ECi Competition

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

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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 Annual Conference in June.

Good luck to this year's ECi teams!
  • Wilkes University
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • California Polytechnic State University

The ECi competition is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, Ph.D. candidates, and recent graduates (2021) 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 San Francisco, 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.
2022 Challenge: Air Quality Impacts on Port Communities
This year's challenge begins in the Bay Area, where San Francisco and Oakland both have large ports with significant populations residing in portside communities. Studies have shown that pollution levels and health impacts are greater in these communities, with the problem exacerbated in California due to the backlog of cargo at major ports. While California has embarked on an aggressive program to regulate commercial harbor craft (CHC), these regulations focus on diesel engine technology rather than zero-emission technologies, and other boats and vessels are faced with much less stringent requirements. As the new Governor of California, your assignment is to choose the best approach to regulate emissions from watercraft and reduce air quality impacts on port communities.You must describe and justify the program you have chosen and why other options were rejected. Your research should include existing and proposed studies, policies, laws, and regulations related to emissions from port-related activities and their health impacts on portside communities at the federal and state level, including a critical review of California’s CHC regulations.
Student teams must register for the ECi by emailing Patrick Sullivan ( 

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