SmartPower selected the top five nominees who are now awaiting the final results from the judging panel of energy experts, including representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 16.
The remaining five competing for the title include (clockwise from the top left) Katie Romanov of Middlebury College, Chris Castro of the University of Central Florida, Brett Edwards, a student at the California Polytechnic State University known as the eco-conscious rapper “Mr. Eco,” Casey Fangmann of Iowa State University, and Elliott Beenk of the University of Iowa.
SmartPower would be proud to have any one of the five young energy leaders come to Washington, D.C., for a summer fellowship — just one of many awards America’s Next Eco-Star will receive. As a summer fellow at SmartPower, America’s Next Eco-Star will gain first-hand marketing experience and help SmartPower design and implement future youth energy efficiency campaigns.
Each of the five has shown an extraordinary commitment to sustainability, exemplary in their campaigning efforts for America’s Next Eco-Star. Elliot Beenk and Casey Fangmann, both from Iowa, led an aggressive media approach, resulting in their featured article in The Gazette. Eco-rapper Brett Edwards was featured on a local TV news station for his environmental music videos that parody popular rap songs.
SmartPower, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, has launched a nationwide campus search for eco-savvy individuals who will compete in an online video competition to earn the title of America’s Next Eco-Star. The title requires a commitment to energy efficiency and campus sustainability, in addition to strong storytelling and video skills.
Students are nominated by campus sustainability directors — each director can nominate up to three students, administrators or faculty members — and the nominees can then submit videos through our competition app on Facebook.
The ultimate prize includes an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2012 Sustainable Futures Academy at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria and a summer fellowship in SmartPower’s Washington, D.C., office. The winning contestant’s campus sustainability director will receive $1,000 to spend on school sustainability efforts - not to mention complete bragging rights!
For more information about the competition, visit the competition website: www.americasnextecostar.com.