Sustainability Scholarship - Entries due April 1, 2017
The Solid Waste Industry has historically been thought of as
an end point for various goods and materials used, and subsequently
discarded as solid waste by the community. With issues of space
and public perception, landfills cannot serve as the sole method
for the disposal of solid waste in the future. Although various
sustainability initiatives exist, most are not readily implemented
on a large scale.
Applicant(s) shall present an innovative sustainability initiative
which works towards a zero waste future and provide a plan for
implementing the idea in their community.
1st Place: $3,000
2nd Place: $1,500
3rd Place: $500
Who is eligible for a Sustainability Challenge Scholarship?
Students enrolled in or that are planning to enroll in a New York
State science or engineering undergraduate or graduate program
within the 2016-2017 academic year are eligible to compete for
the Sustainability Challenge Scholarship (i.e. graduating high
school seniors, undergraduate students, graduate students). Students
may work individually or in a team (teams of 1-2 students are
What are the submittal requirements?
Applicant(s) are required to submit a proposal that presents an
innovative sustainability initiative for the management of solid
waste. The proposal should contain a description of the initiative,
a feasibility analysis, an implementation plan for integrating
the initiative into their community (college, dorm, town, county,
etc.), and applicable references to support the information presented
in the proposal. The proposal should be up to 7 pages (double
spaced), not including supporting figures, tables, drawings, etc.
The proposal shall be submitted in PDF format to the Sustainability
Challenge Representative listed in the Contacts section. If other
means would enhance the presentation of your initiative, or if
you would like feedback on your proposal, please reach out to
the Sustainability Challenge Representative.
For student eligibility verification, a Faculty signature (i.e.
professor, teacher, guidance counselor, etc) will be required
on the Application form. Select schools have volunteer Faculty
Contacts (please see the table in the Contact Section) that may
be used as a resource for Sustainability Challenge guidance. If
your school does not have a Faculty Contact, please have a Faculty
member sign the Application form, and reach out to the Sustainability
Challenge Representative if you have any questions.
Entries due April 1, 2017
Scholarship finalists to be selected by May 1, 2017
Challenge Scholarship information sheet
Challenge Scholarship Application