“Trash in the Grass” Wins Environmental Economics Case Competition

Top: Caroline Rosen and Club Officers. Bottom: Madison Gutekunst and Club Officers.

During the Spring 2015 semester, the Econ Club and the Delaware Environmental Institute co-hosted the first annual Environmental Economics Case Competition in celebration of Earth Month. Students were invited to research and present an environmentally-themed case study focused on reducing or eliminating a source of waste on campus. On May 19th, four student groups presented their ideas at a mini symposium for a panel of three judges. The first place group was awarded a $150 gift card and the second place group was awarded a $100 gift card.


Student Teams:

Madeline Carr and Caroline Rosen – “Trash in the Grass”: 1st Place
(A plan for composting in campus dining halls)

Katelyn Murray and Madison Gutekunst – “Coffee Mug Initiative”: 2nd Place
(A retailer-supported coffee mug program to reduce coffee cup waste)

Kevin Tom and Casey Plasker – “Online Test Administration”: Finalist
(A plan for reducing paper usage by implementing online exams)

Mustafa Urcu – “Reducing Electricity Costs with Games”: Finalist
(A program for dormitories in which students compete to lower electricity usage)

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