was changed by roads and a power plant built with Japanese assistance.
The second-place winner was Luis Antonio Valdez, age 14, of South Hill School Inc. in Laguna province. He wrote about the project Enhancing Resiliency through Community Participatory Flood Observation for Laguna Lake Basin.
In 1954, the year official development assistance from Japan to the Philippines began, administrative officials of the Philippines went to Japan for training. That was the beginning of economic cooperation between the countries. Since then, Japan has carried out cooperation in various fields based on the pillars of continuous economic growth, stable local infrastructure, a stable production base, and peace and development in Mindanao.
To read the winners’ essays, see below.