Aug 14, 2015
Thank you for submitting your proposal to this Climate CoLab contest. Because you had submitted it before July 18th, the contest Judges were able to review your proposal and provide you with some feedback, which we have included below. We hope that you will use it to further develop your work before the August 31 deadline. On that date at midnight Eastern Time, your proposal will be locked and considered in final form. The Judges will then select which proposals will continue to the Finalists round. Finalists are eligible for the contest’s Judges Choice award, as well as for public voting to select the contest’s Popular Choice award. The Winners will receive a special invitation to attend selected sessions at MIT’s SOLVE conference and showcase their work before key constituents in a workshop the next day. A few select Climate CoLab winners will join distinguished SOLVE attendees in a highly collaborative problem-solving session. In addition, if your plan is included in one or more winning global plans, you will receive Climate CoLab Points, and the top point-getters will receive shares of a cash prize of $10,000. Thank you for your great work and good luck! 2015 Climate CoLab Judges & Fellows Judge’s name: CJ Guo Judge’s feedback: The overall context about the need for China to take actions in climate change is about right, and advocating production of biofuels and fertilizers from the agricultural sector and city organic waster water is a right direction. However, too little specifics was provided as to the specific steps, technologies needed and economic viability etc. The authors should realize that there is never a lack of grant ideas to transition from the current fossil energy based system to a long term sustainable one. The challenges are usually in the economic viability of a concept or approach in the context of existing options, and policy framework. Suggest the authors to provide quantitative analysis on what technologies and policy scenarios are needed for the idea to be workable and viable in order to make a real impact. Fellows’ name: Angela Yeh, Liang Yang Fellows’ feedback: - Comment to title: This is a promising proposal as the first step, and it is expected the author to support more details regarding more sectors, benefit-cost, challenges and so on. - Comment to Summary: a good starting point - but a more specific description of exactly what you meant by technological advancement is recommended. it seems as though from the pitch that this would be a proposal on how to deploy technology already available, but the description turns to international policy around climate inaction - which can be confusing. - Comment to ‘how do they fit together’: I very much like the author's work to build his proposal on several available sub-proposals. I would like to suggest the author to mention more or create his own sub-proposals, as the current three sub-proposals are too limited to represent the China climate-economy-policy system. Also, it is expected the author puts some words on how the sub-proposals fit together. - Comments to ‘benefits, costs, challenges, …’: o yes - but what are the initial cost that you envision? and who should incur the cost? o More details on key challenges will help form a concrete full proposal. o i would like to see more of the concrete short term and long term challenges that will be faced - the wait and see is certainly expected, but can you tell us more? o elaborate on the advantages?
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