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Grand Prize Winner

Climate Smart

Interactive Business Energy and Emissions Dashboard for Cities by ana0105

“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.”

Honorable Mentions

Benjamin Huber and Juna Shrestha of ClimateRe

Reducing methane emissions from rice farming by jshrestha

They proposed a mechanism to reduce methane emissions while enhancing rice farmers’ resilience to climate change.

 

James Gula of Franchised Microgrids

Franchised Microgrids for the Developing World Based on Open Source Components by jlgula

They proposed to deploy microgrids to the developing world using a franchise business model based on open source hardware to reduce cost.

 

Nishaant Sangaavi and Alex Corneglio of My Energy XPert

My Energy Xpert: a home and small business energy management solution by alex7728

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.



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Contests

Adaptation
Judges' Choice Winner

Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines Project by 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 by Climate.IQ

Climate.IQ is a web tool that uses spatial and statistical analysis to conduct climate risk assessmennt for properties and communities.


Buildings
Judges' Choice & Popular Choice Winner

Cooperative Building by 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 by 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 by 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 by roelofsmichiel and nikodem.bienia

The Collective Power Platform is a local peer to peer energy trading market for and by prosumers.


Judges' Commendation for Impact

Faciliating Adaptation to Climate Change through Solar Irrigation Technology by Tareo

Judges' Commendation for Novelty

Insulator Slow Cooker Bags by marole

Energy-Water Nexus
Judges' Choice Winner

Infrastructure for a Livable Future by 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 by CRWA

Community Water and Energy Centers produce reliable, renewable and resilient energy and clean water while restoring the natural environment.


Judges' Commendation for Impact

Infrastructure for a Livable Future by CRWA

Judges' Commendation for Novelty

Distilled Water From Combusted Fossil Fuel by Sidel Systems USA

Industry
Judges' Choice Winner

25ºC (77ºF) by 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) by Kiri

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


Judges' Commendation for Impact

25ºC (77ºF) by Kiri

Judges' Commendation for Novelty

Solar Steam by sunflower

Land Use: Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock
Judges' Choice Winner

Reducing methane emissions from rice farming by ClimateRe

Reducing Methane Emissions While Enhancing Rice Farmers’ Resilience to Climate Change


Popular Choice Winner

Vertical and Micro-gardening(VMG) climate smart farming in Uganda by PaulCastor

VMG is a CSA approach that uses the Vertical farming technology to convert 9 square feet into 36 square feet of farming space.


Shifting Behavior for a Changing Climate
Judges' Choice Winner

DearTomorrow, a promise to the future about climate change by 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? by 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.


Judges' Commendation for Impact

Low Carbon City Initiative: From Citizens To the World by Low Carbon City Team

Judges' Commendation for Novelty

Climatecoin 2016 by Dennis Peterson

Transportation
Judges' Choice Winner

Mini Elevated cTrains (caterpillar trains) by 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) by 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 by 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 by 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 by Kabadiwalla Connect

Develop a smart phone app that helps people segregate, compost, find their closest kabadiwalla and sign-up for local waste management events.


Partner Contests

Aviation

This contest was run in cooperation with


Judges' Choice Winner

Strategic Investment to Scale-up Aviation Biofuel by sunny1990 and 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 by AirMach Innovations

Zero fuel Zero Emission replacement technology for aircraft's Auxiliary Power Units (APUs).


Designing High-Density Urban Bike Parking

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Judges' Choice Winner

The Flycle by J2 for K2

The flycycle is efficient, accessible, easy for any organization to buy and install, and a beautiful addition to street life.


Popular Choice Winner

The Flycle by J2 for K2

The flycycle is efficient, accessible, easy for any organization to buy and install, and a beautiful addition to street life.

Fostering Climate Collaboration in Boulder, CO

This contest was run in cooperation with


Judges' Choice Winner

FROM CUBICLE TO CAFETERIA:Take a bite out of GHGs w/ Collaborative Green Lunches by Kira Davis, Zoë Sigle

Drastically Reduce GHGs w/ What We Eat while Creating Collaborative Space for Climate Institutions: Plant-Based Foods Produce Far Fewer GHGs


Popular Choice Winner

FROM CUBICLE TO CAFETERIA:Take a bite out of GHGs w/ Collaborative Green Lunches by Kira Davis, Zoë Sigle

Drastically Reduce GHGs w/ What We Eat while Creating Collaborative Space for Climate Institutions: Plant-Based Foods Produce Far Fewer GHGs

Harnessing the Power of MIT Alumni

This contest was run in cooperation with


Judges' Choice Winner

ClimateX by MITACAL

ClimateX is a platform where MIT Alumni can learn climate-related science, technology and policy while transitioning into a green career.


Popular Choice Winner

ClimateX by MITACAL

ClimateX is a platform where MIT Alumni can learn climate-related science, technology and policy while transitioning into a green career.

Improving Firewood for Clean Cookstoves

This contest was run in cooperation with


Judges' Choice Winner

Dry firewood needs seasoning, covered storage and a drying chimney by 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 by saadithya

Modifying old unused gas cylinder into a smokeless stove for cooking, heat radiated while using it is used for drying wood.

Materials Matter

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Judges' Choice Winner

Empowering designers roles in using better sustainable material options by 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 by Team Wonder

Sourceseed is a curated alternative material option platform that allows designers to co-buy fabrics with eachother at an affordable price.


Judges' Commendation for Impact

Empowering designers roles in using better sustainable material options by Team Wonder

Judges' Commendation for Novelty

Boro by Danny and Friends

MIT Climate Mitigation Solutions

This contest was run in cooperation with


Judges' Choice Winner

100% Net Zero Carbon Plan, 60% NZ Effectively Free, Expert Team Ready! by 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 by 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.


Smart Zero Carbon Cities Challenge

This contest was run in cooperation with


Judges' Choice Winner

Interactive Business Energy and Emissions Dashboard for Cities by 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 by 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 by Climate Smart

Create a dashboard that allows cities to understand their business emissions by sector, business size, emissions source, and track progress


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Grand Prize Winner

Eden Full & Jake Schual-Berke

SunSaluter: a low-cost, passive solar tracker that produces clean water by SunSaluter

"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."

Honorable Mentions

Beatriz Martinez, Romera, Dirk Heine, Goran Dominioni, Arne Pieters & Susanne Gaede

An economically and legally viable mechanism for internalizing marine emissions by Ship-Emissions-Levy

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.

 

Vijnana Bharati

National campaign in India aimed to create a network of young Energy Ambassadors by Vijnana Bharati

Vijnana Bharati 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.



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Global Contests

Global Climate Action Plan
Judges' Choice Winner

Solar Dollars: The World Currency to Price and Finance Carbon Mitigation by 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 by Mobilize Now

Use positive messages and small incentives to mobilize citizens and private/government organizations to combat climate change.

Regional Contests

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 by NewCityFounders

A revenue neutral, steadily rising fee on GHG emissions will steer the economy to a clean energy future and establish US climate leadership.

Contests

Adaptation
Judges' Choice Winner & Popular Choice Winner

Seeding Science Knowledge by engaging local experts by Geocitizens

Local prioritization and testing of adaptation practices supported by a collaborative mapping tool will out scale lessons learned globally.


Popular Choice Winner (At Large)

Sand Dams for Climate Change Adaptation in Ghana by 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.

Buildings
Judges' Choice Winner & Popular Choice Winner

3D Printing Hempcrete - The People will know what they want once they see it... by AFMPPA

Build a full size 3D Printed Hempcrete Structure to demonstrate Hemp/3D Printing as a sustainable alternative to traditional construction.



Judges' Special Commendation

OpenControl Building by Group OpenControl

Energy Supply
Judges' Choice Winner (tie) & Popular Choice Winner (At Large)

Robotic Solar Armada by 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 by InSite Energy, LLC.

Distribute Plug & Play solar panels to home owners, and apartment renters to make clean energy on site where you use it.

Energy-Water Nexus
Judges' Choice Winner (tie)

Tidal Pump by 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 by 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 by 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.

Industry
Judges' Choice Winner

Utilizing Molecularly Imprinted Technology to Selectively Filter Pollutants by 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) by SolarVibes

Removing inefficiencies of industrial innovation by facilitating collaborations and accelerating R&D solutions toward earlier adoption.

Land Use: Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock
Judges' Choice Winner

Integrating REDD+ and Green Economic Growth for sustainable forest landscapes by charlesehrhart

Using green economic growth to create scalable, replicable financial incentives for the sustainable management of forest landscapes.


Popular Choice Winner

Bamboo Air Purification by 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 (tie)

Unleash the energy of millions by making climate action simple, relevant and fun by 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 by Vijnana Bharati

National level campaign on energy conservation and renewable energy in Indian schools, aimed at building a network of Energy Ambassadors

Transportation
Judges' Choice Winner (tie)

Networking Rwanda's Air Pollution Problem with Low-Cost Air Quality Sensors by 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 by Ship-Emissions-Levy

Making polluters pay for climate damage caused by maritime emissions by overcoming avoidance, legal, data and global coordination issues.

U.S. Carbon Price
Popular Choice Winner

The Little Engine That Could: Revenue Neutral Carbon Fee and Dividend by NewCityFounders

Low-carbon cities can be engineered and built today for livability, sustainability, resiliency, energy-efficiency and affordability


Waste Management
Judges' Choice Winner (tie)

fulFILL: A delivery service for household products without wasteful packaging by fulFILL

fulFILL aims to combat the waste epidemic by revolutionizing the way we consume common household products.


Judges' Choice Winner

Nualgi - Diatom Algae for Sewage Treatment by 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 Winner

GHG Rescue; Buying Waste from Households and selling it to Recycle Companies by G4CC

The GHG Rescue Project seeks to buy segregated waste from households in Accra, Ghana and sell it to Recycling Companies.

Partner Contests

Anticipating Climate Change in the Pamir Mountains

This contest was run in cooperation with

Judges' Choice Winner (tie)

Linking Climate Information to Ecological Calendars: An Appointment With Drought by mattbarlow

Prepare for climate change and apply regional drought information in the Pamirs by linking climate science with human ecological calendars.


Popular Choice Winner (tie)

Biodiversity collections as tools for understanding changes in the Pamir Mtns by 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 by TedW

Traditional knowledge, participatory science, and modern data analytics to create climate- smart, farm-scale agricultural body calendars

Atypical Ideas For Carbon Neutrality

This contest was run in cooperation with

Judges' Choice Winner (tie)

Sustainable Urban Food Initiative (SUFI) for Climate Change Resilience by 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 by SomClimateAction

The Loop transit system is a fleet of fare-based passenger vehicles that travel planned route within city limits on a continuous schedule.


Popular Choice Winner

CarbonGobbler - Engaging Citizens And Business In Lowering Carbon Emissions by CarbonGobbler

Manage and Control Carbon Emission biggies, energy use and transportation choices with CarbonGobbler. While saving money too.


Energy Solutions For Latin America

This contest was run in cooperation with

Judges' Choice Winner

Electricity at the lowest societal cost: holistic optimization by 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 by G4 Energía

Highly replicable solution for Latin America reality based on local energy interaction strategy to create a win-win network to GHG reduction.

Rural Resilience

This contest was run in cooperation with

Judges' Choice Winner

China's rural-urban intensification. Envisioning the habitat of the future by 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 by 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.

Urban Energy Efficiency

This contest was run in cooperation with

Judges' Choice Winner & Popular Choice Winner (tie)

Making every watt count: An intelligent demand side management system on phones by 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 by New Latin America

An initative thar reduce green house gases emissions; while you generate electricity, get a healthier life and reduce vehicular traffic.

Urban Heat Island Effect

This contest was run in cooperation with

Judges' Choice Winner & Popular Choice Winner (tie)

Cold Spot: Evaporative Cooling through Ceramics by ceramics

Designing an oasis in the heat island of Cambridge.


Judges' Choice Winner (tie)

Cooling with Urban-Ecosystem Services by Biomimicry NE

FIGHT urban heat island effect like a forest. Capture water, filter light, and evaporate to keep cool.


Judges' Choice Winner (tie)

Variations on the Velarium by Michael D Newton

Apply ancient Roman invention (the velarium) imbedded w/thin-film solar cells above urban hot spots to disrupt heat island effect.


Judges' Choice Winner (tie)

White Knights by minkavb

Lighten all municipal parking lot surface temps with white paint & healthy tree boats


Judges' Choice Winner (tie)

Depave driveways and increase rain barrel irrigation by qyz

Depave driveways to decrease urban heating!

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Grand Prize Winner

Danielle Dahan

Improve Building Energy Performance: Green Job Skills Training by danielledahan

“"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.

Honorable Mentions

Adele Morris

A Carbon Tax in Pro-Growth Fiscal Reform by adelemorris

Adele Morris is a fellow and policy director of the Climate and Energy Economics Project at the Brookings Institution. She proposed a carbon tax that creates pro-growth tax reform, while also protecting the poor and reducing the deficit.

 

Anne-Marie Soulsby and Mandolin Dotto Kahindi

A Collaborative Solutions Communication Platform by jlgula

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.

 

Job Taminiau, Gordon Schweitzer, Kathleen Saul and Sardar Mohazzam

Democratic Finance: Energy Of the People, By the People, For the People by alex7728

The group from the United States, Netherlands, and Pakistan proposed installing community-funded solar projects on unused federal rooftop space, which, they predict could mitigate millions of tons of CO2 emissions.



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Global Contests

Global Plan
Judges' Choice Winner (tie)

Settle the carbon debt and release the power of example! by Jan Kunnas

I suggest how to leave the dispute about historical responsibility for climate change behind and unleash the power of example.


Judges' Choice (tie) & Popular Choice Winner

Carbon-Free, Fast by Dennis Peterson

An aggressive approach that doesn't break the bank.

Contests

Adaptation
Judges' Choice Winner (tie)

Stop Groundwater Plan - Save $8 Billion by Majdi & Manaugh

Systems thinking leads to a regional desalination plan to replace a narrowly conceived, costly and destructive groundwater pumping plan.


Judges' Choice Winner (tie)

Future mangroves by Poh Poh Wong

Mangroves to address sea level rise and coastal erosion.


Judges' Choice (tie) & Popular Choice Winner

Municipal adaptation strategy to climate change in Costa Rica by Sergio A. Molina-Murillo

Implementation of climate strategy at Municipal level by empowering and training local actors with focus on agriculture and water resources.

Buildings
Judges' Choice Winner (tie)

COFA: Climate Optimized Fenestrations for Buildings in Developing Nations by Prof. Pradeep Kini

Climate adaptive energy conserving commercial building envelopes with analytical tool COFA:Climate Optimized Fenestration Assembly.


Judges' Choice Winner (tie)

Improve Building Energy Performance: Green Job Skills Training by 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 by Sriraj Gokarakonda

Unless sufficiency is addressed with same rigour as efficiency, energy usage is inadvertently increased resulting in a rebound effect.

Consumption of Products & Services
Judges' Choice Winner

Food bikes: the low capital, low footprint alternative to food trucks by 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 by Hannah Ritchie

Design a coloured shelving system for grocery products based on carbon footprint,to help consumers make better-informed choices.

Crowdsourcing for Disaster Risk Management
Judges' Choice Winner

"Save the Baby" Global Data Commons for Baby Care by 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) by 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. by 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 by BAS Nederland, Arash Aazami

Bring cities to energy independence through carbon, energy and cost neutrality.

Industry
Judges' Choice Winner

STRAUT Aero: Solar Hot Air Generator by 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)

fulFILL: A delivery service for household products without wasteful packaging by fulFILL

fulFILL aims to combat the waste epidemic by revolutionizing the way we consume common household products.


Judges' (tie) & Popular Choice Winner

Synergies of Reforestation & Community Empowerment in Kenya by 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 by 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 by 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 by Lance Noel of eRev

eRev finances V2G-capable electric vehicles so they provide grid storage, generate revenue, and cost less than traditional vehicles.


Popular Choice Winner

Pollution meter by Shenbagarajan Pandiarajan

Pollution prediction meter in automobiles & display panels over the roads + Emissions trading.

U.S. Carbon Price
Judges' Choice Winner (tie)

Sno-Caps: The People's Cap-And-Trade by 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.


Judges' Choice Winner (tie)

A Carbon Tax in Pro-Growth Fiscal Reform by 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: Revenue Neutral Carbon Fee and Dividend by CitizensClimateLobby

A revenue neutral, steadily rising fee on GHG emissions will steer the economy to a clean energy future and establish US climate leadership.

Waste Management
Judges' Choice Winner

REACC (RECYCLED DEBRIS FOR ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE) by Victor Blanco

Cement Production is the 4th global fossil carbon emission activity and it´s time to reduce and recycle debris for healthy environment.


Popular Choice Winner

Using Biogas Technology To Improve Sanitation And Mitigate Climate Change by Osero Shadrack Tengeya

Uncontrolled greenhouse gas emission from sewage waste will be reduced by using simple technology like utilizing this waste in making biogas.

Partner Contests

Communicating Coastal Risk and Resilience

This contest was run in cooperation with

Judges' Choice Winner

A collaborative solutions communication platform by Anne-Marie Soulsby

Solutions platform users collaboratively share adaptations to improve livelihoods & increase coastal Tanzanian's climate change resilience.


Popular Choice Winner

The world according to CLIVE (CoastaL Impact Visualization Environment) by 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.

Creating Public Demand for Green Building

This contest was run in cooperation with

Popular Choice Winner & Judges' Special Commendation

Path To Zero - Transforming energy inefficient buildings to green buildings by BAS Nederland, Arash Aazami

Bring cities to energy independence through carbon, energy and cost neutrality.

Urban Resilience: Climate Actions for Urban Areas

This contest was run in cooperation with

Popular Choice Winner

GreenUp - Engaging communities to build green & resilient cities in India by Aditi Sen

A crowdsourcing platform that provides funds and educational resources to encourage adoption of green infrastructure practices in cities.

U.S. Government

This contest was run in cooperation with

Judges' & Popular Choice Winner

Democratic Finance: Energy Of the People, By the People, For the People by The Energy Commons, Job Taminiau

A people-funded green energy revolution that reconnects people to energy and repositions the US as a global leader.

Youth Action on Climate Change

This contest was run in cooperation with

Judges' Choice Winner

Climate Change is Elementary: Huge Green Fundraiser for Schools by Dave Finnigan

Kids promote the program. Vendors selling green products automatically give discounts to parents and rebates to PTAs for family purchases.


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Make Our Economic Reasoning Consistent with Intergenerational Justice by 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 by TierraVida, Marina Mansilla Hermann

Building a youth-led citizen movement to address climate change from the bottom-up.

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Grand Prize Winner

Dr. Geoffrey Hay and the HEAT team

Whose Home is wasting more energy, yours or your neighbours? by drgeoff

"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.

Honorable Mentions

Peggy Liu and Chenyu Zheng

Reimagine prosperity; reframe sustainability; reshape consumerism by JUCCCE

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.



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Adaptation by Civil Society Winners
Judges' Choice Winner

George Hops Farmers Association Climate Adaptation & Resilience Programme by Victor Blanco

Hops production is threatened by climate change. Farmers must adapt to secure the benefits of their enterprise.


Popular Choice Winner

Steps to an Ecology of Mind -- Climate Change Impact/Adaptation Strategy in Africa by 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.

Agriculture & Forestry
Judges' Choice Winner

Nicaragua: Carbon Sink, Economic Driver & Medicinal Plant Preservation by 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.


Popular Choice Winner

Woody Agriculture: Breeding & Implementing Hazelnut & Chestnut as Staple Crops by Badgersett Research

Woody Agriculture converts annual cropland to staple-food-producing woody plants, capturing 3 times the carbon. It's time to scale it up.

Building Efficiency
Judges' Choice and Popular Choice Winner

EE-based Formalization by UNDP Montenegro

Using energy efficiency as an incentive for formalization of illegal buildings in Montenegro.


Popular Choice Winner

Smart LED Streetlamps system through the implementation of mesh networks by Hector Bracamontes

Streetlamps are part of the city's street furniture. Their electricity consumption represents a high percentage of a small-size city budget.

Electric Power Sector
Judges' Choice Winner

Spontaneous Conversion of Power Plant CO2 to Dissolved Calcium Bicarbonate by Greg Rau, Ken Caldeira and Phil Renforth

As in SO2 mitigation, spontaneously remove CO2 from power plant flue gas using wet limestone scrubbing.


Popular Choice Winner

Integral Fast Reactors Can Power The Planet by Tom Blees

Mass-producible integral fast reactor modules can power every country on earth for nearly a millennium with waste products already at hand.


Popular Choice Winner (At Large)

It's the 21st Century. Where's My Fusion Reactor? by Dennis Peterson

Cheap, practical fusion may be closer than you think.

Enabling Adaptation
Judges' Choice and Popular Choice Winner

Building consensus, enabling adaptation: facilitating collective risk management by 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!

Popular Choice Winner (At Large) and Judges' special commendation

Photovoice for Vulnerability: Disaster Adaptation in Central Philippines by Yanjun Cai

Empower the disadvantaged community through participatory photography to reveal unheard vulnerability and form adaptation capacity.

Geoengineering
Judges' Choice Winner

Saving the Planet, v2.0 by Greg Rau, Ken Caldeira, and Max Platzer

Interested in air CO2 removal, carbon-negative fuel, saving the ocean, and redrawing the global energy map?

Reducing Consumption
Judges' Choice Winner (tie) and Climate CoLab Grand Prize Winner

Whose Home is wasting more energy, yours or your neighbours? by Geoff Hay

FREE personalized HEAT Scores, HEAT Maps, Hot Spots, GHG estimates and waste-heat comparisons/competitions for homes, communities & cities.


Judges' Choice Winner (tie)

Cool Food - empowering climate friendly food choices on a daily basis by Cool Food

Team members: 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.


Popular Choice Winner and Climate CoLab Honorable Mention

Reimagine prosperity; reframe sustainability; reshape consumerism by JUCCCE

Use a carbon tax for pro-growth tax reform, protecting the poor, deficit reduction, and reducing less efficient policies.

Replacing Diesel Generation
Judges' Choice and Popular Choice Winner

Replacing the use of diesel pumps in agriculture by IDEI - Amitabha Sadangi

Replacing diesel pump use for irrigation by promoting Treadle Pumps and preparing a toolkit for capacity building.

Scaling Renewables in Major Emerging Economies
Judges' Choice Winner

Fish River River Hydro Scheme by Peter Jordaan and Magun Janietzche

A run-of-river hydroelectric system with a novel new approach that fundamentally differs from the standard hydro methodology.


Popular Choice Winner

From the Crowd to the Base: Crowdfunding for Local Climate Action by Konrad Ritter and Diann Black-Layne

Crowdfunding channeled through Microfinance gives urban and rural poor access to renewable energy to transform lives.

Shifting Public Perceptions on Climate Change
Judges' Choice and Popular Choice Winner

Sunk Investment Map: Show the Personal Property Impacts of Climate Change by 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.


Popular Choice Winner (At Large)

CliO - A Virtual Green Pet that Responds With Low-Carbon Lifestyle Choices by Yale FES

Team members: 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.

Transportation Efficiency
Judges' Choice Winner

Smart Mobility for the 21st Century by Galen Wilkerson

A bottom-up mobility-centered approach, to simply get individuals from A to B by intelligently using available data and mobile devices.


Popular Choice Winner

Open CarPool - Open Source for Efficient Commute by eBay Green Team - Clemens Rath

A simple open source framework for carpools within companies reduces traffic in daily commute and fosters ridesharing acceptance.

Waste Management
Popular Choice Winner

Mission 2030 - Zero Construction Renovation Demolition Waste to Landfill by 2030 by 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.

Partner Contests

Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)

This contest was run in cooperation with

Judges' Choice Winner

Dual purpose fracking by 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 Winner

Methane-sniffing drones with distributed mobile sensors! by Mark Capron and Clifford Goudey

States require drillers to "buy" wasted fuels from gas utilities. The utilities deploy methane-sniffing drones and mobile sensors.

Local Solutions

This contest was run in cooperation with

Judges' & Popular Choice Winner

Transition Lab: Scalable Resilience Education and Models for New Local Economies by 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.

Urban Adaptation: Climate Resilient Cities

This contest was run in cooperation with

Judges' Choice Winner

Integral GIS - A conceptual framework for participatory adaptation planning by Lynn Rosentrater

A planning approach that uses common tools in innovative ways to communicate about climate change and facilitate adaptation decision-making.


Popular Choice Winner

Seasonal Migration Routes Identification System and Workshops: A New Strategy by Michael Houle

Prepare Vietnamese cities' housing infrastructures for potential seasonal migrants influx from Ca Mau and Kien Giang provinces, Vietnam.

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2010 Winners Combined by Dennis Peterson


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.


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350 ppm or bust by Jason Jay