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Request for Papers: 2021 Ohio Public Interest Environmental Justice Writing Competition

Ohio Environmental Council, June 2, 2021


We are excited to launch the second Ohio Public Interest Environmental Justice Writing Competition. Following in the footsteps of our first competition in 2020, we will highlight the high-quality academic work of individuals soon to enter the legal or policy world while simultaneously catalyzing conversation about issues facing Ohio’s environment.

The OEC will select articles exploring issues of environmental justice from up to five applicants to be featured on the OEC’s website. The students will also have the opportunity to share their work with attendees to the 2020 Ohio Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. The selected applicants will also be eligible to receive a scholarship: one finalist will receive a scholarship of $750, a runner-up will receive $250, and three finalists will receive honorary mention. 

Only students presently enrolled in an accredited law school, graduate program, or undergraduate institution may submit a paper for this competition.

Writing Prompt

The 2021 Ohio Public Interest Environmental Law Conference centers Water as its focus: Our Fight for Clean, Safe & Accessible Water. We encourage you to craft your submission with that theme in mind.

Environmental injustices strike Ohioans everywhere, yet particular environmental harms affect certain communities disproportionately. In your article, explore a specific issue of environmental justice impacting Ohioans, whether legal, political, economic, or scientific in nature. Identify the distinct impacts (and the impacted communities) and propose possible solutions to eliminate the environmental injustices. 

We expect the best articles to consider not only the present state of environmental policy but also what environmental policy should look like in order to achieve just environmental outcomes for all who call Ohio home.

Submission Deadline:  July 31, 2021

Submit Your Article Today!

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Tavenor, OEC Staff Attorney, at