Tune In: Spy-themed mini-movie is SMU’s 2011 Green Minute winner

A winner has been selected in SMU’s 2011 Green Minute Video Competition, and his name is Barnard…Lance Barnard.

The first-year student from Sherman Oaks, California, took home the grand prize of an iPad2 for his “Mission: Possible”- themed Green Minute.

In addition, Barnard’s mini-movie – in which he portrays a superspy sleuthing out ways to reduce, reuse and recycle on campus – was screened at TEDxKids @SMU and TEDxSMU on Dec. 2-3.

SMU first-year student Lance Barnard
Lance Barnard

Barnard, who plans to major in finance and psychology, participated in his environmental club in high school and said he entered the video contest because he was looking for ways to get involved in similar activities at SMU.

The second-place winner was Ryan Tanner, a first-year student from Arizona, who received a 22-inch flat-screen TV. Third place went to Anh-Thuy Nguyen of Vietnam, a Master’s degree candidate in Meadows School of the Arts; she received a $50 Starbucks gift card.

Sponsored by the SMU Sustainability Committee, the Green Minute Video Competition is designed to foster concern for the environment in the campus community. Now in its third year, the contest challenges students to produce a one-minute video that encourages environmentally responsible behavior on the Hilltop.

“This contest is as fun for us as it is for the students,” said Eric English, co-chair of the SMU Sustainability Committee. “The videos do a terrific job of spreading the sustainability message on and off campus, and we feature them at various events throughout the year.”

> See all three prize-winning videos courtesy of SMU News Video
> Visit Sustainability @ SMU online

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:

Tune In: Green Minute winner highlights the sense in recycling

SMU Green Minute winner Aleksandra GaworAleksandra Gawor (right), a sophomore majoring in business and anthropology and a member of the Student Technology Assistant in Residence (STARs) team, is the winner of SMU’s Green Minute Video contest. The student contest was sponsored by the SMU Sustainability Committee to increase green awareness on campus.

In her 35-second spot, Gawor uses dry humor and driving music to deliver a common-sense message about recycling. Watch the winning video by clicking the YouTube screen below:

It’s easy being green: 2009 Campus Sustainability Day is Oct. 21

Sustainable SMUSMU students, faculty and staff will gather at the Flagpole at mid-day Oct. 21 for games, giveaways and green tips as the Hilltop celebrate the 7th annual national Campus Sustainability Day.

Members of the University’s Campus Sustainability Committee will moderate a game of Environmental Jeopardy, encourage students to sign a green pledge, and introduce the residence halls’ new team of E-representatives from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Winners of the SMU Green Minute video competition will be announced at noon.

“SMU has a long list of sustainable practices on an institutional level that people just don’t know about,” says Campus Sustainability Chair Michael Paul. “We’d love for people to check out our website at smu.edu/sustainability to find out what we’re doing. And it’s also a good place to find tips for easy things that our community can do to keep SMU green.”

Campus Sustainability Day was founded in 2002 as part of the Society for College and University Planning‘s early efforts to support campus planning for sustainability. Several organizations now join with SCUP to support the event, including the Higher Education Associations’ Sustainability Consortium.

Read about the history of Campus Sustainability Day and see a list of organizations that have participated since 2003 at the Campus Sustainability Day website.

Visit the Sustainability @ SMU website

Tune In: SMU’s green team

The 33 News’ Bob Goosmann visited the Hilltop Sept. 18 for a story on how SMU is making sustainability a way of campus life. “The school has made it very much a hot topic,” said Tony Tomlinson. He and fellow student Jessie Hart spoke with Goosmann for the broadcast.

Meanwhile, SMU students have been invited to enter their videos promoting sustainability to the Green-Minute Video Contest sponsored by the University’s Campus Sustainability Committee. The videos should be G-rated and one minute or less in length and can be shot with any available equipment, including cell phones. First-, second- and third-place winners will receive prizes donated by Green Living Earth Friendly Goods For the Home, Fleetwood’s Kit Kat Cruiser Bike Boutique, Whole Earth Provision Company and Green Spot Market & Fuels.

The deadline for contest submissions is noon Oct. 16, 2009. Winners will be announced on Campus Sustainability Day, Oct. 21.

Click the screen (right) to watch the 33 News video.

Read more on the Green-Minute Video Contest
Visit the Sustainability @ SMU website