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Our Planet, Our Stuff, Our Choice Video Competition Themes and Rules

Important Dates

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Contest Theme and Resources

Our theme for the video competition is "Individual Action in your Community." We are looking for videos that reflect the theme and are based on one or more of these topics that are critical to managing our "stuff:"

To help you get started, we have listed some information and resources for each focus area.

Reducing and reusing includes consuming less, designing products to last longer or use less material, and reusing and repairing products.

Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. By recycling, materials can have many more lives as new products.

Composting is a natural process where waste organic materials (like food and yard waste) are decomposed by microorganisms. The resulting material makes an excellent natural fertilizer.

Consumption and environmental footprint – The products we use and the food we consume have their own environmental footprints due to manufacturing and transportation.  The more we consume, the larger our own environmental footprints.

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Rules and Eligibility

If your video follows the rules and meets the eligibility criteria above, it will be judged by a panel based on creativity, originality, message content, relation to this year's theme, and video/audio quality.

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Frequent Questions

What constitutes "immediate family?"

"Immediate family members" shall include spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents, and grandchildren, whether as "in-laws", or by current or past marriage, remarriage, adoption, co-habitation or other familial extension, and any other persons residing at the same household location, whether or not related.

Can videos be submitted that have already been released to news organizations and other groups?

Yes, although we seek to have the development of new videos, the rules exclude videos that have been previously been published for compensation, ones that are already featured in the EPA Web Pages or any video that would infringe on third party rights. All videos, regardless of when published, must meet all the criteria required to be eligible (i.e. length, ending with www.epa.gov/recycle).

Are EPA employees, contractors, or grantees allowed to assist in the development of the videos (i.e. provide narration, man the camera, act in the video etc.)?

No, to avoid any legal repercussions any video in which EPA employees, contractors or grantees assist will not be eligible to win.

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Privacy Policy

Personal information collected from video submitters to EPA's Our Planet, Our Stuff, Our Choice Video Contest will never be sold. The information collected for this contest will only be used to contact video submitters in direct relation to the contest.

The contest winners' names (and the names of any honorable mentions EPA may select) will be announced publicly, after consultation with the winner and any honorable mentions, as a part of the video contest award recognition process.

All personal information collected through the contest Web site will be destroyed within 6 months of the conclusion of the video contest. Any videos posted to YouTube will be subject to YouTube's privacy policy. Exit EPA

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