We are holding a sustainability case competition at SFU Beedie. This involves teams of 3-4 grad students from various schools dissecting a real business issue in a limited amount of time and presenting their solutions to a panel of judges. The judges will score each presentation and the winners will be announced and presented with a cheque during the closing ceremony on the day of the event.
The purpose of the event is to a) enhance visibility of sustainability issues, b) promote SFU within the case competition circuit and c) include the west coast as a leader in solving sustainability issues.
Goal 1: Community Impact
Impact goal one is to provide a local business with problem-solving expertise on their sustainability-related issue. We are selecting a live case for this competition so a local business benefits from the work put in by the 8-12 student teams who will be competing.
This goal will be measured by the quality of the recommendations presented, as determined by the business in questions, We will hold a meeting with this business after the event concludes to determine their overall satisfaction with the analyses and whether they have approved the implementation of the winning solution presented.
Goal 2: Student Impact
Impact goal two is to provide students with an opportunity to implement newly-acquired skills in a business setting while providing opportunities for effective feedback from the business community. Supplementary to that, our goal is to encourage students to think about sustainability issues in the workplace, whether it be in a sustainability-focused organization or not. The key is for them to understand they can influence positive change in the business community.
This goal will be measured through a post-competition survey through Survey Monkey. The key questions will ensure participants felt they had the opportunity to utilize presentation, analysis and team-work skills while networking with like-minded industry peers.