2021 Green Liberty Bond Poster Contest

High School & College Artists: You Could Win
a $1,000 Green Liberty Bond with Your Poster.

In July 2020, the Connecticut Green Bank issued its first Green Liberty Bond as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of Earth Day. Designed with U.S. War Bonds as an inspiration, the Green Bank used four posters as part of its marketing campaign to increase awareness. The 2020 Green Liberty Bond issuance generated nearly $17 million to support the Green Bank’s residential solar investment program, which helps homeowners add solar to their roofs.

Now, we are inviting current Connecticut high school and college/graduate students to submit posters tying together the themes of Green Bonds Us, Green Liberty Bonds, environmental justice, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and Connecticut.

Six winners (three from high school entries; three from college/graduate entries) will be chosen from entries, which are limited to the first 100 in each group (100 from high school; 100 from college/graduate). Winners will receive a $1,000 Green Liberty Bond. Contest runs February 22 – March 12, 2021 at 11:59 pm. 

Please read all eligibility requirements, rules, and guidelines below.  If you have questions, please use our Contact Us page.

The contest is open to all Connecticut students in grade 9 – 12, college or university, or graduate school. This includes technical high schools, community colleges, public and private schools.

The contest will be judged in two categories: high school and college/graduate.

The contest is limited to the first 100 entries in each category (i.e., 100 entries in the high school category and 100 entries in the college/graduate category). Only one poster per artist is allowed.

Judges will select 6 total winners: 3 winners from the high school submissions; and 3 from college/graduate submissions.

Each of these winners will receive a $1,000 Green Liberty Bond at an anticipated 2021 issuance. The winner (or their parent/guardian) will need to open a brokerage account and will need to work through Stifel (Green Liberty Bond co-manager) to do this. If selected winner is unable to open a brokerage account for receipt of a Green Liberty Bond for any reason, the Green Bank reserves the right to select another winner.

Winners will be responsible for paying any taxes due and the Green Bank will file any applicable IRS forms related to the $1,000 Green Liberty Bond. Winners must complete a W-9 before we can issue the bond.

The first Green Liberty Bonds were issued in July 2020. The Bonds were designed in the likeness of War Bonds from the 1940s, which allowed Americans to invest directly in supporting war efforts. The Green Liberty Bonds allow investment that supports Green Bank programs that confront climate change.

Posters should incorporate themes of Green Bonds US, the idea that the environment (green) can unite us (bond us). The environment and its protection can bring us together for a common cause, while also helping people decrease their electricity bills, increase use of renewable energy, and create a healthy world. You can see more at https://greenbonds.us/. Posters can also draw from themes of environmental justice, energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate change, and Connecticut. Please see 2020 posters for inspiration or look to War Bond posters as examples.

See posters below and the story behind the posters on page 6-7 of our recent annual report.

Poster requirements:

  • All posters should be reflective of the contest themes listed above.
  • Posters must be original artwork.
  • Poster can be in color or black/white, and any variety of media may be used.
  • Poster must have a name. Artist should provide a brief (up to 200 words) description of the poster and its theme.
  • Poster should be 24″ x 36″ in size. Artwork should be submitted in a 300ppi resolution for potential large format printing. Files uploaded through our entry form must be less than 64MB.
  • We can accept a digital photo of the artwork (i.e., taken on a cell phone) as a submission. Please submit through the same form and process. Try to get a good quality photo (here’s an article that might help).
  • Posters cannot use appropriated or copyrighted imagery. Trademarked products, packaging, brand names and advertisements may not be used.
  • If poster includes photography, any public or private citizen who appears on the poster must submit a release form. If the subject is under age 18, the release form must be signed by a parent or guardian.
  • Posters must be entered on the Green Bank’s website through the submission form in the tab below.
  • If artist is unable to submit poster through the website, poster can be sent via mail to our office at 845 Brook Street, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.
    • Please label clearly with “Poster Contest” on outside.
    • Online form must still be completed. (Please attach a file that says poster was sent via mail.)
    • Due to the pandemic, we cannot accommodate in-person poster deliveries.
  • By submitting a poster to this competition, all participants agree that their posters may be offered for public display, publication, or usage on Green Bank websites (ctgreenbank.com, www.greenbonds.us, and/or www.greenlibertybonds.com) at any time after the contest. Posters will be retained by and become the property of the Connecticut Green Bank. Posters may be reproduced with credit given to the artist. The only information that will be released is the artist’s name, school, grade and/or hometown.
  • The Green Bank has the right to refuse any poster that is deemed controversial or contains inappropriate content, including but not limited to violent, explicit, or sexual material.
  • Participants hereby agree to hold the Connecticut Green Bank and its affiliates, subsidiaries, and assigns harmless from and against, and hereby waive any right to pursue, any claims of any nature arising in connection with the inclusion in, publication via or display on any Connecticut Green Bank site, or any other use of any poster or information submitted to the Connecticut Green Bank by participants.
  • Employees of the Connecticut Green Bank and other companies associated with the promotion of the contest, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible.
  • The contest is subject to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Winners will be responsible to pay any taxes due and the Green Bank will file any applicable IRS forms related to the $1,000 Green Liberty Bond. Winners must complete a W-9 before we can issue the bond.

Posters will be judged on:

  • Creativity, originality, artistic quality;
  • Alignment with theme and clarity of message;
  • Adherence to requirements and guidelines.

Posters will be judged in two rounds. The first round of judging will be conducted by a panel of Green Bank staff and partners who will determine finalists. Supporting the themes of inclusivity and environmental justice, judges will strive to select finalists that represent the diverse students and communities represented in Connecticut.

We anticipate notifying winners in early April and releasing a formal announcement in conclusion of the contest near Earth Day (April 22) 2021.

Form for the submission of student entries in our 2021 Green Liberty Bond Poster Contest.
  • Please provide a description of your poster (up to 200 words).
  • Accepted file types: jpg, png, pdf.
    File types accepted are JPG, PNG, and PDF. Maximum file size is 64MB.