Case Competition

The Club hosts an annual Environmental Case Competition in celebration of Earth Month.


The information below pertains to the Spring 2017 competition; information on the Spring 2018 competition will be coming soon.

This year’s co-sponsors are the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) and the Green Grants Program of the UD Sustainability Task Force.

Students are invited to research and present an environmentally-themed case study focused on reducing 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.

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


Want to participate?

Students should submit a brief written proposal (1-2 pages) by April 6, 2017 to Christian Sawka at Finalists will proceed to the competition stage, where they will present their idea to a panel of judges at 7pm on April 27, 2017. Prizes will be awarded based on feasibility, creativity and exactitude.

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.

Information / Q&A Sessions will be held on Monday March 20, 2017, Tuesday March 21, 2017, and Wednesday April 5, 2017 from 5:00-5:15pm in Purnell 450. The competition will be held on Thursday April 27, 2017 at 7pm in Kirkbride 205.