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ECi Competition

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

 
2019 ECi Student Teams
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 Virtual Annual Conference in June.

The ECi competition is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, Ph.D. candidates, and recent graduates (2020) 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, 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. 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.
 
Resource Planning for 2030 and Beyond
This year’s challenge begins with a high-tech investment firm, FL-Technologies, which has acquired various utility assets in Florida, including coal, natural gas, biomass and solar generation. FL-Technologies is required to develop a resource plan for the recently acquired assets which balances reliability, affordability, safety and resilience while considering the social and environmental impacts of facility operations. The company is interested in hiring a firm to prepare and present a resource plan which will support the path to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and achieve zero carbon by 2050 based on a diverse portfolio approach. Your challenge is to research the environmental regulations, policies and technologies related to coal, gas and renewable energy generation and convince the FL-Technologies Board of Investors to modernize the assets through 2050. The proposed resource plan should address the challenges associated with the continued operation of coal and gas fired generation stations, emerging technologies that should be considered, and recommendations to the Board for building support with stakeholders and the local community.
     
Student teams must register for the virtual ECi by emailing Manitia Moultrie (manitia_moultrie@golder.com). 

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