Environmental Challenge

The Environmental Challenge international (EC) Program is a student team competition to prepare and present an optimal solution to a complex “true-to-life” environmental problem. The problem presented will be of current value, representative of the location of the event, and require multi-disciplinary approaches for success. The Challenge seeks not only technical and scientific analyses, but solutions that are presented in conjunction with the development of appropriate regulatory approaches and resolution of political and community issues.

The Environmental Challenge would not be possible without the gracious support of our Sponsors!

The goals of the EC are to…

  • Involve students in the PNWIS Annual conference;
  • Provide experience in solving complex environmental situations in a fun and supportive atmosphere;
  • Provide students an opportunity to display their talents; and
  • Be a premier networking event for students to connect with internship and job opportunities.

Each year the PNWIS EC gives away over $4,000 is cash prizes as well as a trip to compete in the A&WMA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE) Environmental Challenge International (ECi).

The ECi is designed to promote formation of student teams with the broadest feasible range of environmental disciplines including engineering, planning, policy, economics, and various other sciences. The problem will be relevant to the conference location and current events. Teams must research the problem background, as well as the technical, social, economic, and political aspects of the situation. Teams must stay apprised of ongoing events related to the problem adjusting their solutions appropriately leading up to and during the conference.

PNWIS Environmental Challenge History

How does the Environmental Challenge work? How can I prepare?
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2020

PNWIS Virtual EC

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2019

Butte, Montana

2018

Nanaimo, BC
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2017

Boise, ID
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2016

Juneau, AK
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2015

Skamania Lodge, WA

2014

Spokane, WA

2013

Victoria, BC
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2012

Portland, OR

2011

Harrison Hot Spring, B.C.
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2010

Missoula, MT

2009

Cle Elum, WA

2008

Anchorage, AK
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2007

Boise, ID
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2006

Victoria, BC
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2005

Bellingham, WA
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2004

Portland, OR

2003

Anchorage, AK

2002

Tacoma, WA

Past Winners

For more information, contact PNWIS Students Coordinator Melody Kieneker at Melody.Kieneker@erm.com.

 

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