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Please find below the judging results for your proposal.

Finalist Evaluation

Judges'' comments

Thank you for participating in the 2015 Climate CoLab U.S. Carbon Price contest, and for the time you spent in creating and revising your entry.

The Judges have strongly considered your proposal in this second round of evaluation, and have chosen to not advance it as a Finalist for this contest.

We, the Judges and contest Fellows, are truly grateful for your contribution to the Climate CoLab and for your commitment to address climate change.

We encourage you to keep developing your work. Transfer it to the Proposal Workspace to re-open it, make edits, add collaborators, and even submit it into a future contest. You can do so by logging into your account, opening your proposal, selecting the Admin tab, and clicking “Move proposal”.

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2015 Climate CoLab Judges

Further comments:

Your proposal shows great promise and takes a longer term view of pricing -- as part of education. Understanding of application of carbon pricing could be a significant longer-term benefit to business planning.

However, getting business schools to do more on climate change is a laudable goal and activity, but not clear payoff in terms of actual policy. The barriers to your proposal include: (1) a lack of a clear curriculum and champion for it. This could be developed a little further and be much more persuasive; (2) while proposal could lead to a change in behavior, it is at best uncertain - as are carbon reductions that accrue from the proposal; (3) it is not clear that shadow pricing applies equally to all types of businesses - yet no differentiation is made in the discussion; (4) there is no discussion as to whether this will ultimately lead to a direct carbon price - or if that is even a desired outcome from the effort.

Semi-Finalist Evaluation

Judges'' ratings


Judges'' comments

SUBJECT: Your proposal has been selected as a Semi-Finalist!

Congratulations! Your proposal, Novel Strategy to Target Business School Curriculumsin the U.S. Carbon Price contest, has been selected to advance to the Semi-Finalists round.

You will be able to revise your proposal and add new collaborators if you wish, from July 1st until July 14, 2015 at 23:59pm Eastern Time.

Judges' feedback are posted under the "Evaluation" tab of your proposal. Please incorporate this feedback in your revisions, or your proposal may not be advanced to the Finalists round. We ask you to also summarize the changes that you made in the comment section of the Evaluation tab.

At the revision deadline listed below, your proposal will be locked and considered in final form. The Judges will undergo another round of evaluation to ensure that Semi-Finalist proposals have addressed the feedback given, and 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.

Thank you for your great work and again, congratulations!

2015 Climate CoLab Judges

Further comments:
While the abatement potential of this proposal is highly uncertain, we really like the idea of normalizing the consideration of carbon shadow pricing in corporate operations. This is certainly quite a novel approach, though there are some similarities between it and the Business School Initiative developed by WRI – Grey Pinstripes – in the late 1990s.

When companies appropriate shadow price carbon in their investments and procurements, then they avoid deploying capital stock that will be stranded if a carbon pricing policy is enacted. Moreover, that lower-carbon capital stock means the economic effect of a pricing policy would be lower, and that could lower the barriers to adopting it.

One weakness of this proposal is that currently there do not exist robust standard methodologies to shadow price carbon. We would recommend a first step of engaging businesses, consultants, academics, think tanks, and other stakeholders to develop such methodologies so that a curriculum would be available for the business schools to deliver.

It would also be useful to elaborate on how you would get schools to join. In some ways it is difficult to see how you would demonstrate to schools that this would give students a competitive edge as the carbon market it not central to most business students subsequent careers. At least, it is not perceived as such at the moment. More fully articulating the case for impact (as is seems rather indirect at the moment) would be very useful.

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Kate O.

Jul 1, 2015


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Thank you for the feedback. As the judges appear to have already chosen the winner for the 2015 carbon pricing contest, at this time the plan is not to revise this proposal. The saved time will instead be diverted to other proposals.