Responsible Energy Speech Contest, Oct. 20, 2008

By Thomas Guengerich

SOCORRO, N.M., Oct. 20, 2008 – Two talented New Mexico Tech students will win $1,000 for a speech about responsible energy and earn a chance to win $5,000.

The Citizens' Alliance for Responsible Energy, or CARE, is hosting regional and statewide competitions to encourage the next generation of leaders to think about sustainability, renewable energy and responsible leadership.

Marita Noon of CARE will organize the speech contest, which is set for 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in Jones Annex 101.

The top two winners at Tech have the opportunity to compete at the finals, which also will be at Tech on December 2. Finalists will compete against students from the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University for the grand prize of $5,000.

Speeches must be 20 minutes long and related to responsible energy use.

See CARE website for full details: www.responsiblenergy.org/speaker_bureau.asp .

Last year’s winners at New Mexico Tech were Jonathan Gardner of the management department and Thomas Erbes of the chemical engineering department, both of whom graduated last year. Gardner spoke about green building technologies and the need for advancement in the area. Erbes talked about Gas-to-Liquid Technology as an alternative to flaring natural gas.

As a result of their success at the Tech competition, Gardner and Erbes later were invited to give their speech to other groups as paid speakers, Marita Noon said. CARE enlists the six local winners to join its speakers bureau and finds speaking engagements around the state and region, she said.

Noon said participants are encouraged to translate their academic work in responsible energy from any angle into a speech topic. She said the successful talks are crafted for public consumption and are not intended to be research presentations. She said winning speeches are creative, inspirational and incisive.

CARE aims to help the general public understand energy reality, so that people are not deceived by wishful thinking, propaganda or incomplete reporting. The global economy, quality of life and national security are directly tied to the nation’s ability to produce energy.

The CARE Student Speech Competition is open to all college students – but is targeting juniors and sophomores in the chemical and/or petroleum engineering departments.

Students who plan to compete November 20 need to e-mail Noon in advance at marita@responsiblenergy.org.

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