ECi Competition

The Environmental Challenge International (ECi) Competition gives student teams experience with proposing effective solutions to a simulated environmental problem--a problem based on real-world site conditions and events.  The teams will present their solution to a panel of environmental professionals at the Annual Conference in June. 

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Good luck to this year's ECi teams!
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • École Polytechnique de Montréal.
  • INRS
  • Wilkes University
  • Michigan State University
ECi 2019 Problem 
ECi 2019 Tweak

The ECi competition is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, Ph.D. candidates, and recent graduates (2018) in the environmental field. Teams should consist of 3 to 5 members.

ECi gives students the opportunity to put their knowledge to work. Team members will gain valuable experience working in a group, interacting with professionals, and solving problems. Plus, you get to visit Quebec City, it looks good on a resume, and there's the potential to earn cash prizes!

Although the challenge is somewhat qualitative, teams will be expected to address a wide range of concerns related to the environment, energy, government, transportation and health. Teams will be evaluated based on a variety of issues, such as, how the problem is interpreted, how conclusions were determined, and how well the team can communicate its reasoning and judgements.  So, in addition to the scientific and technical aspects of this competition, resolution of political and community issues along with appropriate regulatory approaches will be important.

Get your team ready and see if you have what it takes! 
This year's problem begins with a futuristic government wanting to add a bridge or "link" in Eastern Quebec City, Quebec for more accessible travel over the major river.
Two bridges allow to cross between the north and south shore. The first bridge allows for trains and two lanes of traffic.  It is the longest cantilever bridge in the world.  A newer bridge has six lanes of traffic. With the economic and population growth of the Quebec City metropolitan area, the bridges have come to saturation and commuters often find themselves stuck in traffic. Concerns will arrise and new solutions from the government will be proposed. Your assignment will be to propose different scenarios, consult the population, all levels of government, and come up with one recommendation. You must also evaluate the environmental, health and social impacts of your project.  The objective will be to minimize negative impact of the project while improving mobility. Student teams will provide proposals to develop, assess, and implement potential options to increase economic development in this province, and provide better mobility for travel.

ECi 2019 Protocol and Requirements 

Submit your solution and register your team by contacting Pierre Carabin ( by June 7. 

Each team member must register for the ACE Conference.