Theme: Green Footprints
Choose one of the 8 categories below for your poster
The theme for this year's poster contest is “Green Footprints” and will focus on methods and meanings for lessening our impacts on
the environment and our natural resources, thereby ‘walking with green footprints’. Green footprints can be implemented from the
home scale to global industrial scales. Major topics within this theme are described below.
Category 1 - Carbon Footprints:
This has become a commonly used phrase to indicate a consciousness of carbon consumption and the impacts of carbon usage on
the climate change crisis. Carbon is found in anything organic, including foods and petroleum-based energy sources. Many industrial
processes give off carbon emissions (greenhouse gases) that can damage the atmosphere’s stability or become toxic at high levels.
When the carbon costs of operation are greater than the carbon gains in products, this is not sustainable, neither economically or
Category 2 - Leave No Trace:
This is a nationally and internationally branded wilderness ethic that describes how to camp and hike in our parks and other wild
areas with minimal to no impact on these ecosystems. “Wild areas” are by definition those areas that have had minimal human
influence/impact in comparison to urban environments, and keeping our wilderness areas “wild” will protect wildlife diversity,
protect the supply of the natural resources we depend on in urban environments, and continue to offer rich recreational opportunities.
Category 3 - Going Green:
This slogan represents the business and commercial sector’s response to the need to reduce consumption of natural resources and
operate with a lower-impact footprint. Direct economic benefits, as well as environmental, can result from paying attention to energy
efficiency, sustainable use of local products and renewable resources, water conservation, and recycling, etc.
Category 4 - Green Building:
This is a key method in the field of construction to reduce the impact or ‘footprint’ that a building has on the local environment.
Green roofs can reduce storm water run-off from the building and act as highly effective insulation that reduces heating/cooling costs
inside the building. Rain gardens can also reduce storm water run-off, serve as a source of recycled water for irrigation, and integrate
water management with the surrounding landscape. Sustainably-grown wood and reclaimed construction materials are also part of a
carbon/energy use reduction.
Category 5 - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy:
Using renewable sources of energy, such as solar or wind power or biofuels, lessens our impact on non-renewable energy sources like
petroleum. Energy efficiency extends the amount of time we may actually still be able to use non-renewable energy.
Category 6 - Composting and Recycling:
Re-using both organic and non-organic solid waste is an effective strategy at lessening the impact/footprint on natural resources.
When you recycle, you’re helping to save energy, trees, water and other precious resources. You are reducing climate change, pollu
tion, the need for more landfills, and the costs associated with solid waste collections and disposal.
Category 7 - NatureScape Broward Program:
NatureScape Broward creates and certifies NatureScape sanctuaries throughout Broward County. They are “Florida Friendly” yards
and landscapes that conserve water by using native plants and can be created across the county in backyards, schoolyards, work
places and communities.
Category 8 - Green Shopping:
Green shopping is a major part of completing the recycling loop. Though grocery and household items make up the bulk of our
spending habits, they aren’t the only areas to focus on. Products made from recycled goods and making sure our big purchases
(washer, dryer, etc.) are energy-efficient are just a few of the many ways our dollars can reduce environmental impacts. Buying in
bulk, avoiding small packages, and using reusable shopping bags make a big difference.
This year’s contest supports Grade Level Expectations for Science:
Grades 6-8, Sunshine State Standard 2, Benchmark SC.D.2.3;
Grades 3-5, Sunshine State Standard 2, Benchmark SC.D.2.2;
Grades K-2, Sunshine State Standard 2, Benchmark SC.D.2.1.
• All entries must be received by the Broward County Air Quality Program by April 3, 2009.
• Posters may be sent via School Board Pony to:
Attn: Air Quality, c/o Dianne Sepielli, Character Education Initiative,
600 SE 3rd Ave., 7th Floor, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for other options.
• Prizes will be awarded in a televised Broward County Commission meeting in May, 2009.
• Winners will be selected in three categories: K-2nd, 3rd-5th and 6th-8th.
• Contest is open to all students from Broward County Elementary and Middle Schools.
• Students are encouraged to include an original slogan or title on their posters. At a minimum, students should include the
theme title on the poster.
• Poster size: no larger than 12 inches X 18 inches. Smaller sizes are acceptable as well.
• Please do not fold posters. Entries must be mailed flat and must not be folded, matted or mounted.
• Poster orientation: Landscape
• The student’s name, school, grade level, and teacher’s name must be written on the back of the poster.
• Only original work will be considered.
Winning entries will be featured in the 2010 Clean Air calendar. Posters submitted for the contest may
be used for educational purposes (displays, internet, etc.), and will become the property of Broward
Entries will be judged using the following criteria:
Effectiveness & Relevance to theme (75%):
Does the poster effectively illustrate one of the green footprint themes? Does the poster clearly express an environmental message?
Creativity & Neatness (25%):
Does the student use creative forms of expression? Is the poster neat and easily understood? How much time and effort does the
If you have any questions regarding the 2009 Poster Contest or have any comments, call 954-519-1220 or e-mail
email@example.com. You can also visit our web site at www.broward.org/kids/environment.htm