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.
The ECi competition is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, Ph.D. candidates, and recent graduates (2017) 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 Hartford, 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, 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 deals with expanding the electric power resources at three Connecticut campus locations. Student teams will provide proposals to develop, assess, and implement potential options to increase power in accordance with the state's energy strategy and university goals, as well as address the capital and operational costs, regulatory requirements, environmental and socio-economic impacts, and long-term benefits of the project. With unique circumstances at each of the three locations, there's no easy answer and students will have to address the the knowns, unknowns, seek the expert opinion of practitioners in the field and develop site specific solutions.
ECi 2018 Protocol and Requirements
ECi 2018 Problem
Register your team by contacting Pete Catizone at email@example.com. Team registration required by May 23, 2018.