Seeking student solutions for the causes and impacts of climate change

March 15, 2011

Update: With the submission deadline for the 2011 Climate Leadership Challenge fast approaching (March 25), competition organizers have posted some last minute tips for project proposals. Attention student innovators and entrepreneurs: All University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduate and graduate students are invited to enter the 2011 Climate Leadership Challenge (CLC) before March 25. CLC is an annual student innovation competition run by the Nelson Institute's Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) that seeks to: Significant cash prizes are available to five winning teams, with a $50,000 award for one Grand Prize winner. Winners will also have the option of a free 12-month lease at the University Research Park Metro Innovation Center. Successful projects will help reduce the causes of climate change or help improve society's ability to adapt to climate change impacts. The competition invites all forms of innovation, whether technical or social in nature, and encourages solutions from all disciplines, especially from teams that bridge disciplines to benefit from multiple perspectives. Winners from 2010 included a low-cost power distribution transformer that supports renewable fuel use in developing countries, a smart phone application that helps you reduce your carbon footprint by calculating the carbon cost of your groceries, an innovative cook stove and land-use plan for Haiti, and a new strategy for internal combustion engines designed to increase efficiency while reducing pollutants. Winning teams from the 2011 Climate Leadership Challenge will present their proposals in exposition-style booths at the annual Nelson Institute Earth Day conference on April 20, where the $50,000 grand prize winner will be announced. For more information, view this short introductory video and visit the Climate Leadership Challenge website. Submission guidelines can be seen here.