Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science™ Competition

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The Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science™ Competition exists to identify and reward the best of today's environmental engineering and science. Its criteria define what it takes to be the best in environmental engineering and science practices: a holistic environmental perspective, innovation, proven performance and customer satisfaction, and contribution to an improved quality of life and economic efficiency.

The E3S Competition, begun in 1989, is organized around the normal phases of development and implementation of environmental management projects and programs: research, planning, design, and operations and management. Each year, the entrants to the competition display a wide range of projects from innovative designs in waste treatment plants to new water treatment technologies to a one-of-a-kind Superfund site cleanup. At the same time, we see that today's engineers are becoming significantly more integrated in a team/project approach, allowing for greater flexibility and efficiency in project management. The application of new technologies combined with experienced environmental engineering and science practices make these projects the award winners they are.

Those chosen for prizes by an independent panel of distinguished experts, addresses the broad range of modern challenges inherent in providing life-nurturing services for humans and protection of the environment. They are but a small percentage of the many projects involving environmental engineers and scientists around the world. Nevertheless, their innovations and performance illustrate the essential role of environmental engineers and scientists in providing a healthy planet. These award winners testify to the genius of humankind and best exemplify the Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science™ criteria.

Winners of the E3S Awards will also qualify to compete for the IWA Global Project Innovation Awards (PIA) and have the opportunity to profile their companies' capability and innovation in the field of water engineering on a global level. For more information, please visit http://www.iwa-network.org/iwa-project-innovation-awards/.

Entry Categories

  • Design - of pollution control or other environmental facilities.
  • Environmental Sustainability - the support of the quality of life while living within the carrying capacity of all systems. A long term balance of environmental stewardship, economic development, and social well being is achieved, including renewable resources timely regenerated, timely substitute replacement of nonrenewable resources, harmful substances absorbed timely or made harmless.
  • Industrial Waste Practice - recognizes outstanding projects that incorporate innovative management and technological approaches to industrial water and waste management issues at pilot or full scale, in: treatment of water for industrial uses; reclamation of industrial liquid, solid, toxic and hazardous wastes; and integrated waste management and industrial process modifications to achieve waste minimization and pollution prevention objectives; Management of air emissions; Remediation of groundwater and riverine, lake, estuarine, and marine water; Brownfields/Greenfields restoration; and Management of radioactive waste materials. Grand Prize winners in this category are also awarded the W. Wesley Eckenfelder Industrial Waste Management Medal, which is sponsored by AquAeTer.
  • Operations/Management - of pollution control or other environmental facilities, prevention programs, or environmental regulatory programs (federal, state or local).
  • Planning - related to an environmental control project, system or environmental management facilities or activities.
  • Research - of a basic or applied nature that advances the state of the art of environmental engineering or science.
  • Small Firms - Any category above conducted by a small firm with annual gross revenue of $5,000,000 or less.
  • Small Projects - Any category above related to a potential or actual capital expenditure of $5 million or less or an operation or management activity with an annual budget of $500,000 or less.
  • University Research - of a basic or applied nature under the direction of a full-time faculty member. Third parties can "nominate" another for the award and provide the entry materials.

Awards

Projects are judged by an independent panel of distinguished experts in environmental engineering and environmental science using a scoring system. Details of the scoring criteria are included in the Entry Guidelines.

Honor Awards are awarded to projects acheiving a judging score within 90% of the Grand Prize winning project.

Grand Prize is awarded to the highest scoring project in each category.

The Superior Achievement for Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science™ Award is presented to the highest scoring project in the competition, regardless of category.

E3S Reservation Form

Entering is easy and the submission process is done entirely online! It starts with simply downloading, completing, and emailing the 2018 E3S Reservation Form to Sammi Olmo. The reservation form acts as an intent to enter the competition. You will then be assigned a personal and secured drop box for electronically submitting your project. Completed entries for the E3S Competition must be uploaded by February 1. You may submit the reservation form at any time, but it is advised that you submit your reservation form no later than a week before the project submission deadline to review instructions for and test your secured drop box.

2018 Entry Forms

E3S Reservation Form
E3S Official Entry Form
E3S Waiver
E3S Payment Submittal Form
E3S Entry Guidelines
E3S Sample Entry Package

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