Carbon Offset Pitch Competition: Contest Rules

Gustavson Carbon Offset Pitch Competition

The Gustavson School of Business became a carbon neutral institution in 2017 by offsetting our 2016 Scope 3-travel and commuting emissions. This year, Gustavson will continue our commitment to environmental sustainability by offsetting our 2020 Scope 3 carbon emissions but with enhanced student engagement and learning.  To achieve these objectives, current UVic Gustavson students from all Gustavson programs are invited, in teams of 1 to 5 students, to recommend a portfolio of 1 to 5 carbon-offset projects from a Gustavson Committee for Carbon Neutrality+ pre-determined list of eligible offset projects to along with a short document and brief video detailing their rationale for picking these projects. Gustavson faculty, staff and students will then vote on their preferred portfolio/video submissions. The projects featured in the winning team’s portfolio will then be those projects through which Gustavson will offset our 2020 Scope 3 emissions.

Eligibility and Submission Requirements

  1. This contest is sponsored by the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria (“UVic”).
  2. The contest is open to current UVic undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled in the School of Business who reside in Canada excluding those who are residents of Quebec.
  3. The contest opens on Monday, October 4, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) and closes on Monday, November 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST).
  4. To enter the contests, eligible entrants must upload their video to the contest page ( submit their portfolio entry document by emailing it to before the close of the contest.
  5. There is a limit of 1 (one) submissions per entrant. An entrant may be a team of up to 5 people who are individually eligible to enter the contest. Any reference to “you” or “your” refers to an entrant whether an individual or a team.
  6. To qualify for entry to this contest, your video must:
    1. be less than 90 seconds in length;
    2. highlight the rationale for picking the carbon offset projects featured in your, or your team’s portfolio;
    3. have been taken only by you and by your original work;
    4. not depict an existing work, for example a painting;
    5. not be in violation of any applicable law;
    6. not infringe anyone else’s (i) copyright or other intellectual property rights, (ii) privacy or personality rights or (iii) other rights;
    7. not be defamatory or trade libelous; and
    8. not depict any of the following:
      1. offensive language and/or symbols;
      2. illegal or inappropriate activity;
      3. information that could identify any individual;
      4. nudity and/or sexual behaviour
      5. advertisements or commercial messages
      6. any identifiable trade-marks, brands or logos; or
      7. any other content that UVic determines in its sole discretion to be objectionable and/or All persons appearing in the video submission must have given their permission for the video submission to be entered into the contest. Failure of each video participant to grant permission for the video submission to be entered into the contest will render the video submission ineligible for consideration.

Judging and Prizes

  1. A panel of judges will use pre-determined criteria to narrow the list of submitted portfolios down to the top five. The panel of judges will be comprised of members from the Gustavson Committee for Carbon Neutrality+ and are faculty of the Gustavson School of Business. All eligible entries will be judged on the following criteria:
    1. Cost: the total carbon cost of the portfolio (based on the cost per ton of each project in the portfolio and the proportion of that project in the overall portfolio).
    2. Impact: the extent of positive impact to be generated above and beyond the carbon offsets by the investment made in the portfolio. Social impact may include expected benefits to individuals, their families, their community, and the natural environment in terms of making them healthier, wealthier, wiser and freer.
    3. Fit with the Gustavson School of Business: The extent of fit between the portfolio and its social impact with the GSB’s pillars and related values.
    4. Compelling: The overall level of persuasiveness, power, and engagement of the submission.
    5. And other criteria as the judging panel determines to be relevant. Decisions of the judging panel are final.
  2. The top five portfolios with links to their associated videos will then be voted on by current UVic Gustavson faculty, staff and students. Videos will be hosted at  where voters will be able to review the finalists’ submissions before voting. This information will be collected through Survey Monkey.  The voting period will be open from November 21 to 28, 2021 and eligible voters will vote via the on-line survey.
  3. The following  prizes will be awarded:
    1. One first place prize consisting of an honorarium with a total value of $400.00
    2. One second place prize consisting of an honorarium with a total value of $200.00; and
    3. One third place prize consisting of an honorarium with a total value of $100.00.
  4. Prizes are non-transferable and must be accepted as awarded. UVic may in its sole discretion substitute prizes of the same or greater value.
  5. UVic reserves the right not to select a winner or winners, if, in its sole determination, it does not receive eligible or qualified entries.
  6. Winners will be announced on December 2nd, 2021. If a winner cannot be reached within 5 (five) days following the first attempt at the contact via the email address provide by the entrant, or if the winner declines the prize, UVic may award the prize to another entrant.
  7. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible submissions received and the evaluation of the eligible and qualified videos by the judging panel.


Other Conditions

  1. By entering this contest, you declare that you have complied with all of these rules and met all eligibility requirements,
  2. You grant UVic a non-exclusive, royalty-free, sub-licensable, worldwide, transferable, perpetual licence to:
    1. use, copy, adapt, communicate, distribute, publicly display and create compilations and derivative works or merchandise from any video or document you submit as an entry to this contest (including any caption you have posted with your video); and
    2. use your name, city or town of residence, and/or any statements made by you in connection with your entry and you irrevocably waive all moral rights to your video in favour of UVic.
  1. You represent and warrant that you have the right to grant the license set out in section 15 above.
  2. The licence you grant in section 15 permits UVic to (a) cut, reformat, rearrange and/or combine your video with other materials and/or to otherwise modify your video; (b) use your video or a modified version of your video in UVic promotional materials; and /or (c) share your video or any version of your video as edited by UVic, on any social media website.
  3. Your participation in this contest is solely at your own risk. You are solely responsible for all cost you incur to take any video and to enter this contest.
  4. Personal Information. UVic will use personal information collected from entrants to administer this contest and to carry out the promotional activities allowed by the licence granted in section 15 of these Rules. UVic will not otherwise share personal information relating to entrants with any third parties, except as may be required by law. UVic will not attempt to contact any entrants for any other purpose than as set out in these Rules unless the entrant has consented to receive relevant communications from UVic or as otherwise allowed under applicable laws. SurveyMonkey questions and responses will be stored only in Canada and the only data collected besides your vote will be if you are a student or Gustavson employee. No other personal information will be asked for or stored
  5. UVic reserves the right to amend these rules or to terminate the contest at any time without any liability to any contestant or third party. Any amendments to these contest rules and regulations will be posted on the contest website.
  6. By entering this contest, each entrant aggress to release and hold harmless the University of Victoria, Instagram, Facebook, and any of their representitatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers, and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from:
    1. such entrants participation in this contest and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof; 
    2. technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunction of any computer, cable, network, hardware, or software, or other mechanical equipment
    3. the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, telephone, or Internet service
    4. unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; 
    5. electronic or human error in the administration of the promotion of the processing of entries.
  7. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram.
  8. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to the owner of this Facebook page and not Facebook.