A Competition for Sustainability

Sustainable Solutions invites college students (undergrad and grad) and Philadelphia high schoolers to tackle the UN Sustainable Development Goals through project-based solutions. This year's competition theme is Localizing the SDGs, so students will work in teams of 2-6 to address the most urgent sustainability issues in Philadelphia. As long as you are passionate about one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, you can compete. Our mission is to provide the necessary resources for all competitors to succeed, regardless of their major, grade level, or background.

We also strive to highlight Philadelphia-based businesses that value the triple-bottom line, in hopes of encouraging careers in sustainability. Thus, if you represent a corporate entity, consider sponsoring us.

Timeline of Events

  • Kickoff Event

    November 30, 2018 Huntsman Hall F85 5:00 - 6:00pm

    Our kickoff event was held at Huntsman Hall F85 at 5:00-6:00pm. Please view our kickoff slides here .

  • Resources

    Our team at Sustainable Solutions will gladly provide travel reimbursements for you and your team to venture into the city to meet your problem at hand (apply here). We will also pair you with a Penn faculty mentor who specializes in your project focus area (apply here ). Lastly, our team is always willing to troubleshoot your project idea (email us at team@sustainabilities.org).

  • Registration

    Deadline: March 1, 2019

    All teams must register in order to submit a project and compete. Only 1 team member needs to register on behalf of the team. Please access the registration form here .

  • Submit Project

    Project submission will open in mid-February! Project submission deadline is March 1. All projects will be verified to present at our inaugural competition by March 8th.

  • Inaugural Competition

    March 23, 2019 Kleinman Center Energy Forum, Fisher Fine Arts Library

    Finalist teams will get to present their projects in front of our esteemed panel of judges, win exciting prizes, and, ultimately, implement their solutions with the help of Sustainable Solutions and our various community partners. Our main goal is to implement your projects in the real world.

Sponsors and Partners

Sustainable Solutions is impossible without our wonderful sponsors and partners. Thank you for making the world a better place.