Greenbuild 2010: JCI Offers $20K for Best College Videos on Sustainability

Greenbuild 2010: JCI Offers $20K for Best College Videos on Sustainability

Tapping into the growing green movement in colleges and the power of social media, Johnson Controls Inc. is holding a contest for short videos about how to build a more sustainable future.

The four best videos -- one each in categories for community colleges, public four-year institutions, private four-year schools and historically black colleges and universities -- will share $20,000 in prizes ($5,000 for each winning school) and be featured in a mini-documentary. Grand prize entries also are to be showcased at the Energy Efficiency Forum in June 2011 in Washington, D.C.

Students and faculty are eligible to participate in the Johnson Controls Campus Green Scene Video Competition and may enter as many videos as they like -- as long as each entry depicts a different idea or story and is less than two minutes long.

To arrive in the winners' circle, contestants must win the votes of peers online as well as judges selected by Johnson Controls. "This is not a game of chance," the company's content rules declare. "Entries will be judged on their merits and on their ability to collect a high number of votes online."

Entries can be viewed and voted upon at and on Facebook.

Monthly finalists are to be selected through the voting process until April 27, 2011, the last day to submit entries, and are eligible to compete for the grand prizes. The top vote-getter in each category will win a grand prize.

Johnson Controls quietly rolled out the contest in September and announced it last night at an event in Chicago on the eve of the annual U.S. Green Building Council Expo & Conference.

Clay Nesler, Johnson Controls' vice president for global energy and sustainability, and Jim Simpson, the company's director of energy solutions for higher education, detailed the contest at JCI's eighth annual Green Tie Affair, a gathering for customers, strategic partners and NGOs that coincides with Greenbuild.

The company also highlighted recent achievements including:

  • Earning four LEED-Platinum ratings for structures at the firm's corporate headquarters in Glendale -- the most top-level certifications awarded at a single site in USGBC history.
  • Having 1,024 LEED-Accredited Professionals and LEED Green Associates on staff.

Image -- The LEED-Platinum certified Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, courtesy of the university.