University of Redlands



University of Redlands Sustainability Council


Write a short proposal (500-1,000 words) about a specific idea or action for improving sustainability on the University of Redlands campus.  Subjects can range from green facilities design to innovations for infusing sustainability ideas across the curriculum.  Many other topics are possible.*  

Writers are encouraged to combine creative thinking with realistic assessment of the conditions of feasibility for their proposals.  Why should the University adopt your plan?  In what ways does it contribute to campus sustainability?  Does it appear to be cost-effective and likely to win the support of the campus community?  Are there any major obstacles to its implementation?

Background resources for campus sustainability ideas and actions can be found at:

First Prize:   $150

Second Prize:  $100

Deadline:  March 11 at 5 p.m. (PDT)

Winners will be announced in late March 2019**


  • Open to all currently enrolled students at the University of Redlands.***
  • Plans must include the name(s) of the author(s) and contact information (email address and phone number) at the end of your essay.
  • Length must be approximately 500 - 1,000 words (equivalent to ~2-4 standard pages, 1” margins, double-spaced, using 12-pt. font).
  • Must be original – no long quotations, plagiarized sentences, or closely paraphrased paragraphs of other writers.
  • Essays should be submitted as an attachment to an e-mail message sent to  Attach your document in Word or pdf format.
  • An author is permitted to submit up to two essays, each written in English.
  • Multiple authors of an essay are permitted, but any resulting prize money must be split among them (i.e., 1 cash prize per winning entry).



*Topic areas include:  Curriculum, Facilities and Grounds, Environmental Health & Safety, Food & Dining, Diversity & Equality, Investment, Material & Recycling, Energy & Climate, Purchasing & Procurement, Transportation, Water & Landscaping, Research, Student Life (Co-curricular Education), Affordability & Social Mobility, Fair Trade & Fair Labor, Sustainability Coordination & Governance, Community Service, and Sustainability Teaching & Literacy.

**Winning entries will be posted on-line at the University’s sustainability web site.

***Student members of the University’s Sustainability Council will be allowed to compete but not be involved in reviewing or judging any of the entries.