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Essay Contest: How to Protect the Planet?

green_pencils352Essay Requirement: 1,000 to 1,500 word “op-ed” essay. Level: High school students and K-12 teachers. Deadline: Dec. 31, 2010. Prizes: $250 – $75 Amazon Gift Certificate.

Carnegie Council Annual Student Competition

ESSAY QUESTION: How would you improve your school so that it prepares future leaders to protect the planet?

The Carnegie Council announces its second Annual Student Essay Competition. This year, the competition is open to teachers as well as students.

Can we build a future in which society lives in harmony with the environment? That’s the core question behind the sustainability movement. Instead of focusing narrowly on possible future catastrophes, people must also imagine what the world should look like.

That is how innovations are born.

As students and teachers, you shape our future. How can you ensure that the interests of the environment, business, and society work together, not against each other? Start now by imagining how to improve your school.


  • Style: “Op-ed” style (not academic, foot-noted papers).
  • Length: 1,000 to 1,500 words.
  • Format: Word document, or email. English-language entries only.



All teachers, at whatever level, are eligible.

All students are eligible, from high school through graduate school. Non-students are automatically disqualified.

How to Enter

Please email your entries to: Please include your full name, address, email, age, and student affiliation.


1st prize: $250 Amazon Gift Certificate

2nd prize: $150 Amazon Gift Certificate

3rd prize: $75 Amazon Gift Certificate

All winners also receive a copy of Ethics & International Affairs: A Reader

This contest is part of the Council’s second annual SEPTEMBER SUSTAINABILITY MONTH, which kicks off a year of events and resources on sustainability. Generous funding of the Carnegie Council’s 2010–2011 sustainability programming has been provided by Hewlett-Packard and by Booz & Company.

For more information, please see the Policy Innovations

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