Do you have an idea for how to improve the environment in your community? If so (and you are over 18 and a U.S. citizen), head on over to Green Effect™, a new venture from National Geographic and SunChips®, to submit a short essay about your proposed project. You could win $20,000 to spend on implementing your idea. Don't wait, though, because the contest closes June 8, 2009. Ten finalists will be chosen by a judging panel (and win camcorders!); visitors to the website will select the top five. These five lucky winners not only receive seed money to start their project, they also get to travel to Washington, D.C. to present their idea to environmental leaders. You can read the current set of 1,200 submissions to see what's already been suggested.
Don't be intimidated by this contest! A good, solid, simple idea that would have a positive impact on your community and the local environment should do well. According to the rules, 1/4 of the points awarded at judging are for "alignment with SunChips® brand's philosophy of 'Small steps add up to meaningful progress and positive change.'"