Transforming Our Tomorrow: A New Clean Energy Vision 2019

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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.

Congratulations to our Competing Teams!

Joshua Hazelnis, UB: Jeans for Renewable Energy Storage

Joshua Hazelnis, a chemistry and chemical engineering student, won first place with his idea on developing a Methylene Blue wastewater management system using renewable energy storage. He also one the award for being the most socially just pitch.

Jacob Rada and Arianna Paules Aldrey, UB: Net Zero Cooling

Jacob Rada and Arianna Paules Aldrey, electrical engineering students, won second place with their presentation on climate neutral cooling infrastructure.

Dakota Bragg, Clarkson University: Designing Smart Housing

Dakota Bragg, a civil engineering student from Clarkson University, won third place with her presentation on the Smart Housing Project.

Austin Reese and Isaac Rezey, UB: The Future is Green- A Solar Revolution

Austin Reese and Isaac Rezey, chemical engineering students, pitched their project on organically regenerative photocatalytic solar panels for hydrogen production.

Shreya Mukherjee, UB: Clean Energy Utilization and Food Production

Shreya Mukherjee, a chemical engineering student, presented on clean energy utilization to synthesize ammonia for onsite use as fertilizers and fuel.

2019 Information

UB Sustainability is searching for individual students or student groups from across New York State to present their passion in creating a sustainable world through clean energy.  Students that have completed a project or program should apply to present their work in a five minute speech with minimal use of graphics.   Students that have an idea for a new policy, program, or invention can pitch it to the audience. Lastly, groups of students can present their work in a PechaKucha-style using images that automatically advance for a total of two minutes. 


In total, eight individuals or groups will be chosen to present in April. Each of the 

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. 

Indvidual students that have completed research or service, or have an idea for a new policy or innovation involving clean energy have the opportunity to present it in a five minute format on stage at this clean energy symposium. They should highlight the successes and struggles of the project, and envision its potential future. 

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


Applications are due December 16th 

Presenters will be notified mid-January.

Presenters will train with a coach throughout March and April.

The Clean Energy Symposium will be April 30th 


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