Skyrocket your green idea! Commission for Environmental Cooperation Launches Second Youth Innovation Challenge

Enter our challenge to compete for $5,000 in seed funding and present your green growth idea to North American environmental leaders in Oklahoma City

Montreal, 15 January 2018—Show us what you’ve got! North American environmental ministers are calling on youth to champion bold ideas for green growth to address the complex sustainability challenges we currently face. Visit to submit your science, technology and business innovations and get the chance to present your idea to North America’s top environmental officials, receive C$5,000 in project seed funding, and meet with experts at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC).

“Innovation is the key to North American sustainable growth, enabling us to use our natural resources to grow our economies and quality of life while preserving the environment, ecosystems and human health. North American youth are creative and innovative and we are looking forward to their ideas on green growth,” said Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency and CEC Council Chair.

The CEC Youth Innovation Challenge is open to residents of Canada, Mexico and the United States (and its territories) aged 18-30. Participants are encouraged to look beyond incremental solutions and propose bold ideas to leapfrog to solutions that address the complex sustainability challenges facing North America. Ideas will be evaluated based on four criteria: innovation, impact, feasibility/replicability and profitability. Students and young entrepreneurs are invited to propose ideas on a broad range of green growth topics.

The challenge opens 15 January 2018 and idea submissions are due by 3 April 2018.

This is your chance to make a difference! Start posting your ideas, or commenting and voting on those of others today! Ideas can be submitted in English, French or Spanish. For more information and guidelines, visit

Make sure to tell us about your green idea on Facebook or Twitter using the #Youth4Innovation hashtag.  Follow the CEC on Facebook at or our Twitter @CECweb.

Skyrocket your green idea