Environmental Sustainability Contest

The office of Admission hosts our first ever Environmental Sustainability Contest!

Join us in caring:

At Saint Michael’s College we are dedicated to supporting a healthy, thriving environment and working to establish ethical forms of engagement in both academia and our personal lives.

It is our belief that considerations for the environment must be had in every major discipline, and it is our hope to engage with like-minded students to develop creative and mindful approaches to sustainability across those disciplines.

Through the Saint Michael’s College Environmental Sustainability Contest, students will select the discipline of their choice and submit a project for evaluation by a cohort of faculty members passionate about this cause.

Each cohort will work together to review all submissions, and will select two finalists from each discipline. The category winners will be announced at our Fall Open House on October 17th — but be sure to register for the Center for the Environment Open House on October 3rd!

If you would like to participate, you must have your full project submitted to us by the end of the day on Sunday, October 11th, using the submission forms located on this page. All students who submit a project will receive a participation prize, and each first-place winner will receive $100 to be donated to a local Food Bank of their choice.

If you have any questions about participating please reach out to our office at admission@smcvt.edu. We look forward to seeing your creativity in action!

Categories for Submissions

Have you ever looked upon a bin filled with recyclable materials and thought, “I wonder what curious form these items could take …“? No? Well, now is your chance! By using discarded materials such as rubbish or recycling, we can create art which provokes thought on human consumption and its impact on the environment. However, perhaps playing with recyclables isn’t the art form you were hoping to take. Feel free to get your creative gears churning! We’re open to any form of artist expression: visual art, lyric, poetry, sculpture, painting, installation, you name it! 

Note: Please be sure to cite all resources you use or reference for this project.

To submit your project, click here!

Within environmental disciplines, we look to those who came before us who have reflected on the world we share: Aldo Leopold, John Muir, Rachel Carson, Wangari Maathai, and so many others, have presented new lenses and concepts to consider within the environmental movement. Some reflect on our relationship to land or animals, while others examine relationships to other humans or policy. In homage to their work, we would love to see your reflections on the world as you know it. In a written submission, be it an essay, poem, or lyric, share with us something that guides you through your work as a young environmentalist. 

Note: Please be sure to cite all resources you use or reference for this project.

To submit your project, click here!

Every day we hear about different businesses and the negative impact they have on the environment. This is your chance to flip the script and create a business plan that does the opposite. With the Triple Bottom Line (People, Profit, & Planet) in mind, create a sustainability plan that helps the environment and holds your company accountable! To support you in this, we’ve created this template that you may utilize to help build this plan. 

Note: Please be sure to cite all resources you use or reference for this project.

To submit your project, click here!

According to the EPA, environmental justice is 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.” This concept exists because of systemic inequity that disproportionately affects these historically marginalized groups. Using a quantitative approach, demonstrate the inequity of current environmental policies, and explain an alternative model that has potential to reform this issue to some extent.  

Alternatively, feel free to use this opportunity to dig into more general environmental issues as they relate to STEM. Let’s look into the science behind climate change. For example, you may prepare a slideshow documenting the ever increasing rate of glacier ice-melt; or maybe you’re particularly concerned by the migration changes of dolphins due to warming sea temperatures. There is much to be known about this changing world, and we’d be interested to see what you learn!

Note: Please be sure to cite all resources you use or reference for this project.

To submit your project, click here!