The Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development is designed to promote innovative ideas that embody an entrepreneurial spirit. Odebrecht USA and Braskem America are looking for technically exceptional work that pushes boundaries and demonstrates the holistic application of sustainability principles.


The Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development is open to undergraduate and graduate students from accredited universities across the United States. Students must be enrolled full-time for the academic term (January-May) in which the competition takes place.

Projects may be undertaken individually or in a group of no more than three students under the supervision of an Advising Professor. If in a group, students must be enrolled at the same university and are encouraged to invite team members from other schools or departments within their institution. At least one student in the group must be pursuing a degree in Engineering (all areas), Architecture, Building and Construction Management, or Chemistry.


Students may submit entries during the award period beginning January 1 and ending May 31. Winners will be announced at an award ceremony to be held in the Fall season.


Selection Process

1. Screening

Verification of all requirements, accompanying documentation, and Entry format as stated in the Guidelines.

2. Shortlist

An Internal Review Committee will then evaluate and rank all Entries based on the evaluation criteria. The Top 15 Entries will proced to the next phase.

3. Final Selection

An External Judging Panel will evaluate and rank the 15 Finalists; the Top-three(3) entries will be awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes.



For detailed information about the Judging Process, please review the Award Guidelines below.

Meet Our 2015 Judges


Official Guidelines Document

Participant Certification

Professor Certification

Sample Project Format