JMU Challenge 2012
Engaging Students in Collaborative, Creative Problem-Solving
2011 Promotional Video
JMU Defining Characteristic: The University will be an environmentally literate community whose members think critically and act individually and collectively as model stewards of the natural world.
Challenge: To create sustainable solutions for the JMU campus to reduce, reuse, recycle, repair and restore. We can have the greatest impact by changing social behavior. Student teams must generate feasible ideas and develop those ideas into viable proposals to progress the JMU campus towards the ideals of zero waste (lower environmental impact, lower emissions, lower energy consumption, etc).
- Promote critical thinking about environmental stewardship.
- Build skills in project cultivation, proposal development, and professional practice.
- Generate ideas and develop viable solutions that can be implemented to improve environmental stewardship practices at JMU.
- Create a team of students with one faculty or staff advisor.
- Know what JMU is already doing to create a sustainable campus by visiting the ISNW website: http://www.jmu.edu/stewardship/whatJMU.shtml.
- Verify the feasibility of your proposal. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will provide feedback to be sure that your proposal is not already implemented or is not cost prohibitive.
- Post your two-minute video pitch to YouTube and then e-mail the link, along with your team member names/majors/e-mail addresses and title of your submission to email@example.com before midnight on Friday, March 30th. Submissions received after the deadline will not be included in the competition. Any projects that violate university policy, law or common sense will be disqualified.
- A panel of judges from JMU faculty, staff and alumni will judge the entries and provide feedback to each participating team.
- The top three entries will present to a panel of judges on Wednesday, April 18th from 5-6 p.m. in 309 Taylor Hall. A first place winner will be selected.
- The winning team will submit a proposed budget by Monday, April 30th to implement their proposal.
- Alumni will be assigned to mentor the team through the launch of the green initiative in Fall 2012.
Participating Organizations: Center For Entrepreneurship, Net Impact, and the Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World.
JMU Challenge 2012 Final Competition:
Example of a winning team proposal:
All You Can Eat Sustainability
Implement a one-plate-at-a-time rule in dining halls
Brittany Bailey, Social Work
Evan Botello, Political Science
Ranna Mohajer, International Business
Brian Sham, Quantitative Finance
Alyson Toole, International Business