Kid Powered Contest

NEEF Announces Kid-Powered Fun Video Contest Winners

Winners from Florida and Indiana, demonstrate through video how they save energy by powering their own fun

WASHINGTON — Today, NEEF announced the winners of the Kid-Powered Fun Video Contest, sponsored by Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas (MCFA).

The national contest, which closed on September 17, 2015, asked kids 8-16 years old to film and submit videos showing how they save energy by ditching TV and electronic devices and powering their own fun.

The contest winners, from Florida and Indiana, received prizes to help them continue their active lifestyles with a low environmental impact: first place received a new bike, second place received a solar backpack, and third place received a fitness tracker.

1st Place:I Power My Day” by Eli, age 9, from Florida.

2nd Place:Positivity Promotes Activity” by Paige, age 11, from Indiana.

3rd Place:Less TV, More 3s” by Kenzie, age 11, from Indiana.

In 2013, the production of electricity was the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The average US home used approximately 1048.4 kilowatt-hours per month in the summer of 2015, according to data from the US Energy Information Administration’s Electric Power Monthly. The production of just one kilowatt-hour of electricity creates 1.5 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the EPA, meaning the average home’s energy usage last summer produced 4,781 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions – the equivalent of driving 5,164 miles in an average passenger vehicle.

To help calculate the impact of daily activities, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers an online Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. NEEF encourages all Americans to think about ways to reduce electricity normally used throughout the day with energy from physical actions to save kilowatt-hours and pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, and lead a more active, healthy lifestyle.