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Reardon, Allied Waste launch “green living” essay contest

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Published on Tue, Jul 20, 2010 by JOURNAL STAFF

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Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon invites junior high and high school students to enter the “Living Evergreen” essay contest as part of the upcoming Evergreen State Fair.

Co-sponsored by the Snohomish County Executive Office and partner Allied Waste Services, students are asked to tackle tough questions facing today’s efforts to remain environmentally sound and produce an essay expounding on their personal thoughts and solutions.

“Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders, and they will be responsible for solving the next generation of environmental questions through individual initiative and technology,” Reardon said. “It’s important that we begin this discussion with them today, and this essay contest is one attempt to do so.”

Through this “Living Evergreen” essay contest, a panel of three judges will select first-, second- and third-place essays from students entering grades seven through nine and 10 through 12.

Winners will be recognized and awarded along with their families as guests of the Executive at the Aug. 26 opening ceremony of the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe.

Allied Waste Services has provided U.S. Treasury bonds as prizes, with each first-place winner receiving a $200 U.S. Treasury bond.

Students are challenged to answer one of the following questions:
•  What steps can you take in your everyday life to enhance and maintain the environment and improve sustainability?
•    What current technology and green-living practices do you and your family use today that helps improve the environment, and what impacts do you think this makes on the environment?
•   What future technical advancements can you imagine for solving current environmental and sustainability challenges?

During last year’s opening ceremony, leaders from Allied Waste Services discussed their renewable energy project in Klickitat County, which is fueled by waste from Snohomish County.
Together, the two entities have found a way to reduce the impacts of the county’s waste stream on the environment.

“It is ideas such as these that make our lives healthier and more enjoyable,” Reardon said. “Yet, there is still much more we can do to promote greener living while creating new jobs in new industries.”

Submissions must be between 700-1,000 words and can be emailed to or mailed to the “Living Evergreen” Essay Contest, c/o Nyhus Communications, 1525 Fourth Ave., Suite 400, Seattle, WA 98109.
Entries must be received before Aug. 16. For a complete list of rules for the essay contest, go to Contact with questions or clarification requests. Educators and program leaders may also contact with further questions.

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