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WOHESC 2023 Student Sustainability Action Challenge

2023 Winners

1st Place: Foodscape | Portland Community College

2nd Place: Second Helping | Edmonds College

3rd Place: Crop Connect | Edmonds College

WOHESC 2023 Student Sustainability Action Challenge

Monday, March 6, 2023 | 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM PT

This is a challenge event for students as an introduction to the process of tri-sector innovation thinking as a means to develop solutions to complex problems including: empathizing, defining, ideating, prototyping, and iterating. We challenge you to generate ideas and find creative solutions built for people who will actually use them. Outcomes of this process might come in the form of programs, actions, processes, or artifacts - physical or digital. This experience provides students with a valuable skill set to use in the future along with a creative, productive way to tackle complex sustainability focused issues. Higher education institutions are invited and encouraged to recruit one or more student teams of 3-4 students to participate in this challenge!

The Workshop component offers a combination of guest expert speakers, collaborative group ideating and project development and mentorship from local industry leaders. The Pitch-Fest component will consist of time for the top teams to pitch their Sustainability Action Idea, judging and awards.


Finalist Pitch-Fest: Wednesday, March 8th | 11:15 – 12:30 PM

Teams are encouraged to:

Free to join for registered WOHESC 2023 attendees.

Students team registration deadline is Friday, February 24th. Registration is now closed.

Cash prize awards are given for this challenge!

1st place: $500

2nd place: $300

3rd place: $200


Environmental Considerations Does the project consider the environmental sustainability of its implementation and execution? How will the project impact the ecological conditions of the region in both the short and long term?

Interactivity, Inclusivity, Social Justice, Diversity, Equity Are there efforts made to promote inclusivity, access, engagement and collaboration? Does this solution account for and benefit marginalized communities? Is there space for reflection on the experience of others within this solution? Is it socially responsible?

Originality and Creativity Has this been done before? We are interested in creative problem solving that goes beyond what has been tried before and will inspire action and thinking outside of the box. We are particularly looking for innovative actions that will inspire solution-building.

Solution Oriented Is this a potentially effective solution to address the problem? Does it bring stakeholders together from separate divisions of the campus or community to create collaboration and to break-down traditional silos?

Quality We are looking for actions that convey a clearly articulated subject and objective. Pitches should meet the high standards of the academic institutions that host the conference.

Replicability Does the project offer long term value prospects? Can it be implemented in other regions or locations? Does it have a plan for continuation on its campus, city, or area?