Transforming Our Tomorrow: A New Clean Energy Vision


As the world seeks to find the solutions that will build resiliency in the face of climate change, universities and colleges have stepped up to the plate. Innovation and creativity are pivotal in driving the technology we need to change the current unsustainable system of energy production.

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UB Sustainability is searching for students from across New York State to present their revolutionary ideas that will create a more sustainable world through clean energy. Students that have completed a project or program, or have an idea for a new policy or invention, can apply to compete for a cash prize at the University at Buffalo’s Transforming our Tomorrow. Participants will have five minutes to showcase their work either in teams or individually.


Each presentation will be scored by a panel of judges on from the following rubric:

  • Creativity
  • Presentation
  • Research

First place will receive $3000, second place $2000, and third place will receive $1000. 

One project will be awarded a bonus prize of $200 for its consideration on the social impacts of clean energy. This could mean their project's implications for low-income communities, developing countries, gender equality, education, racial equity and more.

All students that participate will receive a professionally edited video of their presentation. 

Your talk will strive to:

  • Challenge the audience's pre-conceived notions of a particular topic
  • Present something that the audience has probably never thought about
  • Reveal something the audience has never considered about an existing topic
  • Inspire the audience to take action


December 14th: Application below is due. In this application, you are required to submit a 1-2 minute video pitch. It doesn't need to e a fully polished idea, but a summary of your concept. Please upload these files to UBBox and attach the link in the space provided.

January: The Transforming our Tomorrow committee will view each submission and assess them using a rubric. The top teams will be notified in mid to late January. 

February, March and April: Presenters will have opportunitites to train with faculty and staff that have presented at TEDx type talks

April 30th: Transforming our Tomorrow Competition held at the University at Buffalo. Location TBD 


I understand that if selected I will have to: 

  • Meet with a coach to develop my talk online or in person
  • Attend a table read in early April 
  • Attend the full event on April 30th


Past Competitions