Contest Details

Your university or college team (or teams) is invited to participate in the annual International Environmental Design Contest in competition for recognition, awards, travel opportunities, and cash prizes. Your team(s) can compete in one or more tasks designed to overcome environmentally-related challenges, and at the contest – held at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM – your team will demonstrate a working bench-scale model of the process(es) you develop.

Registration and Entry Fee

Registration Deadline: December 16, 2016
Entry fee Deadline: January 13, 2017

The entry fee for each participating university team is $950, which accommodates up to five team members and one faculty member for the first task your university enters. You may enter as many teams as your university would like, in any of the tasks.

For schools that wish to take on additional tasks each task requires a registration fee of $650 which will accommodate up to four team members and a faculty advisor.

Additional team members or advisors can be added for $150 per person.

Based on previous experience with teams that have earned top honors in the design contest, we recommend that your team include a combination of graduate or undergraduate students from various disciplines, such as engineering, food science, technical writing, science, health, law, business, and other related fields.

Task Deliverables

  • A Written Report (30% of total score) for each task that you are competing in is due no later than March 17, 2017. Please provide a 2nd copy of your executive summary in a separate word file.
  • A Safety Summary and Flow Sheet (5% of the total score) of your proposed process that includes information related to: bench-scale operation, process safety, chemicals (include MSDS sheets) used and waste stream emission is due via email no later than March 24, 2017.
  • A 15-minute Oral Presentation (25% of the total score) on your proposed design for each task will be made at the competition on April 3, 2017.
  • A Bench-Scale Demonstration (30% of the total score) of your process will be made at the competition on April 4, 2017.
  • A Poster Presentation (10% of the total score) for each task you are competing in will be made at the same time as the bench-scale demonstration.

Bench-Scale Operating Permit and Chemicals

Bench-Scale Operating Permit
An Operating Permit will be issued to you prior to starting your process at the contest. WERC Safety Officers will inspect each booth for the following:

  1. A copy of the Safety Summary, MSDS Sheets, and Flow Sheet (due to the WERC office by March 24, 2017).
  2. Two copies of the Material Safety Data Sheets (one copy in the booth and one copy for the WERC Safety Officers) for any hazardous chemicals (as stipulated by OSHA 1910.1200 hazard communication standards) used in the bench-scale process. Please bring this to the contest with you as well as submitting it as part of the Safety Summary and Flow Sheet.
  3. A copy of the Participant Safety Contract signed by team members (this contract will be provided to you at the contest for signatures and should be returned to the WERC safety officer).
  4. A National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) placard for your chemicals (to be filled out at the contest).

Cash Awards

Award amounts are subject to change based on the number of teams participating, available funding and sponsorship. If there are less than four (4) teams competing in a task, that task may be combined into a category to compete with other tasks that also have less than four (4) teams competing.

First Place Award per task $2,500
Second Place Award per task $1,000

Other possible awards may include: Outstanding Paper Presentation, Outstanding Oral Presentation, Outstanding Poster Presentation, Outstanding Bench-Scale Presentation, and others selected by the judges.

 Shipping Information

An Equipment Form describing equipment being shipped to WERC for the contest must be received via email no later than March 24, 2017. It is recommended that you ship your equipment to Las Cruces via UPS, Federal Express, etc., to simplify transportation demands. Prior arrangements must be made in advance for return of equipment to your school. Since we will be receiving many shipments, you should mark your shipping containers with your school name and number of boxes (i.e. 2 of 4).

1025 Stewart St., EC I, Room 121
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
(800) 523-5996

Although we would prefer that no packages over 100 lbs. be shipped, they should be shipped to:
Attn: Paul Crouch/Design Contest
1600 Wells Street
Las Cruces, NM 88003
(575) 646-7868

Due Dates

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