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SUBJECT: Your proposal has been selected as a Finalist!
Congratulations! Your proposal, Co-Composting to Reduce GHG Emissions from Confined Animal Feedlot Operations in the Waste Management contest, has been selected to advance to the Finalists round.
Be proud of your accomplishment – more than 350 proposals were submitted and only a very small number have been advanced through these two rounds of judging.
As a Finalist, your proposal is eligible for the contest’s Judges Choice award, as well as the contest’s Popular Choice award, which is determined by public voting.
If you haven’t already, you will soon receive an email from the Climate CoLab staff with details about the voting period. If you don’t receive that email within the next day, or have other questions, please contact the Climate CoLab staff at email@example.com
All winners will be announced the week after the voting period ends, on September 12, 2015 at midnight Eastern Time.
Both Judges Choice and Popular Choice will receive a special invitation to attend selected sessions at MIT’s SOLVE conference and present their proposals before key constituents in a workshop the next day, where a $10,000 Grand Prize will be awarded. A few select Climate CoLab winners will join distinguished SOLVE attendees in a highly collaborative problem-solving session. Some contests have additional prizes given by the contest sponsor.
Thank you for your work on this very important issue. We’re proud of your proposal, and we hope that you are too. Again, congratulations!
2015 Climate CoLab Judges
Additional comments from the Judges:
Judge 1: I think the proposal is well outlined and provides a clear path through the pilot stage while addressing two major problems - waste from CAFOs and vegetative waste from farming operations. The proposal lacks a little direction relative to other proposals after the pilot phase but I think that can be overcome once the results of the pilot project prove out. Good luck with the implementation.
Judge 2: Well organized, thought out and presented. Funding sources exst and could certainly be implemented! Well done.
Congratulations! Your proposal, Co-Composting to Reduce GHG Emissions from Confined Animal Feedlot Operationsin the Waste Management 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, 2015 until July 14, 2015, midnight Eastern Time.
At the revision deadline listed above, 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.
The Judges' comments are posted below.
Please incorporate answers to these comments in your revisions, or your proposal may not be advanced to the Finalists round.
Well thought out project that is scalable and addresses two major issues; CAFO waste and ag waste. Reasonable costs to implement the pilot project should make it feasible to assess the possibility of scaling the project up. It would seem to me that if this was really a possibility, CAFO operators would already be doing it, if not with agricultural vegetable waste, with some other vegetative waste material. Barriers may exist with cost to implement. It would be interesting to see the results of the pilot project.
Thank you for your great work and again, congratulations!
2015 Climate CoLab Judges
Jul 14, 2015
Thank you for the review and feedback on this proposal. I incorporated this feedback, as well as made the following revisions to the proposal: -Various photos were added throughout illustrating different sections of the proposal -Additional information has been added to the section “How much will emissions be reduced or sequestered vs. business as usual levels?” -The “What are the proposal’s costs?” section was edited to specifically incorporate the judge’s feedback of addressing future scalability of the project -The “Timeline” section was expanded to include the scope of the project beyond the initial Phase 1 pilot project -The “Related proposals” section was edited to reflect only those proposals that made the Semi-Final selection -The “References” section was updated accordingly
Jul 14, 2015
-The "Summary" section was updated to iterate the importance of GHG emission reduction via composting