Last Day to Submit to the CEC’s Youth for Innovation Challenge

Last year, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation launched a fantastic challenge with inspiring results. Youth from across North America shared incredible ideas that included creating concrete from recycled plastic or powering grocery stores on food waste, and more. To learn more about last year’s challenge and winners, you can read the full case study here. But they’ve launched the challenge for a second year in a row and it’s exciting to see the ideas so far!

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was established by the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, the environmental side agreement to NAFTA. An intergovernmental organization, the CEC brings together citizens and experts from governments, nongovernmental organizations, academia and the business sector to seek solutions to protect North America’s shared environment while supporting sustainable economic development.

This year’s innovation challenge aims to harness the creativity of college and university students and young entrepreneurs by eliciting bold and innovative technology, science and business ideas that can advance green growth in North America.

Today, however, is the last day to propose ideas and post comments on the ideas of others. So if you’re between the ages of 18 – 30 and you have an idea that will help meet North American sustainability goals, submit it today! We’re excited to see the bold new ideas that come in this year. Here are some of the ideas that we think are most exciting:

Recycling Materials for Bike Gear. This project is fun and engaging, and we love it, because it not only tackles reusing existing materials, but it encourages more green transport on bikes.

An Express Kitchen Composter. Move over KitchenAid – this is about to be the most valued kitchen appliance! It can compost food waste for your garden in under three hours.

An Environmentally Responsible Air Conditioner. Did you know that air conditioning ranks number one for energy consumption and air pollution in Mexico? This student has created an air conditioning unit that uses 80% of the energy required by regular air conditioners and this new unit is completely free of refrigerants.

Which ideas are you most excited about?

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