Local youth invited to enter ‘Living Evergreen’ essay contest

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Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon invites middle and high school students to enter the second annual “Living Evergreen” essay contest as part of the Evergreen State Fair’s opening ceremonies on Aug. 25 in Monroe.

Co-sponsored by the Snohomish County Executive Office and partner Allied Waste Services, students are asked to express their thoughts about environmental issues and solutions in a written essay or one- to two-minute video. The deadline for submissions is Aug. 15.

“Last year’s essay contest was a success in that it brought forth very strong submissions with exciting possibilities for tomorrow’s leaders,” Reardon said. “I expect we’ll again receive thoughtful ideas and solutions to today’s problems.”

Through the “Living Evergreen” essay contest, a panel of judges will select first-, second- and third-place essays from students in two categories: those entering grades 7-9 and grades 10-12 and one overall video winner. Winners will be recognized along with their families as guests of Executive Reardon at the Aug. 25 opening ceremony at the Evergreen State Fair.  Allied Waste Services has provided up to $900 in U.S. Treasury bonds as prizes, with each first-place winner receiving a $200 U.S. Treasury bond.

Students are challenged to answer one of the following questions related to renewable energy:

·         What is Washington’s current situation regarding renewable energies and how can it be improved? 

·         What steps can you take in your community and everyday life to support renewable energies and improve the environment? 

 ·         What future technical advancements can you imagine for creating more renewable energies in Washington and improving overall sustainability? 

During last year’s opening ceremony, leaders from Allied Waste Services discussed their renewable energy project in Klickitat County, which is fueled by waste from Snohomish County. Together, the two entities have found a way to reduce the impacts of the county’s waste stream on the environment.

Written submissions must be between 700 and 1,000 words and video submissions must be no longer than two minutes. Both can be emailed to livingevergreen@nyhus.com or mailed to the “Living Evergreen” Essay Contest, c/o Nyhus Communications, 720 3rd Ave., Floor 12, Seattle, WA 98104. Entries must be received before Aug. 15.

For a complete list of contest and submission rules, go to bit.ly/livingevergreen or www.evergreenfair.org.

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