Write About Cities, Win A Trip To Abu Dhabi!

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Whether you’re a city planner, a cleantech geek, an energy buff, or a full-fledged sustainability guru, here’s an opportunity that I don’t think you want to pass up. Masdar is offering to bring you to Abu Dhabi for the second annual Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), which is a wicked amazing week that includes the World Future Energy Summit (scroll through our archives of last year’s World Future Energy Summit), the International Water Summit (where the water crisis gets the attention it deserves), EcoWASTE (a new event focused around the waste management and recycling sector), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) General Assembly Meeting, and the Zayed Future Energy Prize award ceremony (quite an experience). Beyond these wonderful events, you will also get to check out Masdar City and perhaps some specific cleantech projects in Abu Dhabi.

So, you probably want to know about the details of the contest, right?

The theme for this year’s blogging contest is “Cities and Sustainable Development.” You are supposed to discuss in what ways you think cities are critical to the sustainability revolution (or “driving sustainability,” as Masdar put it).

“With 67 percent of the world’s population expected to reside in cities by 2050, we can anticipate a greater strain to be placed on cities as they become denser and require more water and energy,” said Omar Zaafrani, Strategic Communications Manager at Masdar. “Such urbanization will oblige us to adapt and become smarter about the way we manage our resources.”

As someone who has a master’s degree in city planning and has been blogging professionally about cleantech for about 4½ years, this year’s topic focus is especially exciting. From hastening the electric car revolution to developing transit-oriented developments to building better bicycle infrastructure and biggerbetter bike-sharing programs to commitments to get off coal to better solar power permitting policies, there is a lot that cities can and must do in order for us to achieve the sustainable future our children and grandchildren need. Those are some of the hottest sustainability solutions for cities, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg. We need them and so much more.

If you have a unique idea, or if you want to step back and present an integrated/holistic view of the matter, or if you just want to dig into one key sustainability solution that relates to cities, write up a short piece and enter it into the contest via the Masdar blogging contest page. The entry just has to be 500 to 600 words long (for perspective, this article is 587 words in length), and you have until January 3 to enter.

For clarity’s sake, just to reiterate: “One winner will be selected for an all-expense paid trip to Abu Dhabi during mid-January 2014, hired as Masdar’s VIP blogger throughout Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, post regular updates during the event, and receive a modest stipend for his or her efforts.”

The links at the top are to our previous/ongoing coverage of the events that you would attend if you won the contest. If you want to learn more about the upcoming events, here are the websites:

This article was supported by Masdar.

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