URI Energy Center to sponsor poster contest on ‘Energy Solutions of the Future’

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Deadline Oct. 23; winners announced at R.I. Energy Expo, Nov. 16

KINGSTON, R.I. – September 18, 2008 – “Energy Solutions of the Future” is the theme of a poster contest for students in grades K-12 sponsored by the University of Rhode Island’s Energy Center.

Winners of the contest will be announced at the Rhode Island Energy Expo, which will be held Nov. 16 at the Ryan Center at URI.

“Our contest encourages students to think about how we might power our homes, cars and businesses in the future, and to create a poster illustrating their ideas,” explained Marion Gold, co-director of the URI Energy Center. “It’s a fun way to get students to be imaginative and think creatively while also focusing their attention on a critical issue that is important to the health of the entire planet.”

Posters can be made using any medium on paper as large as 24-by-36 inches, and they will be judged by an impartial panel on the basis of the poster’s message, originality and overall design.

First, second and third place prizes – including renewable energy toys and iPod Shuffles — will be awarded to winners in four age categories. All of the winning entries, including honorable mention winners, will be exhibited at the Rhode Island Energy Expo.

Any Rhode Island student in grades K-12 is eligible to enter the contest. All entries must be delivered to the URI Outreach Center or postmarked by Oct. 23. For complete contest rules visit www.rienergyexpo.org, email rienergy@etal.uri.edu, or call 401-874-4453.

The Energy Expo will offer innovative and practical strategies to help Rhode Islanders deal with rising energy costs. The event will showcase dozens of local companies exhibiting products and services to help Rhode Islanders bring energy efficiency, renewable energy, and alternative fuels into their homes, businesses and communities. It will also feature high-profile speakers, educational workshops and demonstrations, educational activities for kids, music and food.