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Winners Announced for UN Environment’s Synergistic Solutions Contest


MIT Climate CoLab and the UN Environment Global Environment Outlooks (GEO) 2018 team are very excited to announce the Judges’ Choice & Popular Choice Winners for the Exploring Synergistic Solutions for Sustainable Development contest.



Over 70 innovative proposals were submitted to the contest, and evaluated by a team of expert Judges, who selected 34 proposals as Semi-Finalists. Authors had a chance to revise their proposals before entering a second round of evaluation, where 12 proposals were selected as Finalists, and opened for a public vote. Earlier this month, over 4,000 votes were cast by the global community for their favorite proposal. We are excited to announce that 2 proposals have been selected as Judges’ Choice & Popular Choice Winners.

Congratulations to the two winning proposals!


Judges’ Choice Winner
ClimateCoop – The Climate Consortium Blockchain /

ClimateCoop, by Sorin Simplaceanu and Bertalan Vecsei of Germany, demonstrates the exciting potential for blockchain technology to coordinate and scale the impact of a wide range of action on the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).

Popular Choice Winner
Framework for Community-Based Sustainable Development /  Caleb, Charles, and Dan

Framework for Community-Based Sustainable Development was developed by three undergraduate students at the University of California – Berkeley,  and inspired the community with its compelling vision for integrating SDGs systematically.


Contest winners will be invited to showcase their work at UN Environment’s conference in Kenya (expenses-paid), meet with the UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Environment, and have their proposal included in the Global Environment Outlook, which is UN Environment’s flagship report on the state of the environment and is distributed to decision-makers around the globe.

Judges’ Special Commendation

The Judges would also like give a special acknowledgement to two Finalists, which they have given a Judges’ Special Commendation. Awardees are recognized by the Judges for their outstanding contribution to the contest, but are not eligible for contest prizes.

C’SQUARE – The Urban Comfort Rating /  C’SQUARE for Urban Comfort
With C’SQUARE we empower citizens to contribute towards a more inclusive, safe, resilient, sustainable and comfortable future of cities.

Adding value to all waste at source through blockchain technology and IoT. /  Recyclebot
An app that allows waste buyers to source specific waste directly from producers, giving you the ability to buy, sell and reuse all waste.


“The UN Environment GEO 2018 team was thrilled by the response and enthusiasm from people around the world who engaged in our Climate CoLab contest.  This engagement was the first of its kind for GEO, and made a strong contribution to our understanding of how bottom-up pathways can cause concrete system transformations.We will be featuring the results of the contest in the GEO-6 report, which will be shared with environmental decision-makers and government leaders across the globe.

Thank you to all of those who contributed to this process.  We are inspired by your creativity and hard work, and we hope you continue to work on advancing your proposals.”

-Laura Pereira, on behalf of the UN Environment – Global Environment Outlooks (GEO) 6 team