NMEPS for the first time conducted a quiz program targeted at students of Class IX and X across several schools in Navi Mumbai. The initial round was carried out through a written multiple choice test that was carried out by the schools. NMEPS had designed the quiz questions for this round while the school teachers conducted the quiz. Students participated as individuals here, and the best three from each school then formed a team to represent their school in the Final Round.

The final round was conducted along with the annual World Wetland Day celebrations on 28th January 2017 at the Delhi Public School (DPS). The finalists were teams from DPS, DY Patil, DAV Nerul and Apeejay School.  After four closely contested rounds, DAV School won the inaugural Navi Mumbai Green Gladiator trophy.

The teams won subscriptions for the Sanctuary Asia magazine and other awards along with the gleaming trophy. The event was attended by hundreds of school students, teachers, and parents, along with other dignitaries. Given the enthusiastic support and participation that the Final round received, NMEPS decided to make this an annual event.