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Design competition: indoor greenery system and the built environment

Students have the opportunity to provide potential solutions to integrating indoor greenery systems with the built environment to mitigate climate change. In this competition, students showcase their best creativity and design ideas based on cutting-edge knowledge and technologies for indoor greenery systems and indoor environments.


  • Each team (2-3 students) needs to register on the UW competition website and submit their competition materials before the submission deadline. Students from different majors are encouraged to form teams.

  • Each team member must be a registered student at the University of Wyoming in Spring 2021. If a team is awarded, each student participating as a team will have the prizes as described

  • Be sure to check out the competition's Facebook Group if you are looking for others to form a team.


Competition criteria changes annually. Students must submit a design statement (3-page limit, including one cover page, Times New Roman, 12pt), a PowerPoint presentation highlighting key points of the design statement (10-slide limit), and a video to introduce participants and present your team's design idea(5-minute limit). 

All submitted work must be original work. Proper citations and references must be given if you need to refer to existing studies. Each submission will be reviewed by judges from industry and academia on the novelty, practicality, and the level of integration between greenery systems and the indoor environment of the design ideas. Students should consider how the integration of indoor greenery systems affects occupants, interior space, and resource demands (energy and water).

See full competition criteria for complete project requirements.


  • First Place: 2TB portable hard drive and one of your favorite books up to $25

  • Second Place: 1TB portable hard drive

  • Third Place: Texas Instruments TI-36X calculator or one of your favorite books up to $25

Top winners of the design competition may have the opportunity to be mentored by Civil and Architectural Engineering faculty and participate in selected parts of the research project on building integrated indoor greenery systems sponsored by the National Science Foundation as an undergraduate researcher (1-2 openings) for Spring 2022.


Congratulations to our 2021 Design Competition: Indoor Greenery System and the Built Environment winners!

  • First Place: Chloe Mattilio and Franklin Froehlich

  • Second Place: Alaa Elkhazindar  

group photo of 2021 competition winners



Bianca Celestin, P.E.

Owner/ Principal, Valentina

A NYC SBS Certified Minority and Woman Owned Business


University of Wyoming

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

Department Head, Associate Professor


Denver Botanic Gardens

Director of Horticulture & Center for Global Initiatives


University of Wyoming

Department of Plant Sciences

Extension Horticulture Specialist




Dircetor of Atelier Ten










Please contact the competition organizer Liping Wang at with any questions on this competition.

Please contact Caitlyn Spradley at with any issues with the website or submission for the competition.

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