Energy essay competition for college students

Submitted by Christy Veeder
2010-10-26 17:49:37

Energy Cities essay competition

The Urban Energy Policy Institute (UEPI) is now accepting entries for its 2011 Energy Cities Essay Competition. this competition will allow students in full or part time degree programs to display their forward thinking and creativity in exploring the energy challenges facing cities and the wider world.

Topics for Research

Address an urban energy policy challenge and propose a solution. You may focus on a specific city of your choosing or discuss challenges facing all urban centers. Broad themes for the essay may include but are not limited to:
Energy Efficiency -- Sustainability -- Generation & Transmission Siting -- Distributed Generation -- Smart Grid -- District Heating & Cooling -- Transportation.


The deadline for submission is January 7, 2011
Must be written in English
All essays must be submitted through the UEPI essay competition form (see below); any essays emailed will not be entered in to the competition
The essay should be a minimum of 2000 words, but no longer than 3000 words
Information should be cited in standard MLA format with sources listed in footnotes or endnotes
Figures and tables included in the essay are acceptable, but not required and do not count towards the length of the essay
The entrant must be at least a half-time student in any accredited university in an undergraduate or graduate program and must be able to validate their status at the time of submission
Entrant must be 18-30 years of age
There are no geographical restrictions on entrants
Group submissions are not allowed and each participant may only submit one essay
All entries become the property of the Urban Energy Policy Institute and will not be returned
Contest winners agree to allow the Urban Energy Policy Institute to post their names and submissions on any of UEPI's affiliated websites with full credit given to the author
Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes
The integrity of the competition will be protected by Plagiarism Detection Software
UEPI reserves the right to extend or suspend the competition pending receipt of a minimum number of quality submissions.
Rules updated as at October 11th 2010.

Selection Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated on their originality, on their political, economic, and technical feasibility, and on their long-term viability. We will evaluate essays on the soundness and originality of your thinking, but we will also consider the ability to present those ideas in a concise, persuasive, and compelling manner.

School Competition Bonus Prize

In addition to the prizes already listed, we are also announcing a prize of $500 to the student energy/environmental club of the academic institution with the most submissions by the deadline of this year's essay competition. The prize will be awarded to the the official student energy/environmental club of the winning academic institution, or if an established student organization does not exist, we will award it to the appropriate department for student benefit.


First Place: $2,500 USD
Runner Up: $1,000 USD
Third Place: $500 USD
Best Undergraduate Paper: $500 USD
School With The Most Submissions: $500 USD

UEPI is a non-profit, non-partisan organization designed to promote awareness of global urban energy policy challenges and contribute to their resolution through the generation of affordable, sustainable and practical ideas. UEPI aims to achieve its goal through the following activities:

· City Level Energy Data: UEPI aims to serve as a repository for city-level energy data. This will prove valuable to academics, policy makers and the business community in better understanding how cities across the world use energy.
· Energy Cities Essay Competition: In September, UEPI launched its annual ‘Energy Cities’ Essay Competition open to university students across the country. The competition aims to draw on fresh solutions to urban energy issues.
· Network of Contributors: UEPI is assembling a network of contributors from the academic and business world to provide a regular flow of policy ideas focused on urban energy issues.

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