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Sustainability Essay Contest

Write an essay about sustainability for a chance at a $1000 college scholarship.

May 15, 2023 – November 3, 2023

Who: High School Students
What: Write an essay on a sustainable construction-related topic for a chance at over $1500 in college scholarships
When: Accepting Entries beginning May 15
Why: Participating students will learn about sustainability in the construction industry, develop research skills to understand a problem and why it’s important, think creatively about a solution and argue a case for it, and consider the roadblocks to getting solutions in place.
How: Submit your information below for more details and access your submission form.

Good Luck! Three winners will be announced late this year.

High School Sustainability Essay Contest | Applied Software, GRAITEC Group

Suggested Areas of Focus

We are sharing several prompts to choose from and inspire you, but don’t limit your thinking to only these ideas.

  1. The AEC industry needs more bright minds to develop buildings of the future.
    Where is the greatest need for additional workers? Is it on construction sites, in engineering and design firms, or in facility management? What advantages or aspects of these jobs would interest students to pursue these careers? How would YOU get your friends interested in learning more about careers in Sustainable Construction?
  2. Schools: What’s the environmental impact of your high school? Or all the facilities in your entire school district. How can your school lower its/their impact? Water, waste, and energy reduction? Solar panels on the roof?
  3. There’s probably a lot of new commercial construction in your area. How does it impact your community and can it be done differently to reduce negative impacts? What environmental changes are happening? Removing the natural environment, replacing fields and trees with hardscapes like buildings and paved areas that don’t absorb rainwater?
  4. Sustainable construction technology is advancing quickly. What’s one product or group of products that haven’t been updated to meet cleaner environmental standards? What product is ripe for innovation? Why is it impactful and what’s the upside to changing it? How would you make it better?
  5. Come up with your own idea! Just be sure you follow the 4 required sections and focus on a problem or opportunity within Architecture, Design, Engineering, Construction, or Facility Management and how advances in sustainability measures could solve it.

How to Enter

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