Sustain OC Foundation presents Sustainability Leaders of the Future Challenge

The Sustain OC Foundation is a 501 c3 non-profit managed by Sustain SoCal (501 c6 non-profit). The Foundation’s mission is to empower the Orange County youth to analyze and address community issues through the lens of sustainability using teamwork, technology, and partnership based approaches.

The “Sustainability Leaders of the Future” program is for Orange County High School Juniors.

OC school districts will be given the option to either assign a school within the district or select a team of high school juniors from within the district. The student teams are tasked with creating a solution for a current sustainability concern in Orange County.

At the beginning of the school year, school districts and, later, teams will be presented with an existing local environmental issue/problem with which they are tasked to define a solution. Their resources, beyond the usual research tools, will be the members and partners of Sustain SoCal which include cleantech companies, corporations of all industries, local government, colleges, investors and other nonprofits. 

After a review of the applications in February, three to five finalists will be chosen to further develop their projects. In May, these finalists will present to the Sustain SoCal Board of Directors when a winner will be announced. The winning team will win $3,000, and the school or district it represents will receive a plaque recognizing it as the winner of The Sustain OC Foundation Climate Change Design Challenge.

Please see links on this page for further details concerning the Challenge.

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Timeline & Process

Stage of Challenge Deliverables Due Date
Initial Communication
Initial outreach letter from Sustain SoCal and ENGIE to Districts
November 30, 2022
Complete the linked interest form to register for the Challenge
Now -Dec 15, 2022
Initial Presentation
Submit written report
February 1, 2023
In person live presentations by participating teams at UCI Innovation Center
February 10, 2023 10:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
Optional UCI Beall Applied Innovation overview and tour after the event
February 10 2023 2:00 p.m.
Finalists Announced
February 15, 2023
Final Presentation
Submit written report and PPT
May 8, 2023
In person live presentations by finalist teams- Location to be announced
May 13, 2023
Winning Team Announced
May 22, 2023

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