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CoLab Talk: Two new contests! Conference videos now available

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New Contests Launched
City of CambridgeHow can we effectively mitigate the urban heat island effect in Cambridge, Massachusetts?
The City of Cambridge is using the Climate CoLab platform to seek innovative strategies to mitigate the urban heat island effect, which is the phenomenon of a city being significantly warmer than its surroundings.    Click here for contest details. 
How can agricultural calendars incorporate climate science to anticipate climate change?
The traditional calendars used by farmers in the Pamir Mountains of Afghanistan are becoming less relevant with the onset of climate change.  The American Geophysical Union’s Thriving Earth Exchange is pairing up scientists and innovators to find solutions. Click here for contest details.
Crowds & Climate Conference in Review
“Harnessing the power of people all around the world toward climate solutions is exactly the kind of initiative we need.”
– Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, keynote speaker at the conference

On November 6-7, over 200 people gathered in person and over 1,000 participated online for the Climate CoLab’s Crowds and Climate: From Ideas to Action conference.

The interactive two-day event provided a forum for attendees to see presentations by and then collaborate with the 34 contest winners, as well as hear from leading climate change experts through a series of plenary panels.

The first focused on creating transformational change in the private sector to respond to climate change.

“About 87 percent of our environmental footprint occurs during the product use phase,” said panelist Matthew Swibel, director of sustainability strategy at Lockheed Martin.

“We are working on demonstrating the total systems value and the total footprint to our customers, who are increasingly concerned about the resources required to operate the products we are delivering,” he said.  “Systems thinking is the holy grail.”

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2014 Climate CoLab Winners

Winner James D’Angelo, presenting his proposal

Winner Osero Shadrack Tengeya discussing his team’s winning proposal

Jeremy Grantham, keynote speaker

Grand Prize Winner & Honorable Mention awardees