GWSB’s Max Chen, a junior who won an award in last summer’s White House sustainability video contest, is featured on a GW promotional billboard that’s hanging in Washington, D.C.’s Union Station.
Chen, the son of Chinese immigrants who is studying business administration with a minor in sustainability, was one of five winners in the White House’s Youth Sustainability Challenge video competition.
Chen’s video, “Growth,” won the “Popular Choice” award and was featured on the White House contest’s web site. The next month, he found out he’d been nominated for a new GW marketing initiative, the “Making History” campaign. The campaign was looking for stories of students who want to make positive change in the world, were taking advantage of GW’s Washington location with academics or internships, and were willing to talk about opportunities at GW that other universities did not provide.
Chen agreed to participate, and a GW team shot a promotional video of his life story and experience of traveling to Greensburg, Kansas, on a GW “Alternative Break” during his freshman year to see how the small town– leveled by a tornado in 2007 – was rebuilding using sustainable methods.
Last month, Chen found out he would also be featured as part of a GW billboard series.
“I was super excited and grateful for such an opportunity,” said Chen. He said he would be pleased if the billboard exposure led to further opportunities for him, but he’s not counting on it.
“I just view this billboard as a celebration of the help, inspiration and empowerment that I have received from my friends, mentors, and family” on the video project, said Chen, who as a high school student in New Jersey started an environmental community service group called, “Inspiration.”
“This is the outcome of what can happen when people believe in each other,” he said.
To view the video of Chen’s story, go here.
Posted by gwsb on January 15, 2013 | Filed under: GWSB News.