$20,000 in Scholarships Available Through the EmPower Silicon Valley Youth Short-Film Competition

$20,000 in Scholarships Available Through the EmPower Silicon Valley Youth Short-Film Competition

High school students are invited to share their stories and solutions to climate change and win scholarship prizes

Sunnyvale, Calif. – Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) is calling high school students* to participate in the EmPower Silicon Valley Youth Short-Film Competition. Youth who share their ideas and stories about fighting climate change will compete to win $20,000 across eight scholarship awards.

Participants, as individuals or in teams of up to four, will explore aspects of clean energy and develop a three to five-minute film that addresses the question: To combat climate change, our future needs to be characterized by clean energy; what will a clean energy future look like? No prior film or climate change knowledge necessary.

Our climate is changing, and our communities are responding. By working together, we can accelerate the clean energy transition and make our region and world a better place to live for everyone. SVCE wants to see stories and ideas to energize positive change.

Participating students will get the chance to win scholarship awards based on how well their film succeeds in capturing this change. Award categories include impact, energy innovation, creative presentation, and community involvement, along with four honorable mentions.

This competition is in its second year and part of ongoing education initiatives to support youth in our communities and engage students in the SVCE mission. In addition to the scholarship awards, students who submit films will be competing for the chance to be featured on the SVCE website alongside past winners. View the 2022 EmPower SV competition and past winners at SVCleanEnergy.org/Empower-SV.

Learn more and register at SVCleanEnergy.org/Empower-SV. Please contact Matthew Lundy at matthew.lundy@svcleanenergy.org for more information.

*Eligible students live in a household that receives electric service from SVCE or attend a school in Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, or unincorporated Santa Clara County communities.

About Silicon Valley Clean Energy

Silicon Valley Clean Energy is a not-for-profit, community-owned agency providing clean electricity from renewable and carbon-free sources to more than 270,000 residential and commercial customers in 13 Santa Clara County jurisdictions. As a public agency, net revenues are returned to the community to keep rates competitive and promote clean energy programs. Silicon Valley Clean Energy is advancing innovative solutions to fight climate change by decarbonizing the grid, transportation, and buildings. Learn more at SVCleanEnergy.org.

Media Contact: 
Michaela Pippin, michaela.pippin@svcleanenergy.org, 408-721-5301 x1020