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Reardon, Allied Waste launch 2nd “Evergreen” essay contest


July 15, 2011

Contest aims to inspire energy ideas, action in Snohomish County youth

Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon invites junior high and High School students to enter the second annual “Living Evergreen” essay contest as part of the Evergreen State Fair’s opening ceremonies on Aug. 25 in Monroe.

Co-sponsored by the Snohomish County Executive Office and partner Allied Waste Services, students are asked to answer questions regarding today’s efforts to remain environmentally sound and produce an essay by Aug. 15 expounding on their personal thoughts and solutions. New to the contest this year, students will have the option of submitting either a written essay or a one to two minute video answering the questions.

“Last year’s essay contest was a success in that it brought forth very strong submissions with exciting possibilities for tomorrow’s leaders,” Reardon said. “I expect we’ll again receive thoughtful ideas and solutions to today’s problems.”

Through this “Living Evergreen” essay contest, a panel of judges will select first-, second- and third-place essays from students entering grades seven through nine and 10 through 12 and one overall video winner. Winners will be recognized and awarded along with their families as guests of the Executive at the Aug. 25 opening ceremony at the Evergreen State Fair.

Allied Waste Services has provided up to $900 in 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 related to renewable energies:

· What is Washington’s current situation regarding renewable energies and how can it be improved?

· What steps can you take in your community and everyday life to support renewable energies and improve the environment?

· What future technical advancements can you imagine for creating more renewable energies in Washington and improving overall sustainability?

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.

“Allied Waste is proud to sponsor this 2nd annual Living Evergreen contest with Executive Aaron Reardon,” said Allied Waste’s Joe Casalini. “Together, we’re trying to foster a community of young people who are creative when it comes to thinking about and managing our resources.”

“There is still so much more we can do to promote greener living while creating new jobs in new industries,” Reardon said. “Ideas such as these can lead to new technologies that one day will make our lives healthier and more enjoyable.”

Written submissions must be between 700 and 1,000 words. Video submissions must be no longer than 2 minutes in length. Both can be emailed to or mailed to the “Living Evergreen” Essay Contest, c/o Nyhus Communications, 720 3rd Avenue, Floor 12, Seattle, WA 98104.

Entries must be received before Aug. 15. For a complete list of contest and submission rules, go to or


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