Students from Montclair, Rahway and Bergenfield high schools are challenged in the 2020 Sustainability Challenge Workshop held at Montclair State University on March 12, 2020 from 8:30 - 1:30.

Funded by First Energy and Picatinny Arsenal, the Challenge will be held at Montclair State University’s Clean Energy & Sustainability Analytics Center. During the Challenge, up to 120 high school students will closely interact with the workshop’s undergraduate facilitators and subject-matter experts. These interactions encourage students to visualize themselves on a college campus and provide exposure to a unique array of professionals and STEM-related careers. 

*SGAP Leaders' 2020 Sustainability Challenge will be centered on a real-world case study based on the US Army’s Armament Research, Development & Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal. Students assume the role as summer interns for Ultimate Clean Energy Solutions (UCES), a fictitious consulting company that advises federal, commercial, and industrial entities that want to shift toward renewable energy. UCES was awarded a contract with Picatinny Arsenal. Students will work within 3-5 person research teams to determine how best to increase Picatinny Arsenal’s clean energy. Each team will develop a portfolio consisting of solar photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, and geothermal heat pump systems that would allow Picatinny Arsenal to obtain 50% or more of their current energy needs from on-site renewable energy within the next 5 years, then present their recommendations and supporting rationale. The team with the highest score will receive an award.

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*SGAP Leaders (Student Global Ambassador Program) is a non-profit which offers custom-designed programs in STEM, Sustainability, and Social and Environmental Justice, SGAP Leaders engages students to think critically and creatively about real-world environmental and social problems of our time, and to work collaboratively to devise community-based solutions to tackle such problems. 

For more information, email mj@sgapleaders.org or call 862 242 0226.