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Back to the Future? Sustainability and NYC

Imagine going to sleep and waking up 30 years later. What would sustainability in New York City look like?

Recent SIPA grad Roberto Leal (MPA ESP ’11) looks insightfully ahead in an essay submitted to “Energy for Tomorrow,” an online debate and competition sponsored by Time, Fortune and Shell. Writers were asked to explore energy innovations in the urban environment and how they will affect consumer behavior. Leal’s essay has advanced to the final round.

Leal tells the story of a student who wakes up in the future “to find a sustainable urban environment where consumer trends have adapted to environmental demands: environmentally friendly transport is fuelled by clean energy, new innovations in the power sector have resulted in its decentralization, renewable energy abounds and everyday products are grown in urban farms.” Scholarship Program

house-underwaterDo you ever talk to your TV?  I know that sounds like a strange question, but when I am watching the news I will often shout out my suggestions for policy reform.  Of course the TV news people cannot hear me, but if I get riled up I just have to let it out.

Well, if you have an opinion on how to address what many have labeled ‘the foreclosure crisis’ in America, you can do more than talk to your TV, you can write about your ideas and possibly win a scholarship.

The Scholarship Program encourages students to offer innovative ideas and solutions to ‘solve the foreclosure crisis’ in the form of an essay. Essay submissions must be between 1,000 and 2,500 words and all accepted freshman and enrolled under-graduate and graduate-students are eligible to apply.

The basic details are as follows:

  • Deadline: Dec. 31, 2009
  • Requirements:  Original, previously unpublished work. Minimum 1,000 words, maximum 2,500.
  • Awards: Five winners will be selected. Top prize $5,000, second through fifth will receive $1,000 each.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

For full details click here.

The Y2Y Global Youth Conference 2009 Essay Competition

The World Bank has been featured on this site before as an organization with opportunities for policy minded people.  We featured their Junior Professional Associates Program in a previous entry and we just became aware of another opportunity through the World Bank Youth 2 Youth Community (Y2Y).  Y2Y is sponsoring an essay competition on youth entrepreneurship. The focus on the essay is to elaborate on the following questions:

What are the constraints to youth entrepreneurship in your country? Has the global crisis changed the dynamics? How can governments help young entrepreneurs to create and further develop their social and productive ventures?

Full details on the competition can be found on the Y2Y Web site. The deadline to apply is September 22nd.  Winning a competition like this certainly would look good on a résumé  submitted as part of SIPA application . . .

"The most global public policy school, where an international community of students and faculty address world challenges."

—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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