Student Video Contest

Campus Energy Student Video Contest

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Launched in 2012, the Campus Energy Student Video Contest challenges students from IDEA member institutions to create a short video (under 3 minutes) featuring their campus energy plant including district energy, combined heat and power (CHP), and/or microgrids. 
Pictured: 2019 winners Jessie Cripton, Yu Jing Tey, and Pratik Bassi from the University of Toronto

Why is District Energy Important on Campuses?

There is no doubt that students are aware of the need to conserve water, to turn off lights when they aren't in the room and to recycle waste materials. But do students know the vital role that your district energy system plays in your college or university's sustainability efforts? District energy systems help campuses by providing improved energy efficiency, enhanced environmental protection, fuel flexibility, reliability, and decreased life-cycle costs compared to traditional energy systems.

How Can I Participate in the Contest?

Any full-time or part-time student from an IDEA member campus can enter the contest by submitting an original video telling the story of the district energy system on your campus! 

Not a student? That's OK! We also need your help to circulate the contest information around your campus to anyone in your student body who might be interested. Hang the informational flyer around campus or email to anyone you think might want more information.

How Will the Submission be Evaluated?

The winning entry will be selected primarily based on the video content. A committee of IDEA Members will evaluate all submissions based on:

  • Educational and informative content
  • Power and clarity of the video's message
  • Originality and creativity 
  • Production quality 

Once all submissions are received, videos will be posted online on IDEA's YouTube channel. Submissions will also be evaluated based on the number of "likes" received by each video on YouTube and shares on other social media platforms. 

For more details, please refer to the contest Rules + Regulations.

Contest Deadlines

Submission Deadline - Friday, December 6

Entries Posted Online - Monday, December 9

Social Media Voting Deadline - Friday, December 13 at 5:00pm EST

Winners Notified - Friday, December 20

Looking for some inspiration?

Check out last year's winner below or click here to see more past winners.

Grand Prize

  • $500
  • Paid airfare + lodging to attend CampusEnergy2020 in Denver, CO from Feb. 10-14, 2020, where you will have the opportunity to meet members of the IDEA Board of Directors and key business leaders in the District Energy Industry
  • Conference registration and paid lodging for a representative from your school to attend the IDEA2020 Annual Conference in Washington D.C. on June 22-25, 2020
  • Public recognition from IDEA for your campus's commitment to reliable, economic, efficient and environmentally sound means of heating, cooling and power

Second Place

  • $250
  • Public recognition from IDEA for your campus's commitment to reliable, economic, efficient and environmentally sound means of heating, cooling and power

Third Place

  • $100
  • Public recognition from IDEA for your campus's commitment to reliable, economic, efficient and environmentally sound means of heating, cooling and power