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Climate Matters Contest

Compact Fluorescent Bulb How are YOU committed?

How are YOU committed to reducing your carbon footprint?  Students, faculty and staff around campus are taking action to reduce their energy use and help Bowdoin reach its goal of carbon neutrality by 2020.  

The How are YOU committed short film contest sponsored by the Climate Commitment Advisory Committee (CCAC) is your chance to show the rest of campus what you're doing to help out or what sustainability at Bowdoin means to you. The top five entries will receive prizes and all submissions will be shown at the 2nd Annual Locavore Dinner at Thorne on April 22nd. 

  1. All films must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, April 8th.
  2. If you need training, a video editing workshop will be offered April 2 in Coles 2 South. Sign up below. 
  3. Contest winners will be notified by Friday, April 16th.


Each person who submits a film will receive a "Polar Bears Against Climate Change" T-shirt. Prizes include a one-year membership to Zip Car, a pair of roundtrip Amtrak tickets between Portland and Boston, a Bowdoin travel mug, and a Bowdoin organic grocery bag.

Entry rules:

  • Submissions must be 2 minutes or less in length.
  • Submissions must be related to climate action or sustainability at Bowdoin. (Please, no films about dying polar bears!) Creativity is highly encouraged.
  • Films should be submitted on a DVD to Keisha Payson's office in Rhodes Hall, 725-3086. Please check it to make sure it plays from beginning to end with no problems before you submit. If you need help burning a DVD, contact Rebecca Goldfine, 798-4162.
  • Save your movie files on an external hard drive (you may borrow one from the loaner pool). After you've submitted your DVD, please make arrangements with Rebecca Goldfine so she can copy your files.
  • If you are interested in participating but have no prior film making experience, that's okay! Attend a tutorial April 2 with IT staff to learn the basics of what you'll need to make a winning submission. Sign up online.
  • By entering the contest, you give the college permission to publish your submission on the Bowdoin website, YouTube and Facebook pages and other sites.
  • The CCAC reserves the right not to show any submission.