Campus Energy Student Video Contest


One of our favorite events is back!

After a two-year hiatus, IDEA is pleased to announce that we are bringing back the IDEA Campus Student Video Contest.

Over the years, students from IDEA member campuses across North America have inspired us with innovative and exceptionally creative short videos about their campus systems. The videos are always a hit with our community and the unveiling of the winning submissions at our CampusEnergy conference is an event highlight. Best of all, these amazing videos are unique opportunities to promote the value of district energy to communities and campuses across the world. We can’t wait to see what you come up with this year!

View Official Student Video Flyer

A Contest Designed to Inspire Student Engagement

The primary goal of the Campus Energy Student Video Contest is to enhance general awareness among students of how their institutions’ district energy systems and their operators provide a reliable, economic, efficient and environmentally sound means of heating, cooling and powering their campuses. In turn, these videos, when shared globally throughout our networks, help showcase the value of district energy to the communities they serve.

The deadline for submitting your video is Wednesday, December 14, 2022. You are encouraged to be as creative as you like! Winners will be notified by Friday, January 13, 2023. 

Now, let's get into the details!

2020 Winners: University of Cincinnati

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The Basics

Entrants will create a video, three minutes or less, about their campus energy system, with a central focus on the role of district energy in their institutions’ sustainability efforts. The video is due to IDEA by Wednesday, December 14, 2022. Upon receiving, IDEA will publish it on our YouTube page.

After IDEA publishes the video, entrants will be asked to promote it on their institution's and their personal social media channels until Friday, December 30, to see who can encourage the most followers, colleagues and friends to like/comment on the video. 

A select Student Video Evaluation Committee of senior IDEA members will then review the submissions and rank them based on content, message, quality and likes/comments received when they shared their video.

The committee will then select a Grand Prize winner, along with second and third place awardees as well, with official notification to winners on Friday, January 13, 2023. The three winners will be announced to the public at CampusEnergy2023 in Grapevine, TX, held February 27-March 2, 2023.

Rules and Regulations

  • Entrants must be students enrolled full-time or part-time in colleges and universities that are Members in Good Standing of the International District Energy Association for calendar years 2022-23.
  • Entrants’ submissions must be approved by an individual who is on the Facilities or Utilities staff of their institution.
  • All submitted video entries will remain the property of the International District Energy Association and all entrants must allow IDEA permission to use their submission for public education.
There's other fine print as well - please click the link below for official rules and regulations. 
Rules and Regulations

How To Submit

Videos may be submitted in one of the following ways:

Option One: Send your video as an .mp4 file to jason.idea@districtenergy.org with ‘CampusEnergy2023 Student Video Contest’ in the subject line. If your file is over 10MB, please send via file transfer service like WeTransfer.


Option Two: Mail your completed entry form and a hard copy of your video on a CD, DVD or flash drive to:

CampusEnergy2023 Student Video Contest
International District Energy Association
1800 West Park Drive, Suite 350
Westborough, MA 01581

Submission Instructions

Official Entry Form

Selection Process

The videos will be selected primarily on the basis of content, educational value and production quality. The secondary criteria in the selection process will be the success of your social media campaigns to spread awareness about district energy and its role in campus sustainability.

Primary Selection Criteria
Content
---- Educational and informative content
Message
---- Power and clarity of message
---- How well the content is conveyed
Quality
---- Originality and creativity of content
---- Production quality
Secondary Selection Criteria
---- Social Media Campaign
---- The number of “likes” received by your video on the IDEA YouTube page will be recorded
---- Engagement on other social media platforms to direct viewers to the YouTube video

Read about the Selection Process


Prizes

GRAND PRIZE
• The student(s) who created the winning video will receive $500 and paid airfare + lodging to attend CampusEnergy2023 in Grapevine, TX from February 27-March 2, 2023, where you will have the opportunity to meet with members of the IDEA Board of Directors and key business leaders in the District Energy Industry.
• The Facilities or Utilities department of the entrant’s institution will receive 1 free conference registration and paid lodging for up to 4 nights to attend the IDEA2023 Annual Conference in Chicago, IL on June 5-8, 2023.
• The entrant’s College/University will receive public recognition from IDEA through social media and a formal press release for their commitment to reliable, economic, efficient and environmentally sound means of heating, cooling and powering their campuses.

SECOND PLACE
• The student(s) who created the second place video will receive $250.
• The entrant’s College/University will receive public recognition from IDEA through social media for their commitment to reliable, economic, efficient and environmentally sound means of heating, cooling and powering their campuses.

THIRD PLACE
• The student(s) who created the third place video will receive $100.
• The entrant’s College/University will receive public recognition from IDEA through social media for their commitment to reliable, economic, efficient and environmentally sound means of heating, cooling and powering their campus.