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Climate CoLab Contest Winners


 

 2016 Contest Period: 17 contests, 579 submissions, 27 winners, 1 Grand Prize, 3 honorable mentions
 2015 Contest Period: 23 contests, 550 submissions, 37 winners, 1 Grand Prize, 2 honorable mentions
 2014 Contest Period: 18 contests, 582 submissions, 34 winners, 1 Grand Prize, 3 honorable mentions
 2012-2013 Contest Period: 18 contests, 374 submissions, 28 winners, 1 Grand Prize, 1 honorable mention
 2011 Contest Period: 2 contests, 6 winners
 2010 Contest Period: 1 contest, 4 winners
 2009 Contest Period: 1 contest, 4 winners

 

Grand Prize Winners

 

 

 

 

Climate Smart

2016 Grand Prize Winner
for the proposal 
Business Energy and Emissions
Profile (BEEP) Dashboard

Eden Full 

2015 Grand Prize Winner
for the proposal 
SunSaluter: a low-cost, passive solar tracker that produces clean water

Danielle Dahan 

2014 Grand Prize Winner
for the proposal 
Improve Building Energy Performance:
Green Job Skills Training

Dr. Geoffrey Hay and the HEAT team

2013 Grand Prize Winner
 for the proposal 
Whose Home is wasting more energy,
 yours or your neighbours?



Honorable Mentions
 

2016 2016 2016

Deploy microgrids to the developing world using a franchise business model based on open source hardware to reduce cost.
James Gula of Franchised Microgrids

Reducing Methane Emission While Enhancing Rice Farmers’ Resilience to Climate Change
Benjamin Huber and Juna Shrestha fo ClimateRe

My Energy Xpert: a home and small business energy management solution
Nishaant Sangaavi and Alex Corneglio
2015 2015 2014 2014  2014 2013

An economically and legally viable mechanism for internalizing marine emissions
Beatriz Martinez Romera, Dirk Heine & Goran Dominioni

National campaign in India aimed to create a network of young Energy Ambassadors
Amit Kulkarni

A Carbon Tax in Pro-Growth Fiscal Reform
Adele Morris
A Collaborative Solutions Communication Platform
Anne-Marie Soulsby & Mandolin Dotto Kahind

Democratic Finance: Energy Of the People, By the People, For the People
Job Taminiau, Gordon Schweitzer, Kathleen Saul & Sardar Mohazzam

Reimagine prosperity; reframe sustainability; reshape consumerism
Peggy Liu & Chenyu Zheng

 

2016 Contest Period

 

2016 Grand Prize Winner

 

The Vancouver, BC company Climate Smart took home this year’s $10,000 Grand Prize for its Business Energy and Emissions Profile (BEEP) Dashboard, a carbon mapping tool that connects cities and businesses working to cut carbon emissions.

“We’re deeply humbled and inspired by this recognition,” said Elizabeth Sheehan, Climate Smart President and CEO. “Cities are the front lines in the climate challenge, yet often have limited resources. Our software helps them get the most bang for their buck, so they can be more effective in their work.”“We’re deeply humbled and inspired by this recognition,” said Elizabeth Sheehan, Climate Smart President and CEO. “Cities are the front lines in the climate challenge, yet often have limited resources. Our software helps them get the most bang for their buck, so they can be more effective in their work.”

2016 Honorable Mentions

 

Reducing methane emissions from rice farming by Benjamin Huber and Juna Shrestha of ClimateRe.
They proposed a mechanism to reduce methane emission while enhancing rice farmers’ resilience to climate change.

Franchised Microgrids for the Developing World Based on Open Source Components by James Gula of Franchised Microgrids.
They proposed to deploy microgrids to the developing world using a franchise business model based on open source hardware to reduce cost.

My Energy Xpert: a home and small business energy management solution by Nishaant Sangaavi and Alex Corneglio.
They built "My Energy Xpert" which is a SMART energy audit and monitoring app empowering people to save time, money and lower their energy footprint.

Winners of the 2016 Contests

 

Adaptation


 Judges' Choice Winner
Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines Project / Sustainable Shores
Sustainable Shorelines generates info about best shoreline management options preserving ecology through adapting to climate change impacts.

 Popular Choice Winner
Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Strategies for Property and Community /  Climate.IQ
Climate.IQ is a web tool that uses spatial and statistical analysis to conduct climate risk assessmennt for properties and communities.
 

Aviation

Run in collaboration with MIT Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment

 Judges' Choice Winner and Popular Choice Winner (At Large)* 
Strategic Investment to Scale-up Aviation Biofuel / sunny1990 & vmthomas1
Focusing heavy investments from China to ramp up sustainable biofuel production can bring global costs down.

 Popular Choice Winner
Cross Flow Air Turbine (CFAT) Auxiliary Power Unit / AirMach Innovations
Zero fuel Zero Emission replacement technology for aircraft's Auxiliary Power Units (APUs).

 

Buildings


 Judges' Choice Winner
Cooperative Building /  Kaenga
Let's build more sustainable buildings by empowering people to design their homes and shape their communities.

 Popular Choice Winner
Cooperative Building /  Kaenga
Let's build more sustainable buildings by empowering people to design their homes and shape their communities.

 Popular Choice Winner (At Large) *
RentRocket.org - Bringing transparent energy data to rental housing markets /  RentRocket.org
If we want to reverse climate change, we have to reach people who don't think about it. Let's make climate-friendly housing decisions easy.


Energy Supply


 Judges' Choice Winner
Franchised Microgrids for the Developing World Based on Open Source Components /  jlgula
Deploy microgrids to the developing world using a franchise business model based on open source hardware to reduce cost.

 Popular Choice Winner
The Collective Power Platform /  roelofsmichiel nikodem.bienia
The Collective Power Platform is a local peer to peer energy trading market for and by prosumers.


Energy-Water Nexus


 Judges' Choice Winner
Infrastructure for a Livable Future /  CRWA
Community Water and Energy Centers produce reliable, renewable and resilient energy and clean water while restoring the natural environment.

 Popular Choice Winner
Infrastructure for a Livable Future /  CRWA
Community Water and Energy Centers produce reliable, renewable and resilient energy and clean water while restoring the natural environment.

Improving Firewood for Clean Cookstoves

Run in collaboration with Patrimonio Natural and Minka-Dev

 Judges' Choice Winner 
Dry firewood needs seasoning, covered storage and a drying chimney /  climaterescue
After careful seasoning and storing, use a simple drying chimney for firewood. Next generation cookstoves can also be carbon-positive!

 Popular Choice Winner
Smokeless gas cylinder stove with wood drier / saadithya
Modifying old unused gas cylinder into a smokeless stove for cooking, heat radiated while using it is used for drying wood.
 

Industry


 Judges' Choice Winner 
25ºC (77ºF) /  Kiri
Regulate industry globally so all new air conditioners have a minimum of 25ºC(77ºF). Reset existing equipment to comply this new standard.

 Popular Choice Winner
25ºC (77ºF) /  Kiri
Regulate industry globally so all new air conditioners have a minimum of 25ºC(77ºF). Reset existing equipment to comply this new standard.
 

Land Use: Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock


 Judges' Choice Winner 
Reducing methane emissions from rice farming / ClimateRe
Reducing Methane Emission While Enhancing Rice Farmers’ Resilience to Climate Change

 Popular Choice Winner
Vertical and Micro-gardening(VMG) climate smart farming in Uganda /  PaulCastor
VMG is a CSA approach that uses the Vertical farming technology to convert 9 square feet into 36 square feet of farming space.

Materials Matter

Run in collaboration with Nike, INC

 Judges' Choice Winner
Empowering designers roles in using better sustainable material options /  Team Wonder
Sourceseed is a curated alternative material option platform that allows designers to co-buy fabrics with eachother at an affordable price.

 Popular Choice Winner
Empowering designers roles in using better sustainable material options /  Team Wonder
Sourceseed is a curated alternative material option platform that allows designers to co-buy fabrics with eachother at an affordable price.

MIT Climate Mitigation Solutions

Run in collaboration with MIT Office of Sustainability

 Judges' Choice Winner
100% Net Zero Carbon Plan, 60% NZ Effectively Free, Expert Team Ready! /  Net Zero Foundation
100% Net Zero Carbon for all Buildings. MIT 60-80% NZ for free! #DivestTheCampus -- Join the #NetZeroMovement to save the Planet!

 Popular Choice Winner
Building Cooling and Heating, with Solar Robotic Concentrated Thermal Collectors /  Lighthouse Group
It is economically and practically feasible, to substitute 60% of the energy we use for cooling and heating our buildings with solar energy.

Shifting Behavior for a Changing Climate


 Judges' Choice Winner
DearTomorrow, a promise to the future about climate change /  deartomorrow.org
To shift behavior and broaden the climate culture, we invite people to send open letters about climate change to loved ones in the future.

 Popular Choice Winner
What is climate change and what do I have to do with it? /  ENGAJAMUNDO
We seek to empower young Brazilians by showing them that we are part of the solution to overcome current problems caused by climate change.

Smart Zero Carbon Cities Challenge

Run in collaboration with INRS University

 Judges' Choice Winner
Interactive Business Energy and Emissions Dashboard for Cities /  Climate Smart
Create a dashboard that allows cities to understand their business emissions by sector, business size, emissions source, and track progress

 Popular Choice Winner
My Energy Xpert: a home and small business energy management solution /  energyX Solutions
My Energy Xpert is a SMART energy audit and monitoring app empowering people to save time, money and lower their energy footprint.

 Popular Choice Winner (At Large) *
Interactive Business Energy and Emissions Dashboard for Cities /  Climate Smart
Create a dashboard that allows cities to understand their business emissions by sector, business size, emissions source, and track progress

Transportation


 Judges' Choice Winner
Mini Elevated cTrains (caterpillar trains) /  terrautopia
A comprehensive solution-mass transit for all: MINI ELEVATED cTrains: seating room only - minimal height-width-length - visibly acceptable.

 Popular Choice Winner
Mini Elevated cTrains (caterpillar trains) /  terrautopia
A comprehensive solution-mass transit for all: MINI ELEVATED cTrains: seating room only - minimal height-width-length - visibly acceptable.

 

Waste Management


 Judges' Choice Winner 
Recykle | A smart phone app to manage household waste responsibly /  Kabadiwalla Connect
Develop a smart phone app that helps people segregate, compost, find their closest kabadiwalla and sign-up for local waste management events

 Popular Choice Winner 
Conscious textile reverse Logistics /  Retalhar
Retalhar is a social business that promotes reverse logistics of corporate uniforms by disposing it in a socio-environmental friendly way.

 Popular Choice Winner (At Large) * 
Recykle | A smart phone app to manage household waste responsibly /  Kabadiwalla Connect
Develop a smart phone app that helps people segregate, compost, find their closest kabadiwalla and sign-up for local waste management events

 

2015 Contest Period
 

2015 Grand Prize Winner

  
   Elen Full during her breakout session presentation

Eden Full, Jake Schual-Berke, and the SunSaluter team took home the $10,000 Grand Prize award for their proposal SunSaluter: a low-cost, passive solar tracker that produces clean water, which s a low-cost solar panel rotator which boosts efficiency by 30% and produces four liters of clean drinking water each day.

"SunSaluter's goal is to make energy and water more accessible through one simple device, and to help local entrepreneurs build businesses around it," they write in their proposal, "at a target cost of $10 per SunSaluter, this could be accomplished for $66M. We believe this could be achieved by 2024." 


2015 Honorable Mentions

An economically and legally viable mechanism for internalizing marine emissions by Beatriz Martinez Romera, Dirk Heine, Goran Dominioni, Arne Pieters & Susanne Gaede. They proposed a mechanism for internalizing marine emissions that combines charging a levy on emissions from international maritime shipping, with a fuel levy on fuel consumption by domestic shipping. 

National campaign in India aimed to create a network of young Energy Ambassadors by Amit Kulkarni. He proposed, a national campaign on energy conservation and renewable energy in Indian schools that is working towards building a network of energy ambassadors. The campaign already has support from the Indian government, and is well on its way to fostering a more environmentally-aware generation of Indians.

 

                                                


                                           Winners of the 2015 Contests

 
 

 

 

Energy Supply

Judges' Choice Winner (tie) & Popular Choice At Large* Winner
 Robotic Solar Armada /  Helionauts
 Synthetic fuel produced by solar harvesting ships can accelerate the transition to renewable energy by obviating an infrastructure overhaul.

Judges' Choice Winner (tie) & Popular Choice Winner
 Distributed Plug & Play Consumer Solar Panels - Add Capacity, Shed Carbon /  InSite Energy, LLC.
 Distribute Plug & Play solar panels to home owners, and apartment renters to make clean energy on site where you use it.

 

Industry

Judges' Choice Winner
Utilizing Molecularly Imprinted Technology to Selectively Filter Pollutants /  alexkrotz
Molecular Imprinted Polymers present a unique opportunity to make inexpensive materials that selectivly bind to and filter pollutants.

Popular Choice Winner
United States Industrial Collaboration Agency (USICA) /  SolarVibes
Removing inefficiencies of industrial innovation by facilitating collaborations and accelerating R&D solutions toward earlier adoption.

 

Rural Resilience

Judges' Choice Winner
 China’s rural-urban intensification. Envisioning the habitat of the future/ tcatta
 Design strategies to improve resilience of China’s rural towns. Envisioning harmonious relationship between the rural and urban environments

Popular Choice Winner
 Generation of Biogas energy from animal waste for use in rural areas / asigealex
 The use of Biogas energy from animal waste is a sustainable source of energy to meet the domestic energy demands for cooking and lighting.

 

Anticipating Climate Change in the Pamir Mountains

Judges' Choice Winners (tie)
 Linking Climate Information to Ecological Calendars: An Appointment With Drought /  mattbarlow
 Prepare for climate change and apply regional drought information in the Pamirs by linking climate science with human ecological calendars.

Judges' Choice Winner (tie)
 Biodiversity collections as tools for understanding changes in the Pamir Mtns /  ellwood
 Anticipate and adapt to changing phenological patterns in the Pamir Mtns through the use of historical and contemporary biodiversity data.

Judges' Choice Winner (tie) & Popular Choice Winner
 Recalibration of traditional calendars through participatory data collection /  TedW
 Traditional knowledge, participatory science, and modern data analytics to create climate- smart, farm-scale agricultural body calendars.

 

Atypical Ideas For Carbon Neutrality

Judges' Choice Winner (tie)
Sustainable Urban Food Initiative (SUFI) for Climate Change Resilience/  PlaneTiers
SUFI provides an integrated hub that sustainably manages the urban energy-water-food nexus in an era of climate change.

Judges' Choice Winner (tie)
 The Loop Transit System /  SomClimateAction
 The Loop transit system is a fleet of fare-based passenger vehicles that travel planned route within city limits on a continuous schedule.

Judges' Choice Winner (tie) & Popular Choice Winner
 CarbonGobbler - Engaging Citizens And Business In Lowering Carbon Emissions /  CarbonGobbler
 Manage and Control Carbon Emission biggies, energy use and transportation choices with CarbonGobbler. While saving money too.

 

Transportation

Judges' Choice Winner (tie)
 Networking Rwanda's Air Pollution Problem with Low-Cost Air Quality Sensors /  langleydew
 Establishing a low-cost air quality sensor network in Kigali, Rwanda with publicly accessible data empowering the public and policies.

Judges' Choice Winner (tie) & Popular Choice Winner
 An economically and legally viable mechanism for internalizing marine emissions /  Ship-Emissions-Levy
 Making polluters pay for climate damage caused by maritime emissions by overcoming avoidance, legal, data and global coordination issues.

 

Adaptation

Judges' Choice Winner & Popular Choice Winner
 Seeding Science Knowledge by engaging local experts /  Geocitizens
  Local prioritization and testing of adaptation practices supported by a collaborative mapping tool will out scale lessons learned globally

Popular Choice At Large* Winner
 Sand Dams for Climate Change Adaptation in Ghana /  G4CC
 The project aims to build six sand dams in the Upper East region of Ghana to capture and store water for domestic and agricultural purposes.

 

Energy-Water Nexus

Judges' Choice Winner (tie)
 Tidal Pump /  Robert Tulip
 The Tidal Pump, now at proof of concept, aims to shift large volumes of liquid in the ocean at lowest possible cost using new technology.

Judges' Choice Winner (tie)
 SunSaluter: a low-cost, passive solar tracker that produces clean water/  SunSaluter
 The SunSaluter is a low-cost solar panel rotator which boosts efficiency by 30% and produces four liters of clean drinking water each day!

Popular Choice Winner
Nualgi - Diatom Algae - Oxygen /  Nualgi-Diatom Algae
Diatom Algae produce about 20 to 25% of all Oxygen in the world. All the oxygen required to treat sewage can be produced by Diatoms.

 

Buildings

Judges' Choice Winner & Popular Choice Winner
3D Printing Hempcrete - The People will know what they want once they see it... /  AFMPPA
Build a full size 3D Printed Hempcrete Structure to demonstrate Hemp/3D Printing as a sustainable alternative to traditional construction.

 

Waste Management

Judges' Choice Winner
 fulFILL: A delivery service for household products without wasteful packaging /  fulFILL
 fulFILL aims to combat the waste epidemic by revolutionizing the way we consume common household products.

Popular Choice Winner
 Nualgi - Diatom Algae for Sewage Treatment /  Nualgi-Diatom Algae
 Using Nualgi to grow Diatoms is the most economical and sustainable solution to sewage treatment,growing fish and fuel and sequester carbon.

Popular Choice At Large* Winner
 GHG Rescue; Buying Waste from Households and selling it to Recycle Companies /  G4CC
 The GHG Rescue Project seeks to buy segregated waste from households in Accra, Ghana and sell it to Recycling Companies.

 

Energy Solutions For Latin America

Judges' Choice Winner
 Electricity at the lowest societal cost: holistic optimization /  EMERGE
 Electricity at the lowest societal cost by optimizing techno-economic, environmental and health impacts of electricity infrastructure  growth.

Popular Choice Winner
 Establish Local Energy Interaction Strategies (LEIS) as driver to GHG reductions /  G4 Energía
 Highly replicable solution for Latin America reality based on local energy interaction strategy to create a win-win network to GHG reduction.

 

Urban Energy Efficiency

Judges' Choice Winner & Popular Choice Winner (tie)
 Making every watt count: An intelligent demand side management system on phones / Energy-Save  (Esave)
 A smart energy audit on consumers’ phones displaying their real time electricity consumption, wastage sources n tips to reduce  energy use.

Popular Choice Winner (tie)
  Pedal power /  New Latin America
  An initative thar reduce green house gases emissions; while you generate electricity, get a healthier life and reduce vehicular traffic.

 

US Carbon Price

Popular Choice Winner
The Little Engine That Could: Revenue Neutral Carbon Fee and Dividend / CitizensClimateLobby
A revenue neutral, steadily rising fee on GHG emissions will steer the economy to a clean energy future and establish US climate leadership.

 

Land Use: Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock


Judges' Choice Winner
Integrating REDD+ and Green Economic Growth for sustainable forest landscapes / charlesehrhart
Using green economic growth to create scalable, replicable financial incentives for the sustainable management of forest landscapes.

Popular Choice Winner
 Bamboo Air Purification /  Joseph5Chepsoi
 Bamboo grows in most soils, environments, climate with minimal tillage, input, care and naturally purifies the air we breathe.

 

Shifting Public Attitudes & Behavior

Judges' Choice Winner
 Unleash the energy of millions by making climate action simple, relevant and fun /  Dylan H + Quentin  P
 It's 2050 and your granddaughter, Ohno, is suffering. Your climate action today will change her world and transform her life for the  better.

Popular Choice Winner
National campaign in India aimed to create a network of young Energy Ambassadors /  Vijnana Bharati
National level campaign on energy conservation and renewable energy in Indian schools, aimed at building a network of Energy Ambassadors


United States' Climate Action Plan 

Judges' Choice Winner & Popular Choice Winner
Plan to build low-carbon cities from the ground up in the United States /  NewCityFounders
Low-carbon cities can be engineered and built today for livability, sustainability, resiliency, energy-efficiency and affordability
 


Global Climate Action Plan 

Judges' Choice Winner
Solar Dollars: The World Currency to Price and Finance Carbon Mitigation / Global4C.org
The Solar Dollar is a currency for the people: to be issued as a reward for climate mitigation and financed by Green Quantitative Easing.
 

Popular Choice Winner
Make Climate A Top Priority for Action by Every Global Citizen and Organization / Mobilize Now
Use positive messages and small incentives to mobilize citizens and private/government organizations to combat climate change.
 


*The Popular Choice At Large award was given to proposals which received over 40% of the total votes cast in that contest.

 

 

2014 Contest Period
 

2014 Grand Prize Winner

   
   Danielle Dahan receiving the Grand Prize from Thomas Malone, Director of the Center for Collective Intelligence  

Danielle Dahan took home the $10,000 Grand Prize award for her proposal Improve Building Energy Performance: Green Job Skills Training, which addresses the shortage of qualified personnel to maintain the increasingly sophisticated heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems installed in green buildings today.

"As high performance green buildings increase in complexity," Dahan writes in her proposal, "we need to give building technicians the skills to maintain buildings and achieve high performance energy goals." The curriculum, when in full motion, is projected to save 111 million metric tons of carbon each year in the United States alone.
 

2014 Honorable Mentions

A Carbon Tax in Pro-Growth Fiscal Reform, by Adele Morris, Fellow and Policy Director of the Climate and Energy Economics Project at the Brookings Institution. She proposes a carbon tax that creates pro-growth tax reform, while also protecting the poor and reducing the deficit.

A Collaborative Solutions Communication Platform, by Anne-Marie Soulsby and Mandolin Dotto Kahindi, of Tanzania.  The proposal presents Tunza Kwa Faida (Benefits for All), a platform that combines a radio show and two-way text messaging to help coastal Tanzanians increase their resilience to climate change.

Democratic Finance: Energy Of the People, By the People, For the People, by Job Taminiau, Gordon Schweitzer, Kathleen Saul and Sardar Mohazzam, a group from the United States, Netherlands, and Pakistan. They propose installing community-funded solar projects on unused federal rooftop space, which, they predict could mitigate millions of tons of CO2 emissions. 

                               
                        Winners of the 2014 Contests (with Climate CoLab staff)


Adaptation

 Judges' Choice Winner (tie)
Stop Groundwater Plan - Save $8 Billion Majdi & Manaugh
Systems thinking leads to a regional desalination plan to replace a narrowly conceived, costly and destructive groundwater pumping plan.

Read their story

 Judges' Choice Winner (tie)
Future mangroves /  Poh Poh Wong
Mangroves to address sea level rise and coastal erosion

 Judges' (tie) & Popular Choice Winner 
Municipal adaptation strategy to climate change in Costa Rica /  Sergio A. Molina-Murillo
Implementation of climate strategy at Municipal level by empowering and training local actors with focus on agriculture and water resources.

Read their story

 

Buildings

 Judges' Choice Winner (tie)
COFA: Climate Optimized Fenestrations for Buildings in Developing Nations. / Prof. Pradeep Kini
Climate adaptive energy conserving commercial building envelopes with analytical tool COFA:Climate Optimized Fenestration Assembly.

See their video

 Judges' Choice Winner (tie)
Improve Building Energy Performance: Green Job Skills Training / Danielle Dahan
As high performance green buildings increase in complexity, technicians need the skills to maintain buildings and achieve energy goals.

 Popular Choice Winner
Passive Architectural Design Index: A benchmark for passive building techniques /  Sriraj Gokarakonda
Unless sufficiency is addressed with same rigour as efficiency, energy usage is inadvertently increased resulting in a rebound effect.

 

Communicating Coastal Risk and Resilience

 Judges' Choice Winner
A collaborative solutions communication platform / Anne-Marie Soulsby  
Solutions platform users collaboratively share adaptations to improve livelihoods & increase coastal Tanzanian's climate change resilience.

Read their story

 Popular Choice Winner
The world according to CLIVE (CoastaL Impact Visualization Environment) /  Adam Fenech
CLIVE allows citizens to visualize 3D sea-level rise and storm surge scenarios at local community scales using past data and IPCC models

See the video

 

Consumption of Products & Services

 Judges' Choice Winner
Food bikes: the low capital, low footprint alternative to food trucks /  John Romankiewicz
Food bikes are the low capital, low footprint alternative to food trucks, bringing positive economic and community development.

 Popular Choice Winner
Grocery Carbon-Coloured Shelving /  Hannah Ritchie
Design a coloured shelving system for grocery products based on carbon footprint,to help consumers make better-informed choices.

See the video

 

Crowdsourcing for Disaster Risk Management

 Judges' Choice Winner
"Save the Baby" Global Data Commons for Baby Care /  Chika Kuroda
Save the Baby: Global Data Commons created by digitized maternal and infant health record for disaster risk management

 Popular Choice Winner
We Are Ready (WAR) / Pooran Prasad Rajanna 
We Are Ready is a platform to crowd source disaster info, send disaster alerts, plan evacuation, track people & identify medical needs

 

Energy Supply

 Judges' Choice Winner
Turn your phone into a virtual power plant and get paid to optimize your energy. / Matt Duesterberg
Pay people to use less electricity at key moments when their energy is coming from the grid's most carbon-intensive power plants.

 Popular Choice Winner
Path To Zero - Energy Supply /  BAS Nederland, Arash Aazami
Bring cities to energy independence through carbon, energy and cost neutrality.

 

Global Plan

 Judges' Choice Winner (tie)
Settle the carbon debt and release the power of example! /  Jan Kunnas
I suggest how to leave the dispute about historical responsibility for climate change behind and unleash the power of example.

See the video #1 and #2 | Read his story

 Judges' (tie) & Popular Choice Winner

Carbon-Free, Fast /  Dennis Peterson
An aggressive approach that doesn't break the bank

 

Industry

 Popular Choice Winner*
STRAUT Aero: Solar Hot Air Generator /  STRAUT, Sharad Parekh
STRAUT AERO Innovative design solar hot air gen. massive potential 4 addressng industrial process heat req. economic wthout subsidies

 

Land Use: Agriculture, Livestock & Forestry

 

 Judges' Choice Winner (tie)
Global 4C: Managing Land for Carbon Sequestration with Smart Money / Delton Chen
Global 4C advocates a new source of global finance that can reward the bio-sequestration of carbon and the protection of biodiversity.

Watch the video #1 and video #2

 Judges' (tie) & Popular Choice Winner
Synergies of Reforestation & Community Empowerment in Kenya /  The Kijani Team, Tobias Lohse
Reforestation as convergence of climate change mitigation and adaptation with socioeconomic well-being and ecological restoration.

 

Shifting Behavior for a Changing Climate

 Judges' Choice Winner
Visualizing climate-changed futures with serious play /  FutureCoast, Ken Eklund
FutureCoast: a fun storymaking game with voicemails leaked from climate-changed futures. They appear in our time as mysterious chronofacts.

 Popular Choice Winner
Fossil fuel divestment: Building a social movement for collective climate action /  Fossil Free MIT, Geoffrey Supran
Fossil fuel divestment campaigns shift public opinion, empower young organizers, and generate sociopolitical willpower for climate action.

 

Transportation

 Judges' Choice Winner
Batteries on the move for a more efficient world /  eRev, Lance Noel
eRev finances V2G-capable electric vehicles so they provide grid storage, generate revenue, and cost less than traditional vehicles.

 Popular Choice Winner
Pollution meter /  Shenbagarajan Pandiarajan
Pollution prediction meter in automobiles & display panels over the roads + Emissions trading

See the video

 

U.S. Carbon Price

 Judges' Choice Winner (tie)
Sno-Caps: The People's Cap-And-Trade /  Sno-Caps Team, James D'Angelo
Employing a new form of scalable regulation, we can launch a global cap-and-trade today that sidesteps politics and incentivizes the masses.

Read their story

 Judges' Choice Winner (tie)
A Carbon Tax in Pro-Growth Fiscal Reform /  Adele Morris
Use a carbon tax for pro-growth tax reform, protecting the poor, deficit reduction, and reducing less efficient policies.

 

 Popular Choice Winner
The Little Engine That Could: Carbon Fee and Dividend /  CitizensClimateLobby, Peter Joseph
A rising fee on GHG emissions, with full dividend and border adjustments, will position the US to lead a global response to climate change.
 

U.S. Government

 Judges' & Popular Choice Winner
Democratic Finance: Energy Of the People, By the People, For the People / The Energy Commons, Job Taminiau
A people-funded green energy revolution that reconnects people to energy and repositions the US as a global leader

 

Urban Resilience: Climate Actions for Urban Areas

 Popular Choice Winner*
GreenUp - Engaging communities to build green & resilient cities in India /  Aditi Sen
A crowdsourcing platform that provides funds and educational resources to encourage adoption of green infrastructure practices in cities.

 

Waste Management

 Judges' Choice Winner
REACC (RECYCLED DEBRIS FOR ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE) /  Victor Blanco
Cement Production is the 4th global fossil carbon emission activity and it´s time to reduce and recycle debris for healthy environment

See the video | Read the story

 Popular Choice Winner
Using Biogas Technology To Improve Sanitation And Mitigate Climate Change /  Osero Shadrack Tengeya
Uncontrolled greenhouse gas emission from sewage waste will be reduced by using simple technology like utilizing this waste in making biogas

See the video | Read the story

 

Creating Public Demand for Green Building

 Popular Choice Winner & Judges' Special Commendation*
Path To Zero - Transforming energy inefficient buildings to green buildings / BAS Nederland, Arash Aazami
Bring cities to energy independence through carbon, energy and cost neutrality.

 

Youth Action on Climate Change

 Judges' Choice Winner
Climate Change is Elementary: Huge Green Fundraiser for Schools / Dave Finnigan
Kids promote the program. Vendors selling green products automatically give discounts to parents and rebates to PTAs for family purchases.

 Judges' Special Commendation
Make Our Economic Reasoning Consistent with Intergenerational Justice /  Timothy Damon
Empower youth to advocate for a just valuation of their future in the economics of climate change, thus unlocking ambitious climate action

 Popular Choice Winner
Indicators for Sustainability /  TierraVida, Marina Mansilla Hermann
Building a youth-led citizen movement to address climate change from the bottom-up
See the video

 

 

 

2012-13 Contest Period
 

2012-2013 Grand Prize Winner

  HEAT Team  
   Dr. Geoffrey Hay and the HEAT team from the University of Calgary.  

Dr. Geoffrey Hay and his team from the University of Calgary, took home the $10,000 Grand Prize award for their proposal, Whose Home is wasting more energy, yours or your neighbours? on their Heat Energy Assessment Technologies project, which shows homeowners where their homes are wasting heat, how much it's costing them, and how to fix it -- all on Google Maps and all for free. The invention will help residents improve their home energy efficiency, save money, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

We're excited about being recognized and having our work recognized, but we're also excited about the other proposals we've been in the company of. There were some outstanding proposals, and we're grateful to have been part of that group, says Hay in a thank you video

 

2012-2013 Honorable Mention

Peggy Liu and Chenyu Zheng from JUCCCE (Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy), a Shanghai-based non-profit organization, were awarded an Honorable Mention for their proposal, Reimagine prosperity; reframe sustainability; reshape consumerism.  Their "China Dream" project seeks to develop a new, more sustainable vision of the good life for the growing Chinese middle class.

 

                                
                                           Winners of the 2012-2013 Contests

 

Shifting Public Perceptions on Climate Change

 Judges' Choice and Popular Choice
Sunk Investment Map: Show the Personal Property Impacts of Climate Change
Keith Brower Brown
Let's make climate change personal--with a map to show Americans how floods, storms and wildfire could impact their homes and businesses.

Watch their video  |  Read their story

 Popular Choice (at large)
CliO - A Virtual Green Pet that Responds With Low-Carbon Lifestyle Choices
Yale FES - Rebeka Ryvola, Bo Uuganbayar, Rocio Sanz, Angel Hsu, and Vrinda Manglik
Meet CliO! A virtual green pet who responds with your low-carbon lifestyle choices.

Watch their video

 

Electric Power Sector

 Judges' Choice
Spontaneous Conversion of Power Plant CO2 to Dissolved Calcium Bicarbonate
Greg Rau, Ken Caldeira and Phil Renforth
As in SO2 mitigation, spontaneously remove CO2 from power plant flue gas using wet limestone scrubbing.

Watch their video

  Popular Choice
Integral Fast Reactors Can Power The Planet
Tom Blees
Mass-producible integral fast reactor modules can power every country on earth for nearly a millennium with waste products already at hand.

Watch their video  

 Popular Choice (at large)
It's the 21st Century. Where's My Fusion Reactor?
Dennis Peterson
Cheap, practical fusion may be closer than you think.

Watch their video

 

Scalng Renewables in Major Emerging Economies

 Judges' Choice
Fish River River Hydro Scheme
Gaia Power Group: Peter Jordaan, Magun Janietzche
A run-of-river hydroelectric system with a novel new approach that fundamentally differs from the standard hydro methodology.

Watch their video  |  Read their story

 Popular Choice
From the Crowd to the Base: Crowdfunding for Local Climate Action
C2B Crowd-to-Base: Konrad Ritter, Diann Black-Layne
Crowdfunding channeled through Microfinance gives urban and rural poor access to renewable energy to transform lives.

Watch their video

 

Replacing Diesel Generation

 Judges' Choice and Popular Choice
Replacing the use of diesel pumps in agriculture
IDEI - Amitabha Sadangi
Replacing diesel pump use for irrigation by promoting Treadle Pumps and preparing a toolkit for capacity building.

Watch their video  |  Read their story

 

Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)

 Judges' Choice
Dual purpose fracking
John Dowse
Increased fracking will create sites for CO2 sequestration. The gas/oil piping will be suitable for CO2 once the well is largely exhausted.

 Popular Choice
Methane-sniffing drones with distributed mobile sensors!
Ocean Foresters - Mark Capron and Clifford Goudey 
States require drillers to "buy" wasted fuels from gas utilities. The utilities deploy methane-sniffing drones and mobile sensors.
Watch their video  |  Read their story

 

Transportation Efficiency

 Judges' Choice 

Smart Mobility for the 21st Century
Galen Wilkerson
A bottom-up mobility-centered approach, to simply get individuals from A to B by intelligently using available data and mobile devices.

Watch their video  |  Read their story  

 Popular Choice
Open CarPool - Open Source for Efficient Commute 
eBay Green Team - Clemens Rath
A simple open source framework for carpools within companies reduces traffic in daily commute and fosters ridesharing acceptance.

Read the proposal  |  Watch their video

 

Building Efficiency

 Judges' Choice and Popular Choice
EE-based Formalization
UNDP Montenegro - Millie Begovic Radojevic and Sanni Tajudeen Olamilekan
Using energy efficiency as an incentive for formalization of illegal buildings in Montenegro.

Watch their video

 Popular Choice (at large)
Smart LED Streetlamps system through the implementation of mesh networks
Hector Bracamontes
Streetlamps are part of the city's street furniture. Their electricity consumption represents a high percentage of a small-size city budget.

 

Waste Management

 Popular Choice
Mission 2030 - Zero Construction Renovation Demolition Waste to Landfill by 2030
CRI Council - Renee Gratton
This call-to-action is a change management initiative, to change how the building industry views and deals with waste and other resources.

Watch their video  |  Read their story

 

Agriculture & Forestry

 Judges Choice
Nicaragua: Carbon Sink, Economic Driver & Medicinal Plant Preservation
Cecalli Esteli - Pia Jensen and Alejandro Floripe
Poverty stricken & war torn, Nicaragua's people strive for healthy environs & Cecalli has ambitious plans to improve life via reforestation.

Watch their video  |  Read their story

 Popular Choice
Woody Agriculture: Breeding & Implementing Hazelnut & Chestnut as Staple Crops 
Badgersett Research - Brandon Rutter-Daywater, Jonah Adels, and Sabina Peters-Daywater
Woody Agriculture converts annual cropland to staple-food-producing woody plants, capturing 3 times the carbon. It's time to scale it up.

Watch their video

 

Reducing Consumption

 Judges' Choice (tie) - Climate CoLab Grand Prize Winner
Whose Home is wasting more energy, yours or your neighbours?
Geoff Hay
FREE personalized HEAT Scores, HEAT Maps, Hot Spots, GHG estimates and waste-heat comparisons/competitions for homes, communities & cities.

Watch their video  |  Read their story

  Judges' Choice (tie)
Cool Food - empowering climate friendly food choices on a daily basis
Cool Food - Viv Baker, Gerard Bisshop, Diana Donlon, and Francesca Allievi
A "Cool Food" rating system indicating climate and other impacts would empower consumers to choose climate-friendly foods.

Watch their video  |  Read their story

 Popular Choice - Climate CoLab Honorable Mention
Reimagine prosperity; reframe sustainability; reshape consumerism
JUCCCE - Peggy Liu and Chenyu Zheng
Shape & activate a more attractive aspirational lifestyle that is innately sustainable for the emergent middle class in China.

Watch their video  |  Read their story

 

Local Solutions

 Judges' Choice and Popular Choice
Transition Lab: Scalable Resilience Education and Models for New Local Economies
Transition Lab - Russell Evans and Jake Hanson
A replicable grassroots education teaching the skills and mindset for local resilience, powered by new and viable economic models.

Watch their video  |  Read their story

 

Enabling Adaptation

 Judges' Choice and Popular Choice
Building consensus, enabling adaptation: facilitating collective risk management
Danya Rumore, Lawrence Susskind, Patrick Field, and Carri Hulet
Here's a collaborative approach that at-risk communities can use to move forward with adaptation. Help us implement it!

Read the proposal  |  Watch their video  |  Read their story

 Popular Choice (at large) and Judges' special commendation
Photovoice for Vulnerability: Disaster Adaptation in Central Philippines
Yanjun Cai
Empower the disadvantaged community through participatory photography to reveal unheard vulnerability and form adaptation capacity.

Watch their video

 

Adaptation by Civil Society Winners

 Judges' Choice 
George Hops Farmers Association Climate Adaptation & Resilience Programme
Hops Farmers Association: Nicci Diederichs
Hops production is threatened by climate change. Farmers must adapt to secure the benefits of their enterprise.

Watch their video

 Popular Choice
Steps to an Ecology of Mind -- Climate Change Impact/Adaptation Strategy in Africa
AHP/FPD: Monika dos Santos
Africa contributes the least of any continent to global warming. People living on the continent are in line to be the hardest hit.

Watch their video  |  Read their story

 

Urban Adaptation: Climate Resilient Cities Winners

 Judges' Choice
Integral GIS - A conceptual framework for participatory adaptation planning
Lynn Rosentrater
A planning approach that uses common tools in innovative ways to communicate about climate change and facilitate adaptation decision-making.

Watch their video

 Popular Choice
Seasonal Migration Routes Identification System and Workshops: A New Strategy
Michael Houle
Prepare Vietnamese cities' housing infrastructures for potential seasonal migrants influx from Ca Mau and Kien Giang provinces, Vietnam.

Watch their video

 

Geoengineering

 Popular Choice
Saving the Planet, v2.0
Greg Rau, Ken Caldeira, and Max Platzer
Interested in air CO2 removal, carbon-negative fuel, saving the ocean, and redrawing the global energy map?

Watch their video

 

2011 Contest Period
 

Representatives from each team presented their work to the United Nations or U.S. Congress

Global Category

 1st Place, Popular Choice: 2010 Winners Combined by Dennis Peterson, a software engineer based in Charlotte, North Carolina 

 2nd Place, Popular Choice and Judges' Special Commendation: The Planet or Your Plate: Mitigate Climate Change by Going Meatless by beach-babe-in-fl, an environmental activist and founder of the Daily Kos Meatless Advocates, Nancy A. Heitzeg, of St. Catherine University, and Gerard Wedderburn Bisshop, advisor and senior scientist at the World Preservation Foundation

National Category

 1st Place, Popular Choice: Cycling Carbon by Dennis Peterson, also the author of global category winner, 2010 Winners Combined 

 2nd Place, Popular Choice: Dream for a Green Future by Arnab Mandal and Pooja Aroora, graduate students at TERI University, India

 Judges' Choice: Personal Rapid Transit Grids by Christopher Fry, research scientist at the M.I.T. Media Lab

 Judges' Choice: Climate Proofing the Economics of Socially Sustainable Small-Scale Agricultural Systems by Maruf Sanni, Idowu Ologeh and William O. Siyanbola, of the Nigeria National Centre for Technology Magement, and James O. Adejuwon, of Obafemi Awolowo University

 

2010 Contest Period


Popular Choice Award
 
1st place: Overcoming the North-South Divide (43% of the votes), developed by Christophe Chung and Shoko Takemoto, graduate students in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP)

 2nd place: Carbon Rights (29% of the votes), developed by Dennis Peterson, a software engineer based in Charlotte, NC

Judges' Choice Award (tie)
 A Realistic Climate Proposal, developed by Timothy Cronin, Arthur Gueneau, Jennifer Morris, and Paul Kishimoto, graduate students affiliated with the MIT Joint Program on Science and Policy of Global Change

 Overcoming the North-South Divide (see Popular Choice Award above for more details)

 

2009 Contest Period
 

 1st place: 350 ppm or bust (40% of votes), created by Jason Jay, PhD student, MIT Sloan School of Management

 2nd place:  IEA 450 ppm scenario (31% of votes), created by  International Energy Agency (entered by  Rob Laubacher)

 3rd place: (tie)  Drew Jones TEDx proposal (7% of votes), created by Drew Jones, Climate Interactive and  Business as Usual (7% of the vote), based on the IPCC's A1FI scenario. 

 

Congratulations again to our winners, and thank you to everyone who participated in the contests for your hard work, intelligent thinking, and valuable contributions!  Together, we are helping to plan and gain support for better climate actions than anything we humans would otherwise have done.