VOCs in 3 Video Contest

VOCs in 3 Video Contest

There are over 10,000 Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in the air around us. VOCs come from common household items such as air fresheners and household cleaners, new building materials like wood or fabric (anything with a "new car" smell), cigarette smoke, and industrial materials like paint thinner, inks, and adhesives. When there are high levels of VOCs in the air it can lead to headaches and asthma attacks and long term effects like heart disease and cancer.

VOCs in 3 Video Contest

Help the Center for Healthy Air Water and Soil and Superfund Research Center at the University of Louisville’s Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute explain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in a 3-minute video for a chance to win an Amazon eGift Card. 

General Information 

  • There are over 10,000 Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
  • They are found in common household products, furniture, finishes, and building materials.
  • They are too small to see and usually we can only detect them by smell for short periods of time before we become nose-blind (for example: new car smell and fragrances in cleaning and beauty products).  
  • They are difficult to understand; its chemistry – VOC molecules change with contact with air, weather, light, and temperature. 

We are looking for easy-to-understand messages that teach a high school aged audience about VOCs in a creative, factually correct, and engaging way.

Videos must: 

  1. Explain common VOCs chemical structure and properties,  
  2. Convey a sense of how many VOCs are in the air around us,
  3. Identify organic and man-made sources of VOCs, and
  4. Explain why VOCs are common in household products like cosmetics and cleaning supplies.

Official Rules:

  1. How to Enter: Create, post, and promote an informational video to teach the general public about volatile organic compounds.
    1. Create an informational video about Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs),
    2. In English,
    3. Three (3) minutes or shorter in length,
    4. Posted on the contestant’s YouTube Channel and cross-listed on the Envirome's YouTube and Facebook Page.
    5. Contestants may enter the contest once during two periods:
      1. Period: May 15 to July 14, 2019
      2. Period: July 16 to September 15, 2019
  2. How to Win: The video that best covers these four essential points, as judged by a panel, will win.  
    1. Explains some VOCs chemical structure and properties,  
    2. Conveys a sense of how many VOCs there are,
    3. Identifies organic and man-made sources of VOCs, and
    4. What about VOCs make them useful in cosmetics and cleaning supplies. 
    5. There will be two winners, chosen on July 15 and September 16, 2019.
    6. Each video can only win one time.
    7. Winners will be announced on Facebook.
    8. Winners will be contacted electronically by the Envirome Institute to arrange transfer of the prize.
  3. Prize: The prize for each winning video will be one (1) $100.00 (USD) Amazon eGift Card that will be distributed electronically.
    1. Odds of Winning: The odds that any single entry will be chosen as the winner depends on the number of entries. Winners will be chosen by a panel of viewers.
    2. Claiming the Prize: The Envirome Institute will contact you electronically to transfer the Amazon eGift Card to you.
  4. Eligibility: Anyone over the age of 14 is eligible to enter the VOCs in 3 Video Contest by submitting an educational video explaining volatile organic compounds. Contestants may live in any state, country, be of any age, national origin, or a member of any gender, ethnicity, or class of person. 
    1. Anyone who submits videos that do not comply with YouTube’s Community Guidelines or Terms of Service are excluded from the contest.
    2. Please see the YouTube Community Guidelines, any videos containing content that does not comply with these Community Guidelines will be disqualified.
    3. Videos must be wholly compliant and consistent with the YouTube Terms of Service.
    4. Anyone under the age of 14 may not participate in this contest.
    5. Employees the Envirome Institute, its affiliate centers, or their family members may post videos, but are not eligible to win.
  5. Start and End Dates: The VOCs in 3 Video Contest will run from Monday, May 6, 2019 through September 15, 2019.
    1. Each month one winner will receive a prize for the best video, as determined by a panel. 
    2. Winners will be announced on July 15 and September 16, 2019.
  6. Sponsors of the VOCs in 3 Video Contest are: The University of Louisville’s Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute, UofL’s Superfund Research Center's Research Translation Core and the Center for Healthy Air Water and Soil. YouTube is not a sponsor of the contest and requires all users to release YouTube from any and all liability related to this contest.
  7. Additional Terms and Conditions: By submitting to the VOCs in 3 Video Contest, you agree to the following additional terms and conditions.
    1. You represent and warrant that all submissions comply with the YouTube Terms of Service.
    2. You grant to the University of Louisville, the Envirome Institute, the UofL Superfund Research Center, and Center for Healthy Air Water and Soil the right to use your submission under the terms of the Creative Commons License, Attribution 4.0 International.
    3. You represent and warrant that your submission does not include or infringe on any 3rd party intellectual property rights, or that if it does, our use of it under the license granted above does not infringe on such rights. Further, you represent and warrant that you have any necessary permissions to include any name, image, or likeness of any individuals included in your submission. You further agree to indemnify the University of Louisville, its affiliates, and its employees from and against any and all liability, claims, losses, damages, costs, or expenses which the University of Louisville may suffer due to its use of your submission.
    4. You agree that the University of Louisville, the Envirome Institute, the UofL Superfund Research Center, and Center for Healthy Air Water and Soil may contact you in the future regarding further collaborations based on your submission, regardless of if your submissions wins or not.  


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About the Contest Sponsors

Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute: The Envirome Institute uses multidimensional models to explore and understand the relationships between the natural, social, and personal environments and fundamental human ecology and health at the University Of Louisville School Of Medicine.


Circle of Harmony and HealthCenter for Healthy Air Water and Soil:  The Center for Healthy Air Water and Soil is building a living, urban laboratory to support collaborative research and promote a health in all policies approach to decision making at the University of Louisville. We bring people and data together to begin new conversations and find new solutions to health challenges in our community and around the world. 


 University of Louisville Superfund Research Center: The Superfund Program studies the effects of chemical exposure on risk for developing heart disease, diabe­tes, and liver disease in populations living near toxic waste disposal sites. The Superfund Program creates new technologies to detect toxic chemicals in the environment and trains new investiga­tors in the field of environmental science.