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Atypical Ideas for Carbon Neutrality 2015

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Mar 6, 2015 08:00 EST - Jun 14, 2015 12:00 EDT
Semi-Finalist selection
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Jun 14, 2015 12:00 EDT - Jul 3, 2015 12:00 EDT
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Jul 3, 2015 12:00 EDT - Jul 17, 2015 12:00 EDT
Finalist selection
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Jul 17, 2015 12:00 EDT - Jul 17, 2015 12:00 EDT
Voting period
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Aug 3, 2015 12:00 EDT - Sep 13, 2015 08:00 EDT
Winners are awarded

Sep 13, 2015 08:00 EDT
What atypical, innovative ideas can turn Somerville, MA into a carbon-neutral city?

In order to reach its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, the City of Somerville, MA is seeking innovative ideas to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in all elements of urban life.  Somerville, the densest city in New England, is starting a planning process to map out the path to carbon neutrality.  The purpose of this contest is to identify out-of-the-ordinary ideas that the Somerville community can incorporate into a climate change plan.  While some carbon neutrality strategies are well known—100% renewable energy generation, dramatic changes in transportation mode share—the City of Somerville believes that the global community can provide myriad ideas that can be studied or implemented in a city that prides itself on innovation and creativity.  The winning ideas in this contest will be incorporated into Somerville’s climate change plan.  

10 Proposals
Jul 14, 2016
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Manage and Control Carbon Emission biggies, energy use and transportation choices with CarbonGobbler
Oct 22, 2015
Oct 22, 2015
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Jul 16, 2015
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Harnessing the power of choice through community engagement to support green electricity
Jul 16, 2015
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Modify the building codes to allow wood construction for tall buildings and more use types to decrease Somerville’s carbon footprint.
Jul 15, 2015
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Re-engineer urban driveways/roads to provide CO2 negative energy conversion/storage, on-site sewage management and water reclamation.
Jul 11, 2015
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Recycle as much as you can, and convert the rest to power via biodigestion with biogas production followed by a Combined Heat and Power unit
Jun 13, 2015
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Want to cut carbon pollution? Start w/ buildings: give real-time feedback on energy consumption and crowdsource the hunt for energy leaks.
Apr 29, 2015
Allow residents without driveways to charge electrical vehicles on their streets
Mar 25, 2015
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Turning Somerville's flat roofs into solar collectors! Offer a low cost, flat packed, solar kit. Some assembly required to save the planet.