Green Blogging Your Way To Masdar

Renewable Technology. Clean Tech Innovation. Energy & Water Efficiency. Sustainable Building Material Advancements. Masdar’s 2014 blogging contest only requires a short 500-600 word entry on how cities will play a critical role in driving sustainability, but that brief submission could help shape sustainable development in major metropolitan cities around the globe.

Not to mention it might win you an all-expense paid trip to Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) being held next month, January 18-24.

Tackling the pressing challenge of how to balance urbanization with natural resource management, Masdar’s 2nd annual international Engage Blogging Contest theme is “Smart Cities and Sustainable Development”.

Masdar solar plant

image via Masdar

A leading provider of renewable energy in Abu Dhabi, Masdar specifically asks blogging applicants to answer the question: “How can cities contribute to the advancement of sustainable development and address issues including water, energy and waste?”

“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.

So it turns out each of those 500 to 600 words in your compelling narrative must count, and provide creative solutions or recommendations on how to balance urbanization with natural resource management.

But it will be well worth it if your entry is chosen since the winning blog post receives an all-expense paid trip to Abu Dhabi during mid-January 2014, hired as Masdar’s VIP blogger throughout ADSW, post regular updates during the event, and receive a modest stipend for his or her efforts.

“Through this blogging competition we aim to create a dialogue and debate the role of cities in achieving sustainable development. The competition will also offer a platform for the global community to voice their ideas and innovative solutions to tackling the urbanization challenge,” added Zaafrani.

For official rules, entry page, and more details about this competition, which ends on January 3, 2014, visit

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