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The Summer Sustainability Creativity Challenge is set up to demonstrate that anyone, anywhere can make an impact on saving the ocean. That’s right, even if you’re a Minnesota-ite (or is it Minnesotian?) everything that goes into your watershed will end up in the sea. This contest is also set up to help build awareness as to how much waste we produce that we could otherwise reuse. Who knows, maybe this contest can be practice for when you someday build an entire home out of shipping containers?


August 17th, 2012



(1) Beach Chair Scientist t-shirt (winner’s preference)
(1) Marine science learning packet (coloring book, learning pages, stickers, etc.)
(1) $50.00 gift certificate to your favorite store on Etsy
(1) David Helvarg’s 50 Ways to Save the Ocean (hardcover or e-book, winner’s preference)
The honor and prestige of being the first winner of the Summer Sustainability Creativity Challenge!

The top 10 entries will be featured in a video posted on August 31, 2012.


Each entry should be photographed and emailed to [email protected] no later than midnight EDT on August 17, 2012 (please limit to 4 images at 300 dpi). All images sent will be property of Beach Chair Scientist.

Each entry should be accompanied with a brief statement including: 1) names and ages of the artists, 2) what type(s) of how much of each material(s) were used, 3) any other material(s) used, 4) collection process for gathering material(s), 5) intend of the piece, and 6) favorite anecdote from the while creating the entry for the Summer Sustainability Creativity Challenge. This statement should not exceed 500 words.

Entry can be submitted by any one person or organization. The winner will be notified to the email address that submitted the entry on August 31, 2012.


This year there will be three top entries chosen by a group of five remarkable individuals (2 teachers and 3 non-formal educators that will be introduced later this summer). Their judging will be based on four overall factors: creativity and originality, message and intent, collection process, and lessons learned. On August 24, 2012 these entries will be announced and we’ll launch into an audience participation vote when the voting will close at midnight EDT on August 30, 2012. The winner will be announced August 31, 2012.