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2021 Case Competition: Undergraduate Students Changing the World Through Business

WE ARE excited to be launching the first annual

Smeal Sustainability Undergraduate Case Competition

The Center for the Business of Sustainability is organizing the first annual Undergraduate Sustainability Case Competition, a hands-on opportunity to work on a cross-disciplinary team, to use business and markets to solve real-world social justice and environmental conservation challenges.

With the great work conducted by the Nittany Lion Consulting Group and our years of experience running a national MBA sustainability case competition, we invite all undergraduate business students from ALL Penn State campuses across the common wealth to experience how business can change the world.

Student teams who make it too the finals will have the opportunity to present in front of some of today’s leading sustainability and social impact executives.

Registration Closes March, 10 and case competition details will be shared with participating teams with the first round starting on March 12.

What is the Focus of the Case Competition

This year’s case will focus on an equitable business response to climate change. More specifically, contestants will be asked to work at the intersection of clean energy, climate change, and urban renewal and/or rural economic development. In short, how can business address climate change while simultaneously providing economic benefits to low-income communities? The case and specific details will be released on March 12.

Who Can Participate

The competition is open to Penn State students from any campus. To participate, students will put together teams of four, two of whom are required to be business majors.

Important Dates


Student Prizes and case competition would not be possible without the support of our company sponsors IBM, Perdue Farms, and Verizon

For more information regarding the Sustainability Case Competition and Center Events, follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter, or contact us at

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