YKK AP America Launches Green Building Video Contest

AUSTELL, GA — Architects, designers, contractors, manufacturers, students and others interested in green building innovation and showcasing their ideas on video have a shot at a $1,500 grand prize and bragging rights in a contest sponsored by YKK AP America.

Winners of the YKK AP America "Building a Better Tomorrow, Today" YouTube video competition will be announced at the U.S. Green Building Council's annual Greenbuild conference in November.

"We created this video contest to foster the sharing of ideas and innovation in sustainable, green building practices," Oliver Stepe, senior vice president of YKK AP America, said in a statement announcing the competition yesterday.

Contestants have until 11:59 p.m. EDT, October 15, 2010, to submit a video of no more than 120 seconds that features "an idea, design, product, or project on how America can enhance the built environment for generations to come from an energy-savings, green-building, or sustainability perspective," YKK AP says.

In addition to $1,500 in cash, the grand prize includes a $1,000 donation on the winner's behalf to USGBC Philanthropic Programs. Judges also have the discretion to award an Apple iPad to two runners up. Specifics on the contest rules are available from YKK AP.

YKK AP America is the U.S. arm of the global manufacturer of architectural products, YKK AP. Its contest is the latest focusing on green innovation and the built environment.

Others with deadlines this month include the International Interior Design Association-Metropolis Magazine Smart Environments Awards, which requires registration by September 23 and entries by October 6, and General Electric's Ecomagination Challenge, which is accepting entries until September 30 for its $200 million competition conducted in partnership with VC firms Emerald Technology Ventures, Foundation Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and RockPort Capital.

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