COMPETITION INFORMATION (2016)

Option 1

"Renewable Roadblocks"

"Why isn't the entire world powered by renewable energy?"

We are looking for competitors in this category to successfully reconcile the major roadblocks preventing renewable energy from dominating energy markets today. Teams can create a plan as broad or specific as they see fit and address a scale (global, national, local, etc.) and audience (NJ government, industry, consumers, non-profits, etc.) of their choosing.

In a 5-7 minute live presentation...

  • FOCUS on one type of renewable energy (solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower, etc.) and explain why it is promising for a specific climate and energy goal (cutting emissions to prevent the 2-degrees of warming, changing a society's mindset, successful sustainable development in developing areas, etc.)
  • DESCRIBE roadblocks from at least three avenues (scientific, policy, economic, social, etc.)
  • OUTLINE a comprehensive and innovative solution that addresses the roadblocks described
  • [At registration] SUBMIT a digital and print-copy of the presentation and a Works Cited with at least 5 scientific articles or book sources

Real-world Solution Examples:


Option 2

"Envisioning NJ'S* Energy Future"

 Source: eia.gov

Source: eia.gov

"How should New Jersey's* energy plan evolve to best serve both environmental goals and the state's own development goals?"

We are looking for competitors in this category to successfully show understanding of New Jersey's energy systems today and then offer an energy plan especially fitting for New Jersey's unique culture that keeps the interests of New Jersey. Teams can create a plan as broad or specific as they see fit and address an audience(s) of their choosing (NJ government, industry, consumers, non-profits, etc.).

In a 5-7 minute live presentation...

  • REVIEW NJ's current energy profile and plan, emphasizing areas unique to the state
  • PINPOINT areas of high potential (what NJ is already doing well that can be done better, or what needs to be improved) in at least three avenues (scientific, policy, economic, social, etc.) for a specific climate and energy goal (cutting emissions to prevent the 2-degrees of warming, changing a society's mindset, successful sustainable development, etc.)
  • OUTLINE a comprehensive and innovative energy plan that addresses one or multiple "areas of high potential" for New Jersey, possible options include:
    • Suggest new power source goals by percent or MW and reasoning behind them for the state government's next energy plan
    • Give business advice to NJ companies on how to be more climate conscious and energy efficient while also increasing profits
    • Analyze the values of different NJ regions and create a campaign to influence consumers to make smarter energy choices
  • [At registration] SUBMIT a digital and print-copy of the presentation and a Works Cited with at least 5 scientific articles or book sources

Starting Point Resources:

*For participants not from New Jersey, feel free to adapt this topic to your own state to submit in the "Free Choice"


Option 3

"Free Choice"

 Source: clipart

Source: clipart

"What is one topic in energy or energy-related areas that you are especially interested in and how can it effectively aid in solving the world's climate and energy problems in some way?"

We are looking for competitors in this category to successfully identify a pressing topic in climate and energy discussions, explain its importance, and then offer a step-by-step solution within the realm of this topic to achieve progress toward a climate and energy goal. Teams can create a plan as broad or specific as they see fit and address a scale (global, national, local, etc.) and audience (NJ government, industry, consumers, non-profits, etc.) of their choosing.

In a 5-7 minute live presentation...

  • EXPLAIN the topic and why it is promising for a specific climate and energy goal (cutting emissions to prevent the 2-degrees of warming, changing a society's mindset, successful sustainable development in developing areas, etc.)
  • DESCRIBE roadblocks from at least three avenues (scientific, policy, economic, social, etc.)
  • OUTLINE a comprehensive and innovative solution that addresses the roadblocks described
  • [At registration] SUBMIT a digital and print-copy of the presentation and a Works Cited with at least 5 scientific articles or book sources

Example Topics and Resources (will be continually updated until November 1st):