Sustainable Solutions Competition

Competition Date:
Visual Display Judging: March 12, 2020 (2:00 – 4:00 PM)
Captains Meeting: March 12, 2020 (7:00 PM)
Presentation: March 13, 2020 (12:30 – 5:30 PM)
Construction: March 13, 2020 (8:00 – 11:30 AM)

Competition Location:
Visual Display Judging: Memory Mall
Captains Meeting: Business Administration 1, Room 221
Presentation: Health and Public Affairs, Room 119
Construction: Memory Mall

Competition Schedule:
Sustainable Solutions Order.
On Friday, all Sustainable Solutions events (Construction/Presentations) will follow this order. For the construction portion, there will be two (2) construction lanes. More details will be provided at the Captains Meeting.

You can upload presentation materials here. Teams should bring a back up file on a USB in case of technical difficulties.

Technical Paper – February 22, 2020
Technical Paper Submission Form

Sustainable Solutions Rules


Q: How many people can participate in the presentation?
A: For the presentation, each team may have no more than four (4) presenters.

Q: Will we need to bring items to fill the leftover space in the build area (tangible items) or will we need to just explain in the paper and poster how we plan to use the space?
A: The build area will only consist of the bus stop structure. The conceptual site will be described in the technical paper and displayed on the poster.

Q: Will there be a visual display before the competition? At what point is the structure judged on aesthetics? 
A: The judging for the visual display (Site Design) portion of the competition will be held Thursday March 12, 2020. This accounts for 15% of your total score and is outlined in the Sustainable Solutions Rules (see section 6.5).

Q: What is the standard for sustainability of materials?
A: Sustainable materials are defined as those products which provide environmental, social, or economic benefits while protecting public health and the environment over the whole life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials until final disposal. Teams should follow the Envision checklist in Appendix A.

Q: On the envision checklist, do we get more points if we go over 15?
A: From section 9.1 of the rules, teams are required to reach fifteen (15) credits to receive credit for sustainability. Teams must have at least one (1) credit from each of the three categories. 35% of your teams score will come from the Sustainability category.

Q: 3 sides of the shelter need to be protected, but does the whole side need to be protected?
A: The three (3) protected sides should be able to shelter occupants from rainfall.

Q: Is the minimum height for headroom or total height?
A: The total height of the structure should be a minimum height of 6′ and a maximum height of 7′.

Q: Do we need to include excess materials (not in the final structure) in the carbon analysis?
A: The carbon analysis will only consist of materials used in the structure.

Q: Can we have a better distinction between “panel” and “member”? We have something resembling more of a member but doesn’t fit into the member dimensions but does fit into the panel dimensions.
A: Structure components should fit into one of the categories outlined in section 10 of the competition rules. The difference between a member and a panel is with the dimensions and well as the stipulation that panels must be fabricated prior to competition. I’ve forwarded this question to the National student conference competition committee to see if they have any additional input.

Q: Does the carbon analysis calculations refer to the CO2 emissions of the material after installation, during the production and sourcing of the material or both?
A: From Section 6.3.2 of the rules: “All construction projects leave a carbon footprint through the energy, materials, and methods utilized during the process. Teams should calculate the carbon impact of their structure. All materials used in the structure must be included in an embedded carbon analysis.”

Q: Does the number of people participating in the assembly of the bus stop has any repercussion in the ending evaluation?
A: No.