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"Sustaining the Valley" contests going on at UMFK

October 26, 2009

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The Center for Rural Sustainable Development (CRSD) at the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) is accepting entries for a logo design contest, a photo contest, and an essay competition, all based on the theme "Sustaining the Valley."     

Contestants must be current UMFK students, faculty or staff; UMFK graduates; or a current resident of the St. John Valley in Aroostook County or adjacent areas of New Brunswick and Quebec.                

The winning logo will be adopted by the CRSD for its website, letterhead, promotional materials, and publications. Entrants may submit up to three logo designs, each with a brief description of its relevance to the Center's purpose. Logo designs must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, December 4, 2009 to be considered for judging.  The winning design along with other top entries will be exhibited during “Earth Week” in April 2010. All submitted designs will be archived for possible use in sustainability programming at UMFK. The contest winner will receive a gift embossed with the logo.                

 The photo contest is a great way for you to express how you see "sustainable development" or more simply "sustainability" in the St. John Valley.  Photographs must be from the St. John Valley in Aroostook County Maine or adjacent areas of New Brunswick and Quebec. Only one photograph per person will be accepted and must be received by Monday, March 8, 2010. The best submissions (up to 20) will be featured at an exhibit at UMFK's Blake Library during “Earth Week” and may be considered for publication in the Aroostook Review.  

Contestants for the essay competition must choose to write about sustainability based on one of the following questions: 1) Why is sustainability important to you, the community, the country, and the world?  2) What should the priorities be for achieving sustainability in the St. John Valley?  3) What are the greatest obstacles to achieving sustainability in the St. John Valley?  4) What's the greatest global challenge facing society: energy and climate change, biodiversity loss, poverty, war, water, population, or something else?   Only one essay per person will be accepted and may be submitted in French or English. The essay must be received by midnight Monday, March 8, 2010.  All submitted essays will be archived for possible use in sustainability programming at UMFK.                                                                                   

"The UMFK staff and contest judges are very much looking forward to seeing expressions of the good work and creativity that ultimately will sustain the Valley for the long haul," notes Center for Rural Sustainable Development Director Brian Kermath.    

Contest eligibility and rules and entry forms are available here: http://www.sustainingplaces.org/ (link no longer available).     

The mission of the CRSD is to encourage, facilitate and guide a sustainability transition in the region by providing resources to stakeholders engaged in efforts to wisely use the region's natural endowment and improve lives, while also taking care to safeguard natural capital and cultural and natural heritage for future generations.      

For more information, please contact the CRSD office (207) 834-8633.