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.
Although the challenge is somewhat quantitative, 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.
Does your team have what it takes?
This year's problem deals with the timely issue of hydraulic fracturing in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Student teams will act as independent consultants to address the how, who, what and some of the whys regarding public concerns in construction and drilling. Teams will present a proposal that addresses the environmental, social, and economic interests of the problem.
ECi gives everyone attending the conference a chance to participate and gets the professionals of tomorrow interacting with the professionals of today.
Register your team by May 2, 2017 by emailing Anthony.Sadar@AlleghenyCounty.US. Please include your school, team name, and name and email of all team members and make sure to review the Protocol and Problem in advance.