Sustainable CUNY Video Contest

April 9, 2013

Behavioral changes can sometimes be the most difficulty to achieve in the short run, but once new habits are adopted by the current generation they can become status quo. In order to raise awareness on behavioral changes that can have a tremendous impact on energy savings Sustainable CUNY is sponsoring a video contest that is open to CUNY staff, faculty and students with the winning selection based on creativity, impact and number of views. Cash Prizes: First Place $500; Second Place $300; Third Place $200.Sustainable CUNY Video Contest

The theme for the Contest is:

“The One Degree Difference (on a thermostat)”

Deadline: April 12th, 2013

Winner announced Earth Day, April 22, 2012

Lehman College 1 Degree 1 World, Make a Difference
Lehman College OneDegree

  • Videos should be 2 minutes or less
  • Upload the video to You Tube and email the link to
  • Include your college, contact information, crew and cast (if any) in your email
  • Multiple submissions are welcome as is humor, song, dance, flash mobs or just the facts to get the message across.
  • Solo submissions or broad collaborations.

 Contestants are encouraged to promote their video using social media to increase viewership

Sustainable CUNY is leading a transformational change on CUNY campuses through the CUNY Sustainability Project. Campus Sustainability plans developed over the last several years on CUNY’s 19 campuses have identified over 800 specific actions in key areas. The Campus Sustainability plans now serve as a blueprint for Sustainable CUNY Conserves, a University wide effort to reduce energy consumption, spend less money on utilities and use the savings to support other campus efforts. Sustainable CUNY is helping the campuses to meet this challenge by providing a platform for shared ideas on best practices, training, software assistance, and a two million dollar investment fund in addition to providing assistance on implementing the Campus Sustainability Plans. Installing comprehensive building management systems, new chillers or lighting controls require investments in order to meet energy budgets. However, some changes, such as adjusting cooling or heating temperatures one degree, require no investments and could save CUNY and your college over a million dollars a year. Simple adjustments like these require educating those affected and changing expectations.