Sustainable Seattle, in collaboration with Sustainable Cascadia, SCALLOPS, Seattle Climate Partnership, Washington Lawyers for Sustainability, Feet First, Great City, and Seattle Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce the launch of Dream a Sound Future, a dream and design competition inviting members of community to think creatively and dream up a vision of a sustainable future for Seattle and the Central Puget Sound.

Far from a standard design competition, Dream a Sound Future calls on all levels of community to help create a vision and define the key transition steps in achieving that vision by the year 2100. In conventional or unconventional ways, through paintings, performance arts, architectural models or artificial intelligence, the only limitations are the participants’ own imaginations in how they choose to articulate and present their own vision of a sustainable future.

Sustainable Seattle is also pleased to announce that there are still slots open for the K-12 Challenge portion of the Dream program. The K-12 challenge is open to school age young people who have a vision for what their future will look like in the greater Puget Sound region. Students are encouraged to participate as individuals or teams in open ended designs or projects. There will be prizes, recognition, accolades, and most importantly the chance to see their vision put into practice by inclusion into a Library of Dreams that will inspire and educate future dreamers.

The launch event for Dream a Sound Future Challenge is being held at the Golden Gardens Bathhouse on April 29, 2010 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is no fee and participants are encouraged to donate whatever is their comfort as we will not let price be a barrier to attending this first annual event. There will be food, fun and music and a special guest speaker, Dr. Sharon E. Sutton.

Dr. Sutton is an internationally recognized leader in the field of education and innovative teaching methods. She has a focus in architecture and community development and her research has received funding and recognition from a wide range of organizations including the Ford Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Registration for K-12 Challenge is open now and due May 5, 2010 with a possibility of extension if needed. Further information about the competition is available here.