Fuel the Future: a student design competition

Transportation is changing quickly. Driven by a focus on decarbonization and consumer demand for high quality goods, we are rethinking the fueling station of the future.

Design the Station of 2030

To help us imagine the fueling station of 2030, Global Partners is holding a design competition for undergraduate and graduate student teams attending school in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Whether it’s gasoline and diesel from more renewable sources, electric vehicle charging or hydrogen fueling, these locations will have to support many different types of fueling.

We anticipate travelers may spend more time at fueling stations in the future. A co-located convenience store that provides a great experience, and serves local travel and food needs will be important. Travelers may be attracted to other amenities, such as exercise, walking trails, dog parks and relaxation areas.

Submission Details

Register your team

Fill out this google form to register, providing your name, team members, team name, contact information, school and graduating year.  After reviewing your registration, we will send a link where you can upload your submission.

Teams may be comprised of up to five students. Individual submissions are also welcome.

Information Session

To learn more about the competition, please watch the video of the information session below.

Watch Fuel the Future 2030 September 7th Information Session

Submissions Due: October 14

  • Design drawings
  • Concept description, no more than 10-pages which includes:
    • Executive Summary of plan
    • Description of design drawing including: amenities, mix of fuels offered
    • Challenges and opportunities
    • How does your design address sustainability while staying realistic to where the technology is today?
    • For all team members please include: school, major/area of study, anticipated year of graduation and contact information.
  • All files should be submitted as PDFs and uploaded (info below). Please include team name and contact info on all files.

Finalists Announced: Week of October 24

  • Judges announce finalists. This group may be asked to provide additional detail about their submission.

Award Presentation & Reception: November 16

All participants will be invited to the award night. Finalists will be invited to display their project designs.

  • Top 5 will be invited to make presentations at the final event
  • Top 3 will be awarded cash prizes

Here are this years judges:

  • David Avery – Sr. Director of Design and Store Planning, Global Partners LP
  • Jami Cook – C-Store and Retail Services Architectural Lead
  • Mark Cosenza – SVP GDSO, Global Partners LP
  • Daniel Gatti – Director of Clean Transportation – Executive Office of Energy and Environment, Massachusetts
  • Tammy Klein – Founder and CEO, Transport Energy Strategies
  • David Rodriguez – Director, Innovation North America Enel X


Cash Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams:

First Place:


Second Place:


Third Place:


How you will submit your proposal

Once your team is registered, we will send you a link for submitting your proposal.  Please be sure to label all documents with your team name and contact info. All files should be PDFs.


For questions about the competition, please contact:
[email protected]

See Official Rules here.