APA Sustainable Communities Division - Student Essay Contest
The Sustainable Communities Division is welcoming submissions for its first ever student essay contest. The contest aims to recognize and foster the academic excellence of university students pursuing studies in fields related to sustainable community planning. One undergraduate student and one graduate student will receive an award of $250 each for essays on any subject that address items in the APA's Sustainability Policy Framework through a planning perspective. For more information about the framework, please review the following document: https://planning-org-uploaded-media.s3.amazonaws.com/document/Sustainability-Policy-Framework.pdf

All submissions are due by Friday, March 17, 2017, and winners will be recognized at the Sustainable Communities Division’s Reception at the 2017 APA National Conference in New York, NY.

Essay submissions must directly relate to one or more topics from the Sustainability Policy Framework and address them through a planning perspective. Ideal submissions will also address these topics through the Three E’s/P’s framework of sustainable development (Environment/Equity/Economy, People/Prosperity/Planet). Individuals may submit up to three different essays for consideration. All essays must adhere to the following formatting style:

• Font: Times New Roman, 12 point
• Line Spacing: Double
• Margins: 1” on all sides
• Document File Type: .doc or .docx (no .pdf or other submissions)
• File name: (Your Name) Student Essay Contest.doc(x) (i.e. John Doe Student Essay Contest.docx)

Your essay will be evaluated by members of the Sustainable Communities Division who are not enrolled in university coursework or are not academic staff at an institution with student participation in the contest. They will evaluate essays on the basis of the relation between the essay theme and sustainable community planning, quality of writing (mechanics, grammar, spelling, sentence structure, citation style adherence, etc.), organization, clarity of ideas and their proper support using references or a thorough explanation of reasoning, and other qualities related to rhetoric or author voice. All submissions are expected to include references.

Please use the following form to submit your essay, and good luck!
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