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Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development Applications Open

Modified: February 19, 2015

The Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development is designed to stimulate contributions toward sustainable development for the benefit of engineering, construction, chemical, and petrochemical organizations; the academic community; and society as a whole. Whether related to new building techniques, new chemical and petrochemical processes, alternative environmental uses or sustainable materials, projects should explore innovative practices, methods and ideas that can be implemented in a variety of real-world ventures.

Launched in 2012, the United States edition of the Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development invites university students nationwide to join us in the search for innovative technologies and methods to promote sustainable and responsible development.

The First place award is a total of $40,000:
$20,000 to the Participant or Participant Group;
$10,000 to the Advising Professor;
$10,000 to the University

Refer to the Guidelines page for other award amounts.

In order to compete, students must submit a paper (“Entry” or “Entries”) on engineering contributions to sustainable development. Students may work individually, or in groups, under the supervision of an Advising Professor.

  • Innovation: new or alternative methods, models, and technologies related to engineering, construction, or chemical practices that have the potential to drive real change.
  • Results & Impact: measurable or quantifiable results that produce a significant positive impact.
  • Potential to Scale up & Replicate: viable on a broad-scale and/or replicable in other settings.
  • Feasibility: financially sustainable business model (i.e. cost of implementation must be offset by savings, gain, or value-added).
  • Value Creation: generate value for stakeholders.
  • Sustainability: alignment with Odebrecht’s view on sustainability—a multidimensional phenomenon that encompasses social, economic, environmental, political, and cultural dimensions. Visit www.odebrecht.com/en/sustainability to learn more about Odebrecht’s Sustainability Policy.
  • Relevance: Applicability to the Odebrecht Organization’s operations, with a focus on:
    • Engineering and Construction
    • Chemicals and Petrochemicals
    • Transportation and Logistics
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Energy
    • Oil and Gas
    • Other: ideas that push the boundaries and demonstrate a holistic approach of sustainable principles to create value, improve quality of life, generate opportunities, and promote sustainable progress within the Odebrecht Organization business realm.

Individual students (Participants) or groups (Participant Groups) up to no more than 3 students from the same university are eligible to apply. Participants applying must be pursuing a degree in Engineering (all areas), Architecture, Building and Construction Management, or Chemistry. Participant Groups applying must have at least one team member pursuing a degree in these fields.

Each Entry must be advised by a professor (“Advising Professor”) of the Participant or Participant Group’s University. The Advising Professor must lecture in at least one of the following: Engineering (all areas), Architecture, Building and Construction Management, or Chemistry.

The application deadline is Sunday, May 31st, 2015 at midnight EST. Applications are currently being accepted.

If you have any questions, please email Aaron Wooden in Corporate Engagement at Northwestern University.

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