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U.S. Government 2014

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Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

Mar 9, 2014 08:00 EDT - Jul 20, 2014 11:59 EDT
Semi-Finalist selection
Expert judges select semi-finalists

Jul 21, 2014 12:00 EDT - Aug 5, 2014 08:00 EDT
Proposal revisions
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Aug 5, 2014 08:01 EDT - Aug 16, 2014 11:59 EDT
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

Aug 16, 2014 08:00 EDT - Sep 3, 2014 12:59 EDT
Voting period
Public Voting Period

Sep 3, 2014 12:00 EDT - Oct 2, 2014 12:00 EDT
Winners awarded
Winners are announced for the Judges’ and Popular Choice Awards

Oct 2, 2014 12:01 EDT
What new actions or policies can the U.S. government agencies implement to mitigate climate change?

The United States is the world’s second largest carbon emitter. If we are going to tackle climate change, the U.S. government must take initiative. Although Congress is not passing many laws, the executive branch of federal agencies is showing a willingness to act. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is regulating power plant emissions, the Department of Energy (DOE) is advancing clean energy technologies, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is increasing vehicle fuel economy.

Washington D.C. think tank Third Way thinks there’s much more that U.S. federal agencies can do to mitigate climate change, particularly agencies besides the DOE. Consider that, as a whole, the U.S.government is the single largest energy user in the country, with the largest fleet of vehicles, the most building space, and by far the most land. With their ability to regulate and their procurement power, federal agencies have a significant opportunity to drive innovation and shift the market, especially in the energy sector. This contest seeks new and innovative actions or internal policies that U.S. federal agencies can implement to mitigate climate change. Click here for contest details.

7 Proposals
Aug 16, 2014
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Development of a licensing process for advanced nuclear reactors will enable the rapid deployment of GigaWatt-scale clean nuclear energy.
Aug 15, 2014
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USG agencies support for Marine Bio-Energy and Carbon Sequestration (MBECS) development/demand can be achieved through established programs.
Aug 14, 2014
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A people-funded green energy revolution that reconnects people to energy and repositions the US as a global leader
Aug 14, 2014
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Transforming solar power into a benefit that any company can offer to its workforce.
Aug 10, 2014
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Postal vehicles of 1990 vintage get about 9 miles per gallon; their flat buildings are perfect for solar--the USPS needs resources to change
Aug 10, 2014
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Raise fees for extracting carbon-based fuels from public lands to at least the social price of carbon as first step to phasing out its use
Jul 18, 2014
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Federal agencies should require all diesel-engine vehicles on US Govt funded projects to have black carbon filters, chargeable to project