Case Competition

In April, the Club co-hosts an annual Environmental Case Competition with the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) and the Green Grants Program of the UD Sustainability Task Force. UD undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in celebration of Earth Month!

Do you have an idea to reduce waste or improve sustainability on campus?

NOTE: The information below pertains to the Spring 2018 competition; information for the Spring 2019 competition will be available soon. Please check back.

Undergraduate individuals (or teams) are invited to research an environmentally-themed case study focused on improving sustainability or eliminating a source of waste on campus. For instance, students at another institution proposed switching the default on all university printers to double-sided, potentially saving thousands of sheets of paper per day. The competition is open to all majors. Students interested in participating should submit a brief, 1-2 page proposal; next, finalists will be invited to give a short presentation at the competition, which will be held on April 25. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges representing DENIN, the UD Green Grants Program, and the Blue Hen Economics Club. The competition is open to the public, and all BHEC members are encouraged to attend (support your peers and support Earth Month!). The competition will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 in Kirkbride 005.

Winning individuals or teams will be awarded monetary prizes: $500 for first place and $250 for second place in the form of Visa and/or Amazon gift cards. Additionally, the UD Green Grants team will work with the winner to potentially turn their idea into a reality (subject to feasibility).

See our media release here: 2018_ECC.


Want to participate?

Submit a brief written proposal (1-2 pages) by Wednesday, April 4, 2018 (NOTE EXTENDED DEADLINE!) to Victoria Williams at (Include the names, majors, and email addresses of all team members.) Finalists will proceed to the competition stage, where they will present their idea to a panel of judges at 7pm on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Prizes will be awarded based on feasibility, creativity and exactitude. Q&A Sessions will be held on Monday, March 19, 2018 and Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 6:00-6:15pm in Purnell 450; get feedback on your idea and ask questions about the competition.

The competition is open to all majors. Previous year’s winning teams have proposed a variety of plans including dining hall composting, a retailer-supported coffee mug initiative, clotheslines instead of dryers, rain gardens, and a recycling chute; see these pages for details: Spring 2016 and Spring 2015. Noah Kennedy, a senior UD student who led his team to victory in 2017, emphasized that the competition should attract students from all majors to get innovative and put what they’ve learned to the test. “My team definitely enjoyed participating in the competition,” he said. “As engineering students, we appreciated the opportunity to get creative and apply what we’ve learned in class to a real-world situation.”