The Igniting Creative Energy (ICE) Challenge, a national competition for kindergarten through twelfth grade students to share ideas about wise energy choices and environmental stewardship, is celebrating its tenth year. To mark this milestone, Johnson Controls and Kohler Co., the competition’s sponsors, announced the addition of ICE Water, a new category for the competition that aims to also educate student about water conservation.
Water efficiency is a growing concern. According to a 2008 study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, nearly 36 states expect water shortages within the next five years. Accordingly, ICE Water will encourage teachers to include water into their classroom discussions about energy and natural resources.
A total of five Grand Prize winners, four student winners and one teacher will travel to the 2011 United States Energy Efficiency Forum (EEF) where they will share their winning projects with national leaders and energy policymakers. In addition to the national winners, the highest scoring student in each qualifying state or province will receive recognition as the State or Province winner.
The ICE Challenge is administered by the National Energy Foundation (NEF) on behalf of Johnson Controls and Kohler. NEF has served as the ICE education partner over the life of the competition and continues to help create awareness about the competition among teachers and students throughout the nation.
All ICE Challenge entries must be postmarked by March 4, 2011; submissions postmarked by February 18, 2011 will qualify for additional early bird prizes. ICE Challenge winners will be announced in late March 2011.