Students have Oct. 8 deadline (and 60 seconds) for green challenge

Student with video cameraSMU students are urged to “Do One Thing” for green living on campus: create the best one-minute video promoting sustainability on the Hilltop. The University’s 2nd annual Green-Minute Video Contest, sponsored by the Campus Sustainability Committee, has a deadline of noon Oct. 8, 2010, for all entries.

The contest is an offshoot of the national “Do One Thing” campaign, created by advertising gurus Saatchi & Saatchi. The campaign encourages individuals to “live green” in one small way every day, such as biking to class or carrying reusable water bottles. Contest entries should be designed to kick off a “DOT” campaign at SMU and demonstrate how one person can make a difference, say the organizers.

“The contest seeks humor, quirkiness and imagination in a passion for fostering sustainability,” according to the Sustainability@SMU website. Only SMU students are eligible to enter, whether as individuals or teams. All videos must be G-rated and 60 seconds or shorter in length.

Winners of the 2010 contest will be premiered at the TEDxSMU event Oct. 16, as well as posted on the SMU homepage.

The Green-Minute Video Contest “is a good way to reinforce how easy and important it is to keep the campus green,” said Michael Paul, chair of the Campus Sustainability Committee and executive director of SMU Facilities Management and Sustainability. “We think students will be a lot more creative with this than we ever could, and we’ll use their videos to spread the message.”

> Find complete rules at the Sustainability@SMU website
> Watch the 2009 winners: