ECi Competition

A&WMA's 116th Annual Conference & Exhibition, Smart Growth: Balancing Development, Restoration, and Resiliency, June 5-8, 2023, Orlando, FL

Get your team ready for this year's Environmental Challenge Competition!

Sponsored by:
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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.

Good luck to this year's ECi teams. There's still time to add your team to the list!
  • Wilkes University
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Louisiana State University
  • University of Florida

The ECi competition is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, Ph.D. candidates, and recent graduates (2022) 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 Orlando, 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, including how the problem is interpreted, how conclusions were determined, and how well the team can communicate its reasoning and judgements. 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.
2023 Challenge: The Race to Zero
This year’s challenge focuses on climate change, with the United States being one of many countries stepping up with ambitious carbon reduction commitments. As part of the Paris Agreement, the U.S. will need to continue implementing programs that drive the country to achieve its target of reducing net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50-52 percent below 2005 levels in 2030. The U.S. private sector is ramping up to the challenge in the race to zero, and many companies have made public pledges to reduce their carbon emissions. As part of a Climate and Sustainability consulting team, your assignment is to identify two companies in the Energy, Entertainment, Waste, or Technology sectors (including at least one based in Florida) that your group can assist with turning their decarbonization pledges into action. Your evaluation must include the companies’ most recent reported companywide GHG emissions, information on their carbon reduction/decarbonization commitments, and specific ways they can achieve their emission reductions. Your presentation should also explain the reasoning for your selection of companies and why these companies should want your services.
Student teams must register for the ECi by emailing Christina Akly (

Each team member must register for the ACE Conference to participate in the ECi.