Smart Campus Challenge

Think you’ve got the fix for a campus sustainability problem? Pitch your next big idea and sell Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP) on sustainability for a chance to get your dream project funded — all while positively impacting campus.

Each year, OSEP provides philanthropic contributions to a variety of organizations, projects and programs. For the 2018-2019 academic year, OSEP will support campus sustainability innovation by sponsoring a venture capitalist-style sustainability competition for students.

Teams of 3 to 5 students from every Ohio State University campus will have the opportunity to propose projects that support the university’s sustainability goals.

The first-place winning team will have the opportunity to travel to ENGIE’s Innovation Week in June — paid for by ENGIE. In 2014, ENGIE launched an innovation initiative to connect innovators and their solutions with the stakeholders who need them most. The winning team will have the opportunity to attend the Innovation Week Trophy award ceremony in Paris, France, and see first-hand the world’s next innovative energy solutions. To learn more about Innovation Week, visit

Submit your project:
Develop a campus sustainability project & submit to OSEP for evaluation.

Present your project:
“Sell” your project to the judges and compete for project funding.

Execute your project:
Winners will have until Spring 2020 to implement their campus sustainability project. 

Proposals must be submitted by December 7th, 2018.

Visit the following link to learn more about the challenge: