EPA seeks a video star, too


Last week I wrote about a video contest being sponsored by the General Services Administration, which is offering $2,500 to the person who best extols the virtues of the government’s information portal, www.usa.gov, through a 30- to 90-second video.

Not to be outdone, the Environmental Protection Agency is also getting into the act.

EPA yesterday launched a contest seeking videos that raise awareness about environmental justice, which EPA defines as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.”

Examples could include a music video about climate change or an interview about a successful environmental justice project that has made a community a healthier and happier place to live, EPA suggests.

EPA will hand out cash awards of between $1,000 and $2,500 for the top three 30- to 60-second public service announcements and 3- to 5-minute informational videos. It’s also offering $500 awards for the best videos submitted by students.

Videos must be submitted before midnight April 8. EPA will announce the winners to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day (which, by the way, was the subject of last year’s EPA contest).


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