YPG Blog Competition 2019

***Deadline extended***

The 2019 ISWA YPG Blog-writing Competition, ‘From dumpsites to a circular economy: how do we get there?’  is now open.

 

The International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Young Professionals Group (YPG) calls on young professionals and students from around the world to create a blog post exploring how we could make the transition towards zero waste communities. Take part to win a full scholarship to attend the ISWA-SWIS Winter School 2020.

The theme of this year’s competition, ‘From dumpsites to a circular economy: how do we get there?’, is a challenge for all of us to join the ongoing discussion aimed at improving waste and resource management-  minimise waste generation and reduce our impact on the planet. This competition fits perfectly with the ISWA YPG’s 2019 flagship project ‘Closing dumpsite, WE CARE’ which is a global campaign to raise awareness about dumpsites, its diverse impacts on our environment, and is equally important for the safety of the people living around these sites.

Bloggers are challenged to envision how individuals and communities can recycle more in order to progress towards a world without waste. Suggested themes are:

  • Circular economy;

  • Dumpsites closure and rehabilitation;

  • Waste management best practices;

  • How innovation and technologies can be utilised to introduce effective and smart waste management systems; and

  • Community solutions to waste

Entries should be original, engaging, passionate, and no longer than 600 words. Participants can increase their chances of winning by promoting their posts on social media, as the resonance of blogs will be considered by the judges.

Competition awards:

  • 1st place  - a full scholarship to the ISWA Winter School 2020

  • 2nd place – ISWA Membership for two years

  • 3rd place – ISWA Membership for one year

Timeline:

  • The launch of the competition: 15th May 2019

  • The deadline for submitting entries: 15th August 2019

  • Winners will be notified by mid-September 2019

Entry requirements

  • Entries must be in English. Writing should be concise and correct. Submissions should be written in English. British or American spelling is accepted if used consistently throughout the post.

  • Entrants must be between 18 and 35 years of age.

  • Entries must be submitted by the author and not on someone else’s behalf

  • It is not a requirement to be a member of ISWA. However, participants (especially those who are considering a career in the waste industry) are encouraged to join ISWA to access invaluable benefits and support to progress in their careers. Discounted participation rates to ISWA events and Congresses are available to students.

How to enter

In order to enter the competition, bloggers should:

  • Write a compelling blog post (up to 600 words) on this year's theme, ‘From dumpsites to a circular economy: how do we get there?’.
  • Post the blog post on Facebook, your own website, or LinkedIn. Participants MUST do the following:
  1. Make sure that the post can be viewed by the public. Follow this link to learn how to make a specific post public on Facebook.

  2. Include the following text at the end of the post.

This blog has been submitted to the 2019 ISWA YPG Blog-writing Competition. The ISWA Young Professionals Group is dedicated to (and coordinated by) young professionals in order to encourage them to be proactive and support them in building their careers in the waste industry.

#YPGblog2019 #ISWAClosingDumpsites 

  1. Send your post and a short biography (50 words) in two separate word documents by email to ypgprojects(at)iswa.org. Please make sure to include the following info in your email: Name, Email, Age, Address and job/university. The email’s subject links should follow the following format: [YPGblog2019]_First Name_Last Name

  2. No responsibility is accepted for entries that are disqualified or which are not received for whatever reason.

 

Assessment criteria

Qualified entries will undergo a full process of double-blind assessment. Reviewers’ scores will be weighted to represent 70% of the total score. The remaining 30% will be calculated based on the number of shares and likes in the original post shared by the participant, received by the 31st of August 2019.

 

 

Copyright, privacy, and liability

 

Copyright in the blog(s) remains with the authors.

However, by submitting an entry the entrant gives full rights to ISWA YPG for publication and use of the entry on the ISWA and ISWA YPG website or elsewhere in whatever medium, language, performance, broadcast or form. This license does not preclude the author publishing the blog on their own personal named website or personal named blog pages.

The authors of the best Blog will be awarded a full scholarship to attend the ISWA-SWIS Winter School (to be held at University of Texas at Arlington in 2020).

We reserve the right to modify, suspend, cancel or terminate the competition which shall be notified.

 

ABOUT ISWA YPG

The International Solid Waste Association Young Professionals Group (YPG) was founded in 2013. It is dedicated to (and coordinated by) young professionals in order to encourage them to be proactive and support them in building their careers in the waste industry. Our members enjoy a variety of activities. Examples of projects delivered by ISWA’s YPG are the ISWA’s Mentorship Programme, events, and online thematic discussions.