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Podcast contest aimed at engaging campus community during Green Week

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Office of Information Technology at Purdue is inviting the university community to get creative during Green Week activities, set for Sept. 15-19.

During the “Show You’re Green” contest, students, faculty and staff can create a podcast of 60 seconds or less to share their eco-friendly ideas and best suggestions for going green as individuals, as a campus and as a community. Two workstations at information technology’s Shopping Offline store, located in Stewart Center, Room G65, will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15-18 to create and submit podcasts.

“The Office of Information Technology at Purdue is always on the lookout for ways to conserve power and reduce waste,” said Gerry McCartney, Purdue’s chief information officer and vice president for information technology. “Through this podcast competition, we’re challenging students to come up with their own green ideas for the campus and community.”

The submitted podcasts will be viewable on the Internet moments after they are created from a link on Purdue’s Green Week Web site at http://www.purdue.edu/green.

The first 300 students to create podcasts will receive a free reusable shopping bag from Apple. Students who submit podcasts will compete for a prize package of eco-friendly products, which will be awarded for the best entries for individual, campus and community ideas. Podcasts will be evaluated on the uniqueness, feasibility and scalability of the green suggestions. The prize package includes an EcoSmart laptop bag from Targus and Dell, along with a 1G iPod shuffle, an emergency cell phone charger from AT&T, a surge protector from CDW-G, and other gifts.

The Information Technology at Purdue student advisory council will judge submissions, and winners will be announced on Sept. 24.

Apple Computer, AT&T, CDW-G, Dell Computer and Targus are joining the Office of Information Technology at Purdue in sponsoring the event.

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