WISE Case Competition

Western's Ideas for Sustainability & the Environment (WISE)

2022 WISE Case Competition Important Dates

  • February 1 - 9:
    Registration period
  • February 10:
    Case launch
  • March 4:
    Case proposals due
  • March 11:
    Shortlisted proposals announced
  • March 24:
    Case competition presentations
  • March 30 @ 1-2pm ET:
    Innovation & Impact Symposium 

 

About WISE

The WISE Competition was established in 2014 to foster innovative and high-impact ideas that reduce or eliminate today’s most pressing environmental concerns. From 2014 - 2021 the aim of the competition was to generate innovative ideas and initiatives among Western students around the topic of sustainability in a broad sense to inspire positive change.

This year, for the 2022 WISE Competition, the format will be a case competition focusing on a specific sustainability challenge related to our campus; Reducing Western's commuting transportation Scope 3 emissions. The case will be applicable to students from all areas of study. Teams that are interdisciplinary, representing various years of study, and a mix of undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged! 

Registration is open from February 1st - 9th, and the full case will be shared with registered teams on February 10. Students will have just over three weeks to develop their case proposals, which should include feasibility considerations for the suggested solutions. Addressing social, environmental and economic aspects of proposals is encouraged. Proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee, and finalists will be invited to pitch their idea to a judges panel in a brief oral presentation.

The competition is open to individuals and teams of maximum four students.

Selection criteria

Western will award well-developed and impactful ideas that address the case problem. We are looking for your ideas on what needs to be done, how it could be done, how much it will cost/save, and what the expected outcomes are. Entries can be made by single applicants or teams of up to four (4) students. The selection committee reserves the right to not award prizes, based on the quality of the applications.

The 2022 WISE Case Competition is now closed and will re-open winter term of 2023.