The American Lung Association in Illinois (ALAIL) and Illinois Emergency Management Agency Radon Program (IEMA) along with Ecology Action Center, Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 want to spread the word about the dangers of radon gas. Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas that causes lung cancer. The Surgeon General lists radon as the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, and it is also the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Fifty percent of Illinois counties are considered at high risk and we are seeking new and creative methods of informing the public.
To increase radon awareness, we are hosting the sixth annual statewide radon video contest. We are calling on Illinois high school students and classes to create a 1 minute Public Service Announcement (PSA) or commercial that will increase public awareness of radon gas and encourage people to test their homes.
- Contest launch: January 2017
- Videos due: March 9, 2017
- Judging: Mid-March 2017
- Awards Ceremony/Presentation: TBA
- 1st place: $1000 plus $300 for the school
- 2nd place: $750 plus $200 for the school
- 3rd place: $500 plus $100 for the School
- Honorable Mentions (7): $250 per video
- Most Views Contest: The top ten winners will be entered into a "most views" contest to develop students' marketing and outreach skills. Winners will be provided a link to share with their friends. The video with the most views will receive an additional $300.
Helpful Tips and Links
Here are a few helpful tips to improve your video:
For assistance with any additional questions or inquiries about the contest, please contact Stephanie.Huber@lung.org at the American Lung Association in Illinois at (217) 787-5864.
2017 Illinois Radon Video Contest Winners