Friday, August 28, 2015

Student Opportunities: Greenbuild Conference and NRDC soil essay contest

Welcome back, students. The fall term has barely begun and opportunities are already presenting themselves! 

Greenbuild Conference seeking volunteers
Greenbuild is premier conference and expo for the green building movement, will be hosted in Washington, D.C. Nov. 18 -19 with an anticipated 35,000 attendees. Students can attend the conference if they work 8 hours, in a variety of positions from ensuring the sessions are running properly to keeping time. Sign up here. Volunteer schedules can be customized around your school schedule.

Greenbuild provides students between the ages of 18 and 25 who are either a full-time student or a young professional with the opportunity to volunteer and receive free admission ($300 value!) to the conference. Volunteers are only required to work for 8 hours, and in exchange they will receive admission to over 100 education sessions, the ability to network with industry professionals, and view current and upcoming green products on the Expo floor.

NRDC Voices of the Soil video essay contest 
2015 is the International Year of Soils, and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Lexicon of Sustainability are  hosting a contest for young farmers, agricultural students, or any young person who appreciates the value of healthy soil. The contest is open to any U.S. citizen between the age of 18 and 28 who loves soil and is pursuing an education or career in agriculture, environmental science, or other related fields.

Contestants may submit a two-minute video essay less than 5 minutes in length and/or a written essay between 700 and 1000 words by September 8, 2015. Write your essay or make your video by answering one of more of the following questions:
  1. Why is soil health important to you and your community?
  2. What is the important relationship between soil carbon sequestration and a healthy climate?
  3. Why is the relationship between soil and water important?
Visit the webpage at Lexicon of Sustainability for complete instructions and to submit your work. Eight winners will be selected by mid-September and a total of $5,000 in prizes will be awarded. Learn more about the contest. 

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