Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge
The development of new solutions to advance sustainable and affordable energy will be a vital ingredient to America's competitive future. Historically, solutions to pressing global issues have emerged from innovative approaches and fresh, inspired perspectives. Students at UW-Madison are exceptionally suited for solving the sustainability challenge through innovation and entrepreneurship. Among research universities, UW-Madison ranks in the top ten, with an entrepreneurship program ranking in the top 25 in the nation. As a university, it is second only to Harvard in the number of alumni who are CEO's of Fortune 500 companies and ranks first in the number of students who have worked in the Peace Corps. This famous entrepreneurial spirit and vision for social change make our campus ideal for a competition focused on the issue of global sustainability. We invite all UW-Madison students to contribute their own creative solutions and adapt to the related risks through the Wisconsin Energy & Sustainability Challenge.
The Challenge offers two prizes:
The Global Stewards Sustainability Prize
With generous funding from the Global Stewards Society (John F. & Mary Cooper; Gary & Ellora Cooper; Christine Cooper; John & Mary K. Noreika; Peter Vogel, Vogel Brothers Building Company; David Beck-Engel, J.H. Findorff & Son; Scott J. Repert, Superior Health Linens), The Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) has established the Global Stewards Sustainability Prize (GSSP) to inspire UW-Madison students from every department to create innovative solutions to the causes and impacts of global environmental change.
Successful projects will improve environmental sustainability (e.g. reduce energy use, improve water quality, protect biodiversity). We invite all forms of innovation, whether technical or social in nature, and we strongly encourage interdisciplinary teams.
The Dvorak Energy Prize
Established in 2011 by UW-Madison College of Engineering alumni Stephen Dvorak, his son Eric Dvorak and the Dvorak extended family, the Dvorak Energy Prize offers cash prizes for the best energy-related technology ideas. Participating undergraduate and graduate students must submit a paper documenting the idea and its market potential, along with a prototype or proof of concept statement on the technology. Student ideas are not restricted to any specific category and can relate to energy generation, storage, efficiency or sustainability.