CU Sustainable Solutions Challenge

CU President's Sustainable Solutions Challenge 2022

Innovate

The CU President’s Office invites students to present their ideas for sustainable innovations and solutions in competition for a cash prize. The CU President’s Sustainable Solutions Challenge (PSSC) is a competition series that seeks to encourage student-led innovation in sustainability at UCCS or throughout the entire CU System.

The competition will take place on each campus and is open to entry for students enrolled at that campus. The campus winners will be awarded a prize of $1,000. Additional prizes may be awarded to runners up and audience favorites. All participants will be invited to attend a sustainability summit on April 21 on the CU Boulder campus. The Grand prize will be awarded during the sustainability summit.

For the competition, students (as individuals or teams) are invited to develop multidisciplinary approaches that result in short-pitch presentations that describe proposed sustainability solutions to address environmental quality, natural resource use, and social justice with economic longevity at UCCS or throughout the CU System. Qualifying teams will present their ideas to a panel of judges and will be evaluated on anticipated impact, innovation in addressing a sustainability issue, and the feasibility of the idea. Prize funding will be directed toward the individual or teams and not to project implementation. All proposals will be shared with appropriate campus units for consideration for potential implementation.

Students can submit their interest forms anytime before proposals are due.  Each campus will host an information session in February and a proposal workshop in March.  Proposal submissions are due Friday, April 1 and up to 20 proposals will advance to the campus-level first stage pitch competitions.

For more, detailed information about timelines and the challenge structure, visit www.cu.edu/pssc

Sustainability Challenges of our UCCS Campus Community

  1. Transportation

    Review our 2021 STARS Submission for up-to-date information. Transportation can be found:

    The STARS Comparative Analysis report can be found here for additional information about our scores from our 2018 submission to 2021. 

  2. Resource Conservation

    Review our 2021 STARS Submission for up-to-date information. Energy, water, GHG, and renewable energy can be found:

    The STARS Comparative Analysis report can be found here for additional information about our scores from our 2018 submission to 2021. 

  3. Innovative Land-Use

    Review our 2021 STARS Submission for up-to-date information. Land management and biodiversity can be found:

    ​​​​​​​The STARS Comparative Analysis report can be found here for additional information about our scores from our 2018 submission to 2021. 

  4. Justice | Environmental + Social + Just Transitions

    Review our 2021 STARS Submission for up-to-date information. JEDI practices can be found:

    The STARS Comparative Analysis report can be found here for additional information about our scores from our 2018 submission to 2021. 

  5. Food + Agriculture

    Review our 2021 STARS Submission for up-to-date information. Community engagement can be found:

    The STARS Comparative Analysis report can be found here for additional information about our scores from our 2018 submission to 2021. 

  6. Sustainability Awareness + Engagement

    Review our 2021 STARS Submission for up-to-date information. Community engagement can be found:

    The STARS Comparative Analysis report can be found here for additional information about our scores from our 2018 submission to 2021. 

Proposal | Criteria + Evaluation
Final Proposal Submission Requirements
Proposal | Criteria + Evaluation
Campus Pitch Night Evaluation Categories
Pitch | Criteria + Evaluation
Grand Prize Additional Evaluation Categories

Deadlines + Dates

Deadlines + Dates
  • Informational Session

    All interested teams, including those who have not registered yet, are invited to join. Here you will learn about strategies and resources for success, get more detail on the advancement and selection criteria as well as the purpose of the competition, and have an opportunity to ask questions that you may have about competing in the PSSC.  This is optional for participants.

    DATE TBD

  • Proposal Workshop

    In a two-hour coaching session, you will have access to professionals to help you develop your main points, justifications, and sharpen the delivery of your idea in front of judges and an audience. This will also be an opportunity for you to network with professionals and potentially connect with a subject matter expert for advice. Neither event is mandatory to attend but both will provide valuable resources to strengthen your run at the prize.

    DATE TBD

  • Proposals Due

    Final proposals for the competition will be due on Friday, April 1 for all teams on all campuses. Final Proposals will be evaluated by a proposal review committee, and the 20 best proposals from each campus will be carried forward to compete in the Campus Pitch Night.

  • UCCS Pitch Night

    Each campus will host its own pitch night as a competition among the entrants from that campus. A panel of local judges will assess each pitch based on the criteria outlined below. The winning team or individual will receive an award of $1,000. The top two proposals will be invited to compete for the Grand Prize on April 21, at CU Boulder.

    DATE TBD

  • Grand Prize Round @ CU Boulder

    The final component of the competition is the Grand Prize Night. This will entail pitches by the top two teams from each campus to a panel of judges. The event will be held as part of the celebration of Earth Day on the CU Boulder campus, and simulcast to all campuses from the CU Boulder Glenn Miller Ballroom. The winning team will be announced and receive a cash prize. Prize funding will be directed toward the individual or teams and not to project implementation.

We're ALL FOUR: SUSTAINABILITY