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 and July.

The ECi competition is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, Ph.D. candidates, and recent graduates (2019) 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.
2020 Challenge: The Intersection of Climate Change and Organic Waste Management
This year's challenge begins in California, a state that has taken a leading role globally in the fight against climate change. California has also been a pioneer in municipal solid waste (MSW) diversion from landfills and recycling. To achieve the most recent diversion goals and combat global climate change, communities must divert and recycle organic materials, which can reduce methane emissions, one of the short-lived climate pollutants that are exacerbating climate change impacts. With California's new organic law and its regulations, a massive increase in organics diversion is neccessary. Your assignment will be to develop a national, state, and/or local organic waste management program, which will deliver substantial climate change, health, and environmental benefits. You will need to be prepared to justify your proposed program after researching existing and proposed policies, laws, and regulations related to organics diversion and climate change at the international, federal, and state level, including a critical review of California's AB 32 and SB 1383 legislation.
Student teams must register for the virtual ECi by emailing Patrick Sullivan ( 

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