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Contests

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Submissions

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Winners

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.

 

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
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!