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2014 Climate CoLab Winners Announced


In March 2014, the Climate CoLab opened 18 contests on key challenges the world is facing as we confront climate change.

Nearly 600 proposals were submitted and evaluated by the Judges, who then selected 100 Semi-Finalists. After a round of feedback from the Judges and the community has been implemented in the proposals, 64 proposals have been selected as contest Finalists and opened for public voting.

Over the month of September, nearly 14,000 votes have been cast (tripling last year’s record) and the Climate CoLab community doubled to over 30,000 members.

After a year and much hard work from our volunteer Advisors, Judges, Fellows, and Catalysts, the Climate CoLab community, and the proposal authors, we are proud to announce the winners of our 2014 contests.

See our full press release.

2014 Winners

All submitted proposals are now displayed on each contest homepage, with the contest Winners, Finalists, and Semi-Finalists recognized.


Judges’ Choice Winner (tie)

Stop Groundwater Plan – Save $8 Billion /  Majdi & Manaugh – read their story!

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 /  ppwong
Mangroves to address sea level rise and coastal erosion

Judges’ (tie) & Popular Choice Winner 

Municipal adaptation strategy to climate change in Costa Rica /  UNA Team  read their story!
Implementation of climate strategy at Municipal level by empowering and training local actors with focus on agriculture and water resources.


Judges’ Choice Winner (tie)

COFA: Climate Optimized Fenestrations for Buildings in Developing Nations. / 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 / danielledahan
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 /  sriraj

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

Communicating Coastal Risk and Resilience

Judges’ Choice Winner

A collaborative solutions communication platform /  @conserveaction  read their story!

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) /  UPEI/SFU C2C

CLIVE allows citizens to visualize 3D sea-level rise and storm surge scenarios at local community scales using past data and IPCC models

Consumption of Products & Services

Judges’ Choice Winner

Food bikes: the low capital, low footprint alternative to food trucks /  The Food Bikery

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 /  hritchie

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 /  Save the Baby 2.0
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) /  WAR

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. / Ohmconnect
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 /  BAS Nederland

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

Global Plan

Judges’ Choice Winner (tie)

Settle the carbon debt and release the power of example! /  jan-k  read his story!

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

Judges’ (tie) & Popular Choice Winner

Carbon-Free, Fast /  Dennis Peterson
An aggressive approach that doesn’t break the bank


Popular Choice Winner*

STRAUT Aero: Solar Hot Air Generator /  STRAUT

#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)

Global 4C: Managing Land for Carbon Sequestration with Smart Money /
Global 4C advocates a new source of global finance that can reward the bio-sequestration of carbon and the protection of biodiversity.

Judges’ (tie) & Popular Choice Winner

Synergies of Reforestation & Community Empowerment in Kenya /  Kijan

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 /  FutureCoast

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 /  Fossil Free MIT

Fossil fuel divestment campaigns shift public opinion, empower young organizers, and generate sociopolitical willpower for climate action.


Judges’ Choice Winner

Batteries on the move for a more efficient world /  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 /  shenba

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 /  Sno-Caps Team – read their story!

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 /  adelemorris
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: Carbon Fee and Dividend /  CitizensClimateLobby
A rising fee on GHG emissions, with full dividend and border adjustments, will position the US to lead a global response to climate change.

U.S. Government

Judges’ & Popular Choice Winner

Democratic Finance: Energy Of the People, By the People, For the People / The Energy Commons

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

Urban Resilience: Climate Actions for Urban Areas

Popular Choice Winner*

GreenUp – Engaging communities to build green & resilient cities in India /  senaditi

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

Waste Management

Judges’ Choice Winner


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 /  Tengeya – read their story!

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

Creating Public Demand for Green Building

Popular Choice Winner & Judges’ Special Commendation*

Path To Zero – Transforming energy inefficient buildings to green buildings / BAS Nederland  

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

Youth Action on Climate Change

Judges’ Choice Winner

Climate Change is Elementary: Huge Green Fundraiser for Schools / davefinnigan0785

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

Judges’ Special Commendation

Make Our Economic Reasoning Consistent with Intergenerational Justice /  timdamon
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 /  TierraVida
Building a youth-led citizen movement to address climate change from the bottom-up


The Judges in this contest have decided that the submitted proposals did not address the contest prompt sufficiently enough to warrant awarding Finalists or Winners.  See contest page for more details.

*No Judges’ Choice winners were selected for these contests. Below is a message from the Judges of the Creating Public Demand for Green Building contest: 

The Judges have strongly considered each of the Finalists and have decided to not award a Judges’ Choice Winner. The real estate and construction industry is very diverse and local context plays a huge role in successful strategies for industry transformation. While promising and effective in their own ways, the Judges deemed that each of the Finalists proposals would need greatly expand their scope in order to be applicable on a global or even regional scale and to be a ‘game changer’ for the industry. However, one entry was awarded as a Judges’ Special Commendation, and will be invited to showcase their work at the Climate CoLab conference.