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Challenge 3

Title: Sustainably Savvy

Due: Fri., Jan. 14, 2022 by 5 p.m.

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Your Challenge:

The environment is constantly impacted by the actions of people in many ways: pollution, resource consumption, habitat loss, climate change, the list goes on. All of these environmental problems can feel overwhelming, but there is a lot that you can do to help save the planet! Your challenge is to research climate change or conservation solutions and sustainable actions that people, especially young people, can do to make a difference. These actions can be anything that interests you: eating less meat, avoiding plastics, planting a pollinator garden, contacting politicians, switching to renewable energy sources, etc. Make a series of short videos (such as Tik Toks or Reels) explaining at least three of your favorite sustainable actions that people can take to help mitigate the effects of climate change or help nature around them. Make sure that your content is original (videos with plagiarized content will be disqualified) and please list your sources in your videos.

Each video submission should be 1 to 3 minutes in length. The platform you use to make each video is your decision! If you are creating your videos on TikTok, Instagram or Snapchat, we recommend making your videos into a series (part 1, part 2, etc.) to avoid the limits on video length. You can also make a YouTube video compilation (unlisted please) or IGTV to make longer videos. You may also download your videos from your desired app, upload them to a Dropbox or Google Drive folder and share the link.

Entry Requirements:
Deliver to science education coordinator at Phipps in person, via certified mail or via email:

  • Challenge Entry Form
  • Works Referenced list
  • Link(s) to video submissions
  • Schools may submit up to two entries for this challenge.
  • If mailing a copy to the Conservatory, please use the address below:


Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
The Fairchild Challenge c/o Jennifer Torrance
One Schenley Park
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


  • Grades Nine – Twelve

    • 15.4.12.G Create an advanced digital project using sophisticated design and appropriate software/applications.

    • 15.4.12.A Apply the creative and productive use of emerging technologies for educational and personal success.

    • 15.3.12.H Evaluate presentations for language, proper techniques and media choices.

    • 15.3.12.S Evaluate electronic communication options based on need.

    • 15.3.12.I Synthesize information gathered from multiple sources (e.g., digital, print, face to face).

    • 15.2.12.O Formulate and demonstrate strategies for working with diverse populations.

    • 9.1.12.E Delineate a unifying theme through the production of a work of art that reflects skills in media processes and techniques.

    • CC.3.5.9-10.A Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.

    • CC.3.5.11-12.G Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

    • CC.3.5.11-12.I Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible.

    • CC.3.5.11-12.B Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.

    • 4.1.10.D Research practices that impact biodiversity in specific ecosystems

    • 4.1.10.E Analyze how humans influence the pattern of natural changes (e.g. primary / secondary succession and desertification) in ecosystems over time.

    • 4.1.12.C Research how humans affect energy flow within an ecosystem. Describe the impact of industrial, agricultural, and commercial enterprises on an ecosystem

    • 4.1.12.E Research solutions addressing human impacts on ecosystems over time.

    • 4.3.12.A Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using renewable and nonrenewable resources. Explain how consumption rate affects the sustainability of resource use. Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using renewable resources such as solar power, wind power, and biofuels.

    • 4.3.12.B Analyze factors that influence the local, regional, national, and global availability of natural resources. Compare the use of natural resources in different countries. Analyze the social, economic, and political factors that affect the distribution of natural resources (e.g., wars, political systems, classism, racism).

    • 4.5.12.A Research how technology influences the sustainable use of natural resources.


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