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MIT Climate Mitigation Solutions 2016

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Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

Jan 15, 2016 08:00 EST - May 23, 2016 08:00 EDT
Semi-Finalist selection
Expert judges select semi-finalists

May 23, 2016 08:00 EDT - Jun 7, 2016 12:00 EDT
Proposal revisions
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Jun 7, 2016 12:00 EDT - Jun 16, 2016 12:00 EDT
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

Jun 16, 2016 12:00 EDT - Jul 5, 2016 12:00 EDT
Voting period
Public Voting Period

Jul 5, 2016 12:00 EDT - Aug 1, 2016 12:00 EDT
Winners are awarded

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 EDT
How can MIT demonstrate innovative climate mitigation solutions on campus?

In October 2015, MIT announced a goal to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions by 32 percent by 2030, and currently plans to explore reaching the scientifically necessary goal of carbon neutrality.  The Plan for Action on Climate Change challenges the MIT community and partners to invent solutions that would help realize this goal, and harness the demonstration capacity of MIT to model, scale, and deploy innovative mitigation solutions. As MIT creates a path to reducing emissions over the next 15 years and beyond, we must consider not only what actions are necessary and feasible, but which will best harness the strengths of the MIT campus and community as a test bed for climate solutions.

This contest seeks ideas which successfully help MIT meet the 32% reduction goal or beyond, and harness the unique capacity of a research institution to demonstrate climate solutions.  As a research-intensive institution in a dense urban environment, planning for a low-carbon future at MIT presents unique challenges and opportunities to demonstrate climate-savvy planning, building, and engineering – as well as human engagement and innovation.  

7 Proposals
Jun 15, 2016
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SaveOhno's proven gamification model will engage thousands of MIT students & alumni to leverage MIT’s technology and reduce campus emissions
Oct 28, 2020
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We have 100% of technology off-the-shelf to make all buildings Net Zero Carbon! Build Wealth Locally - Create Jobs - Save the Planet!
Jun 13, 2016
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A green building is an environmentally sustainable building, designed, constructed and operated to minimise the total environmental impacts.
Jun 14, 2016
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Action of organizations, businesses and individuals taking action to remove as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as each put in to it.
Jun 15, 2016
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Student project to identify campus wide HVAC efficiency opportunities and demonstration of new HVAC control architecture: 20-40% reductions
Jun 15, 2016
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It is economically and practically feasible, to substitute 60% of the energy we use for cooling and heating our buildings with solar energy.
Jun 13, 2016
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Solar energy is the cleanest, most abundant renewable energy source available.