2023 Environmental Challenge
We are excited to announce the 2023 Environmental Challenge !
This year’s Problem and EC guide is available to download here:
The EC is a great opportunity for college students of all levels to compete for cash and interact with the professionals of today. Many of our competitors find career opportunities through networking with PNWIS!
- This year we return to in-person participation at the conference. (Virtual participation may be possible, if necessary – reach out to Melody – see below)
- Student registration for the conference is a must (at student rates)
- This year proposals are due by 5pm PST on FRIDAY October 20, 2023. You will get the EC tweak at this time.
- Early identification of teams is VERY HELPFUL; Let Melody Kieneker know of your team’s intent to compete no later than October 13, 2023.
- Final presentations will be held during the conference on Thursday October 26th: 15 minutes of presentation followed by 5 minutes of Q&A.
Contact: Melody Kieneker, PNWIS EC Coordinator
Students are welcome and invited to attend PNWIS 2023, even if not a member of an active A&WMA chapter.
- Student groups are invited to assemble teams to participate in the 2023 Environmental Challenge event held at the conference.
- Individual students can also submit an abstract to present their own thesis/project work at the conference.
- Student Presentation awards (including cash prizes) are given at the awards ceremony at the conclusion of the conference.
PNWIS offers great opportunities for students. Participating in a student chapter offers an environment to learn technical skills, get experience that’s applicable to the real world, and network with professionals already in the industry.
There are a number of active student chapters across the northwest, including chapters at:
- Puget Sound University
- Montana Tech
- University of Montana
- Huxley College of the Environment (WWU)
- Boise State University
PNWIS may be able to provide student chapter and faculty funding to help support new and growing student chapters, upon request. For more info, head to the:
Student Chapters Page
Each year, student teams from across the northwest compete in the Environmental Challenge, or EC, held at the PNWIS Annual Conference. This challenge tasks students withsolving a real-world problem in a way that is practical, economically viable, and environmentally responsible. Monetary prizes are awarded to the top teams, and the winning team wins a paid trip to ACE, A&WMA’s national conference.
For more info, check out the EC Page or contact the Student Programs Committee Chair, Melody Kieneker.