Kean to Launch its First Sustainability Essay Contest

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UNION—Kean University is seeking budding environmentalists to participate in a sustainability essay contest.

High school students across New Jersey are invited to write essays describing the most pressing sustainability issues in New Jersey, the United States and the world. The student compositions should influence public opinion, articulate how sustainability issues will impact society’s understanding and attitudes and offer solutions to address sustainability that can be implemented within the next decade.


The essays will be judged on originality, demonstrated understanding of sustainability principles and concepts, grammar, syntax and spelling.
Essays will be judged anonymously and winners will be determined by a committee of faculty members from the College of Natural, Applied and Health Services at Kean. The contest’s first-place winner will receive $1,000; second place, $500; third place, $250; fourth place, $125.

Essays must be composed in English with no less than 3,000 or more than 6,000 words. They must be original documents that have not been published. The papers must be formatted in Microsoft Word using Arial Narrow 10 point font, double spaced line spacing, and 1 inch margins on all sides. Students must place their names in a page header and include appropriate citations for referenced materials using APA Publication manual formatting.

Winners will be notified of the results April 15, 2010. Results will be announced publicly April 22, 2010, the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
Entries must be transmitted electronically to by 5 p.m. on Feb. 22, 2010.

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