Undergraduate Students!

We would like to invite you to participate in the sixth annual Environmental Challenge, which is being held in conjunction with the Conference on the Environment (COE).  The COE---to be held on November 19, 2014 at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center (CECC) in St. Paul, Minnesota---is an annual conference jointly sponsored by two of the leading regional organizations of environmental professionals:

The Upper Midwest Section of the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA)
The Minnesota Section of the Central States Water Environment Association (CSWEA)


The Environmental Challenge is an opportunity for students to:

  • Network with over 120 section members and exhibitors;
  • Work to solve a complex environmental problem that is typical of those facing environmental professionals, today; and,
  • Earn a cash award (top 3 teams) for the best delivery of a problem solution.


To participate, you should take the following steps:

  1. Review the attached Protocol, which explains the procedures for participating in the Environmental Challenge.
  2. Review the attached Problem, and begin formulating a written proposal, table-top presentation, and formal presentation.
  3. By October 10, e-mail your team's Intent to Participate to Chandler Taylor.  Please include your school name and a point of contact to receive any updates.


Note: all attachments are also included in the "2014 Environmental Challenge Packet", below.

It should be a great experience!  Any questions should be directed to Chandler Taylor by email, or by phone at (952) 832-2621.