Press Releases Sustainable City

#PGH2050 Climate Multimedia Competition

Calling All Students!
Imagine Pittsburgh in 2050 when we have successfully decarbonized and dealt with climate change. How did we do it? What is life like in Pittsburgh in 2050?

Create a 60-second multimedia video and a 250 word narrative that present your vision for how Pittsburgh will have adapted to climate change in 32 years.

Entrants will have a chance to win a bamboo bicycle (from a non profit, social enterprise) and we will donate 2 more bicycles in the name of the winner.

Videos (NOT TO EXCEED 60 SECONDS) and narratives (NOT TO EXCEED 250 WORDS) must be uploaded with a #PGH2050 to between noon Eastern Standard Time on, February 26 and 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on March 18. Online voting (open to the public, not just members of the HECC schools!) will run from March 19 until March 30 to determine 10 finalists.

CMU’s Steinbrenner Institute and PPU’s Center for Media Innovation are issuing the “Pittsburgh 2050” challenge to students of colleges that are part of the Higher Education Climate Consortium (HECC), part of the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative. The goal is to raise awareness about climate change by making a video that can reach an audience beyond your peers in the collegiate setting.

Along with Carnegie Mellon and Point Park, eligible educational institutions include:
• Art Institute of Pittsburgh
• Carlow University
• Chatham University
• Community College of Allegheny County
• Duquesne University
• La Roche College
• The Penn State Center
• Robert Morris University
• University of Pittsburgh

Submissions should be videos of any style, but cannot exceed 60 seconds in length. You are also asked to create a 250-word narrative that tells your story, but is not merely the script for your video. Imagine that the narrative is an opinion piece to be run in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. The video must be relevant to climate change with a compelling presentation and production. The winning video will tell a powerful story about Pittsburgh’s future transformation, and it may incorporate art, journalistic content, animation, music, etc. Judges will place priority on the relevancy to climate change, unique point of view and clarity of message, creativity and production quality. The narrative must capture the same message, but your tool is language.The challenge organizers reserve the right to look at videos that are in the second tier of voting. An expert panel of judges will review the finalists (by vote) plus any selected by the organizers, and pick one winner, who will be announced at the Steinbrenner Institute Annual Environmental Colloquium on Friday, April 6. The April 6 review event will be open to attendees of the Colloquium. Judges will share their evaluation and thought process, to be followed by continued brainstorming, and big dreaming, to help us envision the future without constraints.

Contact Deb Lange if you have any questions.