2017 WERC Environmental Design Contest

The 27th WERC Environmental Design Contest will be held April 2-5, 2017

2017 Results – Photos for the banquet and the event can be found on our FaceBook page.

Task Awards:

Task 1 – Open Task – Sponsored by the State of New Mexico

  • Judges Choice Award for Outstanding Paper – Ohio University
  • Second Place – University of Idaho
  • First place – University of California, Riverside

Task 2 – Passive Solar Distillation of ARD Waters – Sponsored by Freeport-McMoRan

  • Judges Choice Award: Best Complete Bench and Outstanding Poster – University of New Mexico
  • Second Place – University of Idaho
  • First place – University of Arkansas

Task 3 – Tailings Dust Emissions – Sponsored by Freeport-McMoRan

  • Second Place – Montana Tech
  • First place – University of Arkansas

Task 4 – Internet of Science and Engineering – Sponsored by INTEL

First place – University of Idaho

WERC Resources Center Pollution Prevention/Energy Efficiency Award: Task 1 – New Mexico State University

Peer Awards

  • From Task 1 – New Mexico State University
  • From Task 2 – University of Idaho
  • From Task 3 & 4 – Task 4 – University of Idaho

Freeport-McMoRan Innovation and Sustainability Award: Task 2 University of Arkansas

Intel Environmental Innovation Award: Task 1 California State Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo Team B’s Removal of Copper Ions from Roof Runoff

Outstanding Student Award – In Memory of Intel’s Terry McManus:

  •  Task 1 Terry McManus award: Hira Yoshirara-Saint of the University of California, Riverside.
  •  Task 2 Terry McManus award: Marcus Holland from Montana Tech



Our current plan is to hold the contest at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces (Directions).  Please be aware that this may change based on the number of teams that register.

Important Dates

Contest Registration Due December 16, 2016
Entry Fee Due January 13, 2017
Written Report Due March 17, 2017
Safety Summary, MSDS Sheets, and Flow Sheet Due March 24, 2017
Equipment Transportation Form Due March 24, 2017
Opening Ceremonies/Safety Meeting (mandatory) April 2, 2017 @ 6:30pm



Number of Teams Registered as of:


Task 1 – Open  9
Task 2 – Passive Solar Distillation of ARD Waters  8
Task 3 – Tailings Dust Emissions  4
Task 4 – Internet of Science and Engineering  3

Registration Form

Contest Details

General Guidelines


Peer Review Guidelines

Travel & Lodging

Local Hardware Stores

This year we have had a company that has created an Ecosystem tool offer a free 6-month free evaluation period for participants in their Beta program. WERC/IEE is not endorsing the program as we have not used it; however, it may be helpful for the teams. Please be aware that depending on when you download it, it may time out before the contest so please back up your files (see #6 of the Primary Features). WERC/IEE is not affiliated with the company and will not be able to act on your behalf. Information from the company:

Benefits of Ecosystem to Design Teams Participating in the 27th International Environmental Design Contest

For the 3 confirmed tasks for 2017 (Open, Passive Solar Distillation of ARD Waters, and Reducing Tailings Dust Emissions), the Ecosystem for Learning and Team Design can help teams participating in the 27th International Environmental Design Contest

  1. systematically capture and prioritize the requirements,
  2. conduct objective analysis of concept design candidates,
  3. communicate effectively through the message board provided.

The Ecosystem Ver. 1.0 is a comprehensive design decision support system, whose central goal is to uncover design oversights early in the design process. It is a generic framework for engineering design, that provides guidance to designers through the design process, and offers real-time notifications in case of oversights.

You can download the Ecosystem SW from: http://www.imagars.com/download-ecosystem-6month/