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2018 CEC Youth Innovation Challenge

Skyrocket your green idea!

Environmental Protection Agency

Type of Challenge: Ideas
Submission Start: 01/15/2018 12:00 AM ET
Submission End: 04/03/2018 12:00 AM ET

This challenge is externally hosted.

You can view the challenge details here:


Welcome to the 2018 Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Youth Innovation Challenge! This challenge aims to engage North American youth in the work of the CEC, increase awareness of shared priority sustainability issues among Canada, Mexico and the United States, and facilitate communication and collaboration between North American youth on entrepreneurship, innovation and partnerships for green growth. North American youth aged 18 to 30 are invited to enter the challenge to compete for C$5,000 in seed funding and a chance to present their idea to North America’s top environmental officials at the 2018 CEC Council Session in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. From all the ideas on the platform, nine semifinalists will be invited to develop their innovative ideas into full proposals.

Please keep in mind that there are two phases for this competition.

  • The Idea Phase runs from Jan. 15 to April 3.
  • The Proposal Phase begins April 16 and has a deadline for submissions on May 7.

To be eligible for the Proposal Phase, it must first be submitted in the Idea Phase. Be sure to read the full guidelines for participation.

Make sure to tell us about your green idea on the Youth Innovation Challenge Facebook page or Twitter using the #Youth4Innovation hashtag! Follow the CEC on Facebook at or on Twitter at Click here for the Semifinalist Project Summaries and Winners of the 2017 Youth Innovation Challenge. [embed][/embed] About the CEC The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was established by the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, the environmental side agreement to NAFTA. An intergovernmental organization, the CEC brings together citizens and experts from governments, nongovernmental organizations, academia and the business sector to seek solutions to protect North America’s shared environment while supporting sustainable economic development. Find out more at: CEC initiatives are undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada, through the Federal Department of Environment; the Government of the United States of America, through the Environmental Protection Agency; and the Government of the United States of Mexico, through the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales.


Please see full guidelines for the challenge.

How To Enter

See full guidelines for the challenge.