Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Los Angeles has a population of about four million people. As the second largest city in the nation, it’s no surprise that we use a lot of energy. We all need to work together and conserve to keep our power grid working smoothly. So we are calling on students to submit original artwork illustrating how we can do our part.

Prizes will be awarded in each grade level, plus teachers of first-place student winners will also receive a prize. Winning students and their teachers will also be invited to an awards luncheon at the Los Angeles Times building.

Sponsored by DWP

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Teachers, encourage your students to enter their original artwork in the 2016–2017 Hitachi Poster contest. Utilize articles in the LA Times to create a poster illustrating ideas for a futuristic “Sustainable City.”

We’re looking for ideas which use innovation and technology to create the city of the future:

  • 30% of urban traffi c is from people looking for parking spaces. How would you reduce this and create a cleaner, more effi cient city?
  • The average American family uses 320 gallons of water daily, and 30% of that is used outdoors for watering and other usage. What changes are needed?
  • There are thousands of empty lots in the city of Los Angeles. How can we use these spaces to generate sustainable electricity?
  • 54% of the world’s population lives in urban areas. How can we make our cities better and improve the quality of life while protecting the environment?

We need your suggestions, in artwork form, on how to minimize pollution, use renewable energy sources, and meet our future city’s needs. Winning posters will be neat, colorful, and present a clear idea to help our homes, neighborhoods, or cities meet ecological friendly goals.

Students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 are eligible to participate. 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place winners will be chosen from each grade, and a grand prize winner from each age group. Teachers of first-place student winners will also receive a prize.

Submission deadline extended to February 28th, 2017.

Sponsored by HITACHI

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