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Sustainable Solutions Challenge

What's your idea? 

The 2022 Sustainable Solutions Challenge focused on a team's identification of an issue on campus and asked that they come up with a solution relevant to campus needs. Compared to previous years, this challenge did not ask for submissions around a specific issue on campus, giving students more creativity to develop proposals centered on the perceived needs of the University of Richmond campus in regards to sustainability and wellness.

Students from all majors were invited to enter the Sustainable Solutions Challenge and pitch their best ideas, so long as the idea is centered on the campus definition of sustainability and has relevance to the University of Richmond's Sustainability Plan. The team with the winning proposal was awarded $500 per team member and invited to work on the implementation of their solution.  

The Sustainable Solutions Challenge is a team challenge, with teams composed of a minimum of two with a maximum of four members. Teams submit initial written proposals that are reviewed by a first-round review panel. A number of teams are selected to move on to the preliminary phase. From there, three finalist teams are selected to present to a final review panel of faculty and staff. 

The problem statement and winning solution can be viewed below.

Problem Statement

The Problem Statement for the 2022 Sustainable Solutions Challenge can be viewed here

Winning Solution

The winning solution for the 2022 Sustainable Solutions Challenge was "Green Roofs at UR". 

Written Proposal

Final Presentation

First-round Review Panel

- Kelsey Fastabend, Sustainability Program Coordinator

- Joyce van der Laan Smith, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, Robins School of Business

- Scott Lincoln, Associate Director Custodial and Environmental Services

- Emily Boone, Director of Biology and Environmental Studies

Final-round Review Panel

- Suraya Souidi, Class of 2022, Challenge Intern

- Rob Andrejewski, Director of Sustainability

- Carol Parish, Associate Provost for Academic Integration     

- Terry Baker, Executive Director Dining Services

- Mickey Quinones, Dean Robins School of Business

- Somiah Lattimore, Director Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Sustainable Solutions Challenge Partners