If you have an idea for an environmental project or are looking to compete against other students and schools in environmental competitions, there are both internal and external programs to explore. New opportunities are added as they become available and are also announced in the News & Events section. If you hear of a funding stream, challenge, or competition open to students that isn’t featured here, let us know.


Climate Policy Innovation Challenge (Spring Quarter 2021)

In this competition, teams of students will work together to address a real-world climate policy challenge. Students will have the opportunity to apply skills in policy analysis, communication, data analytics, and economic analysis.

Green Fund

As part of the University of Chicago’s commitment to student research, scholarship and innovation around sustainability, Campus and Student Life launched a Green Fund in collaboration with the student-led UChicago Environmental Alliance (UCEA). Up to $50,000 in grants is available in the 2020-21 academic year to support student-led research and projects for improving campus sustainability and reducing the University’s environmental impact. Please direct any questions to


DOE Geothermal Technologies Office Spring 2021 Geothermal Collegiate Competition

The Spring 2021 Geothermal Collegiate Competition features a new theme: Community Direct Use. College and university teams will identify sites that could leverage local geothermal energy potential to heat and cool buildings, campuses, districts, or entire communities via direct use technologies. The Competition is heating things up in more ways than one—students will gain real-world renewable energy industry experience by designing a real-life use case, performing a resource assessment, and evaluating usage and loads.

DOE Solar Decathalon

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition, comprising 10 contests, that challenges student teams to design and build highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy. The winners will be those teams that best blend architectural design and engineering excellence with innovation, market potential, building efficiency, and smart energy production.

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