2018 Sustainability Poster Contest

We invited Marblehead children of all ages to participate in a Sustainability Poster Contest, originally timed to coincide with Earth Day (April 22, 2018). The Contest was extended through July 2nd, however, to allow additional schools and children’s programs to participate.


Our purpose was to stimulate thinking and learning around the concept of sustainability, and to build excitement for our first community-wide Sustainability Fair on Saturday, October 6, at the Marblehead Community Charter Public School.


Children were asked to write down what sustainability means to them, and to then create an illustration of their vision for a more sustainable future on a poster sheet that we provided.


The United Nations defines sustainability as “Meeting our needs now without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Examples of sustainable practices include: reducing waste, recycling, composting, walking and biking more and using cars less, consuming less energy and water, eating locally produced food, and buying local.


Contest winners will be chosen by Sustainable Marblehead’s Education Action Group, based on the student’s understanding of the concept of sustainability, innovative thinking, and clear and creative imagery. The first, second, and third place winners, along with the honorable mentions, will be announced in early September. They will be prominently displayed at our Sustainability Fair, and publicly honored during an Awards Ceremony hosted by State Representative Lori Ehrlich. Winners will receive $100, $50, or $25 in Marblehead Money Gift Checks that can be used at local businesses. Honorable mentions will receive a Sustainable Marblehead T-Shirt or Magnet. Many of the contest entries will be displayed around town in the month leading up to the Fair.

And here are the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Winners:

Plus some other favorites:

Marblehead, Mass., USA