Join the Zero Waste Campaign Contest!

Art for life. Get involved, become a steward! Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Art for life. Get involved, become a steward! Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

All kids are invited to participate in a push for a Zero-Waste lifestyle in this contest sponsored by the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer, Alaska.

Homer is one of those Alaska communities where nature is imbedded in the fabric of every single person who lives or visits there. From scenic beaches to soaring mountain peaks and abundant sea life, Homer sits in a prime position to teach the world about healthy ecosystems.

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, one of our favorite nature-based outdoor learning platforms is inviting kids of any age to participate in an initiative to promote a Zero-Waste way of living. We can, you know. It’s up to you — the stewards of Alaska’s future — to lead the way.

Be like these kids and become stewards of your ocean. Image courtesy CACS.

Here are the details in a release sent by CACS: 

“We invite ALL to participate and create a unique design that inspires everyone to take a step toward a Zero-Waste lifestyle. This is an opportunity for your art to be featured on reusable bags and personal hand towels.

Through this community art project, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies hopes to inspire residents and visitors to consider implementing A Zero Waste System which is cyclical, like in nature, and does two fundamental things: It redesigns our systems and resource use—from product design to disposal—to prevent wasteful and polluting practices. It then captures discards and uses them, instead of natural resources, to make new products, creating far less pollution and feeding the local economy.


1. The audience is the general public of all ages. Design should be appropriate for people of varied gender and age. Artwork should illustrate the need to prevent marine debris before it gets to the ocean by reducing our use of single-use plastics and/or the general theme of how zero waste on land helps to protect the health of our ocean.
2. Design will be on reusable, personal hand towels and shopping bags.
3. The campaign’s intention is to promote environmental stewardship through education, inviting all to support our organization’s commitment to cultivate environmental stewards who preserve the natural world for future generations.


1. Each entry must be on a single sheet of paper no bigger than 11”x14”.
2. Any art medium may be used.
3. No brand names should be included in the artwork.
4. Label each entry on the back in pencil with name, address and telephone number (If Student, please include: grade, teacher’s name, school name) or on a separate page if submitted digitally.
5. Artist will be notified if their artwork is selected.


By submitting artwork, the artist agrees that their work will be the property of the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies.
If you own an area business and would like to purchase reusable personal handtowels or shopping bags, we invite you to do so… sponsorships also available!


Artwork will not be returned. Submission of artwork implies permission to use artwork by the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies educational programs and/or outreach in both print and web-based

Here’s the timeline of how the contest will roll: 
November 18, 2016 (or any time prior): Submissions due to CACS HQ, 708 Smokey Bay Way
November 28, 2016: Winner Chosen and Announced!
2017: Distribution begins

Mail or Bring Artwork to:

708 Smokey Bay Way
Homer, AK 99603
Email to MUST be at least 300 dpi

Contact: Henry or Melanie at 907 235-6667”

Image courtesy CACS

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