SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, USA - APRIL 1, 2009 - Timing is everything. And the timing for CIE's inaugural UW Environmental Innovation Challenge on April 1 has been ideal. With everyone talking about “green jobs” and the power of “innovation” to create growth, CIE's Challenge emphasized clean-tech solutions to environmental problems AND market impact. 16 student teams pitched their ideas ranging from vending machines to eliminate plastic water bottles and systems for boosting the efficiency of industrial motors to algae-based fuels and harnessing wind power to desalinate water.
Photos by Matt Hagen.