Do you have a good idea for greening the WUSTL campus?

If you're quick about it, your idea could earn $5000

Are you a student at Washington University in St. Louis? Do you have a good idea for cutting energy use on campus?

A contest is underway to tap the power of crowdsourcing to come up with fresh ideas for energy conservation. The contest, called Green Your Campus, is sponsored by the MAGEEP student network, a social network comprised of students at the 25 institutions in the McDonnell Academy.

The McDonnell International Scholars Academy was launched at Washington University in 2005 to build stronger ties between the university and leading research universities around the world. Its major focus is a collaborative research partnership dedicated to solving the world’s looming energy problems, the McDonnell Academy Global Energy and Environment Partnership (MAGEEP).

View the video below for instructions for entering the contest.

The good news is the deadline in the video is wrong.The bad news is the real deadline is Sept. 19.

The ideas that get the most votes in the video competition will be promoted at the third MAGEEP Symposium, which will be held on the Danforth Campus of Washington University in St. Louis Oct. 1-5.

The top three videos will win $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000.

All contest entrants will be admitted to MAGEEP Symposium student events, which include a night out at the City Museum in St. Louis, home of the world’s largest pencil, and to the enchanted caves, which were built within an old shoe factory’s spiral conveyor tunnel system.

And entrants might also change the world, says Erin Robinson, MAGEEP Student Network Coordinator. “It was our hope when we created the competition, that some of these ideas will be implemented at some of the partner universities, including Washington University.”

For more information, contact Robinson, a graduate student in the Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, at