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See contest description for update: Changemaker Challenge 2019: How can digital and technological initiatives, products, services or tools help to make travel and mobility more sustainable?
17 4 Any action Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Winners announced: Reshaping development pathways in LDCs 2019: What are solutions to restore degraded landscapes, helping communities in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) become more climate resilient?
62 52
Helping Small and Medium Businesses Go Low Carbon 2018: What initiatives, products, services or tools can help Ontario’s small and medium-sized businesses thrive while reducing their emissions?
30 79 Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Mitigation) States and Provinces Business Organizations Any kind of action
Winners announced: Absorbing Climate Impacts 2018: How can climate risk insurance be linked with other forms of social protection to help vulnerable communities absorb climate impacts?
71 76 Adapt to climate change (Adaptation) Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Winners announced: Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency 2018: What innovative solutions can help improve energy efficiency across a range of corporate facilities?
20 66 Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Mitigation) Cities and Metro regions Any Actor Physical actions
Circular Economy, Economie circulaire 2018: What projects, initiatives, technologies or strategies can support cities in their transition towards a circular economy?
43 59 Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Mitigation) Cities and Metro regions Any Actor Physical actions
Winners announced: Exploring Synergistic Solutions for Sustainable Development 2018: What combinations of Climate CoLab proposals could help achieve multiple Sustainable Development Goals?
69 214 Any action Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Winners announced: Shifting Attitudes and Behaviors 2018: What initiatives and strategies can mobilize individuals and societies to shift attitudes & behaviors to address climate change?
59 201 Any action Anywhere Any Actor Cultural actions
Winners announced: Land Use: Agriculture, Forestry, Waste Management 2018: What initiatives, policies, and technologies can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from land use change and waste?
53 307 Land use & other sectors Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Winners announced: Energy Supply 2018: What initiatives, policies, and technologies can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector?
35 309 Electric power sector Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Winners announced: Adaptation 2018: What initiatives, policies, and technologies can help prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change?
42 130 Adapt to climate change (Adaptation) Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Winners announced: Carbon Pricing 2018: What initiatives, policies, and strategies can advance carbon pricing?
22 71 Any action Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Winners announced: Transportation 2018: What initiatives, policies, and technologies can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector?
32 112 Transportation Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Winners announced: Buildings 2018: What initiatives, policies, and technologies can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the buildings sector?
27 174 Buildings Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Anticipating Climate Hazards 2017: How can vulnerable communities best prepare for climate-related hazards, and what new tools can be used to incentivize early action?
94 130 Adapt to climate change (Adaptation) Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Open for proposals: Land Use, Agriculture and Forestry Workspace: How can greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, forestry and other land use be reduced?
27 11 Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Mitigation) Cities and Metro regions Any Actor Physical actions
Open for proposals: Energy Supply Workspace: How can greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation be reduced?
22 8 Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Mitigation) Cities and Metro regions Any Actor Physical actions
Open for proposals: Buildings Workspace: How can greenhouse gas emissions from the building sector be reduced?
7 5 Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Mitigation) Cities and Metro regions Any Actor Physical actions
Open for proposals: Transportation Workspace: How can greenhouse gas emissions from the world's transportation be reduced?
21 8 Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Mitigation) Cities and Metro regions Any Actor Physical actions
Open for proposals: Public Attitudes and Behaviors Workspace: What can be done to shift the public's perception of climate change and inspire action?
37 33 Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Mitigation) Cities and Metro regions Any Actor Physical actions
Open for proposals: Adaptation Workspace: What can be done to adapt to the impacts of climate change?
15 4 Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Mitigation) Cities and Metro regions Any Actor Physical actions
Open for proposals: Waste Management Workspace: How can greenhouse gas emissions from waste management be reduced?
10 3 Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Mitigation) Cities and Metro regions Any Actor Physical actions
Open for proposals: Industry Workspace: What initiatives, policies, and technologies can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the industrial sector?
9 5 Industry Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Open for proposals: Geoengineering Workspace: What initiatives, policies, and technologies can counteract the effects of rising greenhouse gases, whether or not emissions are reduced?
76 76 Geoengineering Anywhere Any Actor Physical actions
Cities Workspace: How can greenhouse gas emissions from cities be reduced?
8 5
Rain Enhancement 2017: What can be done to increase the efficiency of rain enhancement in UAE and around the world?
10 26 Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Mitigation) Cities and Metro regions Any Actor Physical actions
Completed: Shifting Behavior for a Changing Climate 2016: How can we mobilize individuals and society to shift behaviors in order to address climate change?
92 309 Any action Anywhere Any Actor Cultural actions
Completed: Land Use: Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock 2016: How can we scale-up sustainable landscape management to significantly reduce GHG emissions while ensuring food, water, and energy security?
60 211 Land use & other sectors Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: The Smart Zero Carbon Cities Challenge 2016: How can smart technologies drive a rapid transition to zero-carbon cities?
16 54 Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Mitigation) Cities and Metro regions, Towns/Neighborhoods Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: MIT Climate Mitigation Solutions 2016: How can MIT demonstrate innovative climate mitigation solutions on campus?
19 26 Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Mitigation) Anywhere Educational/research organizations, Schools/universities Physical actions, Cultural actions
Completed: Energy Water Nexus 2016: What actions can address interdependent water-energy challenges, and drive us toward a secure water and energy future?
21 43 Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Mitigation), Adapt to climate change (Adaptation) Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Aviation 2016: How can we design, operate, and power aircraft to reduce the climate impacts of aviation?
11 19 Reduce energy required to produce the same amount of goods/services (Efficiency), Transportation Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Adaptation 2016: What can be done to prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change?
29 176 Adapt to climate change (Adaptation) Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Materials Matter 2016: Fabrics and textiles impact our climate -- a lot. How can we spark a materials revolution by rethinking how we value and use them?
37 26 Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Mitigation), Reduce consumption of GHG-emitting goods/services Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Improving firewood for clean cookstoves 2016: How can rural residents in Colombia efficiently and inexpensively dry firewood for clean cookstoves?
10 25 Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Mitigation) Other developing countries Any Actor Physical actions, Cultural actions
Completed: Energy Supply 2016: What initiatives, policies and technologies can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector?
40 142 Energy supply, Electric power sector Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Waste Management 2016: What initiatives, policies and technologies can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from waste and waste management?
30 73 Waste management Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Buildings 2016: What initiatives, policies and technologies can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the building sector?
33 94 Buildings Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Transportation 2016: What initiatives, policies and technologies can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector?
28 143 Transportation Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Industry 2016: How can industry innovate to meet the challenges of sustaining a healthy climate while meeting societal demands for goods and services?
11 48 Industry Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Harnessing the power of MIT alumni 2016: What is the most effective thing that MIT alumni can do to help implement the MIT Plan for Action on Climate Change?
90 135 Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Mitigation) Anywhere Educational/research organizations Any kind of action
Completed: Fostering Climate Collaboration in Boulder, CO 2016: How can we build community engagement and connectivity around climate change?
40 68 Any action Cities and Metro regions, United States Any Actor Cultural actions
Completed: Designing High Density Urban Bike Parking 2016: Is there a design solution that provides high-density, accessible, cost-effective bicycle parking in the urban context?
16 68 Any action Anywhere Any Actor Physical actions
Completed: Regional Climate Action Plan Workspace: Enter and work on regional climate action plans outside of the contest periods.
41 39 Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Mitigation), Adapt to climate change (Adaptation) Nations and groups of nations Any Actor Any kind of action
Contest Suggestions Archive 2013 to 2016: What other contests should Climate CoLab run?
42 58 Any action Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Shifting Attitudes & Behavior 2015: How can we shift perceptions, values, norms, and attitudes about climate change?
71 399 Any action Anywhere Any Actor Cultural actions
Completed: Energy Supply 2015: What initiatives, policies and technologies can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation?
29 245 Energy supply Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Transportation 2015: What initiatives, policies and technologies can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector?
21 60 Transportation Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Buildings 2015: What initiatives, policies and technologies can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the building sector?
13 192 Buildings Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Waste Management 2015: What initiatives, policies and technologies can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from waste and waste management?
23 84 Waste management Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Land Use: Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock 2015: How can we scale-up sustainable landscape management to significantly reduce GHG emissions while ensuring food, water, and energy security?
32 141 Agriculture, Forestry & Forests Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Industry 2015: How can industry innovate to meet the climate challenge and drive sustainable growth?
9 38 Reduce energy required to produce the same amount of goods/services (Efficiency), Industry Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Adaptation 2015: What can be done to prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change?
30 105 Adapt to climate change (Adaptation) Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: U.S. Carbon Price 2015: How could a national price on carbon be implemented in the United States?
16 147 Any action Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Rural resilience 2015: What actions can rural communities take to increase their resilience to climate change?
19 71 Adapt to climate change (Adaptation) Towns/Neighborhoods Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Energy-Water Nexus 2015: What immediate actions can we take to address energy-water nexus challenges?
16 87 Any action Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Urban Energy Efficiency 2015: How do we leverage innovation in hardware, software and business models to increase urban energy efficiency?
23 57 Reduce energy required to produce the same amount of goods/services (Efficiency) Cities and Metro regions Any Actor Economic actions
Completed: Anticipating Climate Change in the Pamir Mountains 2015: How can traditional ecological calendars used to guide agricultural activity link to climate science so as to anticipate climate change in the Pamir Mountains?
16 184 Adapt to climate change (Adaptation) Nations and groups of nations Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Atypical Ideas for Carbon Neutrality 2015: What atypical, innovative ideas can turn Somerville, MA into a carbon-neutral city?
31 244 Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Mitigation) Cities and Metro regions Governmental Bodies Any kind of action
Completed: Energy solutions for Latin America 2015: How can we create more efficient, renewable energy solutions to reduce GHG emissions from the electricity sector in Latin America?
14 35 Energy supply Latin America Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Urban Heat Island Effect 2015: How can we effectively mitigate the urban heat island effect in Cambridge, Massachusetts?
33 280 Adapt to climate change (Adaptation) Cities and Metro regions Any Actor, Municipal/Local governments Any kind of action
Completed: Global Climate Action Plan 2015: What should be the world’s plan to address climate change?
40 131 Any action Global Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: United States’ Climate Action Plan 2015: What should be the United States’ plan to address climate change?
19 77 Any action United States Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Europe’s Climate Action Plan 2015: What should be the Europe’s plan to address climate change?
12 21 Any action European Union Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: China’s Climate Action Plan 2015: What should be China’s plan to address climate change?
6 18 Any action China Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: India’s Climate Action Plan 2015: What should be India’s plan to address climate change?
29 68 Any action India Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Other Developed Countries’ Climate Action Plan 2015: What should be the Other Developed Countries’ plan to address climate change?
9 127 Any action Other developed countries Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Other Developing Countries’ Climate Action Plan 2015: What should be the Other Developing Countries’ plan to address climate change?
13 43 Any action Other developing countries Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Communicating Coastal Risk and Resilience 2014: How do we best communicate climate risk and resilience to coastal communities?
18 75 Adapt to climate change (Adaptation) Coastal communities Any Actor Physical actions, Cultural actions
Completed: Youth action on climate change 2014: How can we enable young people to take leadership now, and make a difference against climate change?
40 208 Any action Anywhere Other organizations (also known as Civil Society), Individual citizens and consumers Any kind of action
Completed: Scaling renewables in major emerging economies 2013: How can renewable technologies be rapidly deployed in the major emerging economies?
9 41 Energy supply Other developing countries Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Energy Supply 2014: How can GHG emissions from the electricity sector be minimized?
35 393 Energy supply Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Transportation 2014: How can CO2 emissions from the transportation sector be reduced?
45 383 Transportation Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Buildings 2014: How can we increase building energy efficiency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
29 171 Buildings Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Industry 2014: How can industry innovate to meet the climate challenge and drive sustainable growth?
15 97 Reduce energy required to produce the same amount of goods/services (Efficiency), Industry Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Land Use: Agriculture, Livestock & Forestry 2014: How can we scale-up sustainable landscape management to reduce GHG emissions while ensuring food, water, and energy security?
23 171 Agriculture, Forestry & Forests Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Consumption of Products & Services 2014: How can we reduce consumption of goods and services that, by their manufacture or use, emit greenhouse gases?
27 172 Reduce consumption of GHG-emitting goods/services Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Adaptation to Climate Change 2014: What can be done to adapt to the impacts of climate change?
29 175 Adapt to climate change (Adaptation) Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Shifting behavior for a changing climate 2014: How can we shift perceptions, values, norms, and attitudes to inspire individuals and institutions to take action on climate change?
53 314 Any action Anywhere Any Actor Cultural actions
Completed: Crowdsourcing for Disaster Risk Management 2014: How can crowdsourcing provide more efficient disaster risk management?
12 134 Adapt to increases in extreme weather events e.g. hurricanes Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Global plan 2014: What combination of actions can be taken in the world as a whole to address climate change?
42 306 Any action Global Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Contest 2011: Global 2011: How should the global economy evolve through 2100, given the risks of climate change?
44 333 Any action Global Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Waste Management 2014: How can emissions from waste be reduced?
16 206 Waste management Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Contest 2011: National 2011: How should national economies evolve through 2100, given the risks of climate change?
18 173 Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Mitigation), Adapt to climate change (Adaptation) Nations and groups of nations Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Waste management 2013: How can emissions from waste disposal be reduced?
20 68 Waste management Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: U.S. Government 2014: What new actions or policies can the U.S. government agencies implement to mitigate climate change?
28 111 Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Mitigation) United States Federal Agencies Political actions
Completed: Creating public demand for green buildings 2014: How can we empower the public and communities to build awareness and demand for green buildings?
32 226 Buildings Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: U.S. Carbon Price 2014: How could a national price on carbon be implemented in the United States?
29 321 Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Mitigation) United States Governments Political actions, Economic actions
Completed: Urban Resilience: Climate Actions for Urban Areas 2014: What priority actions can urban areas take to increase their resilience to climate change?
18 159 Adapt to climate change (Adaptation) Cities and Metro regions Municipal/Local governments Any kind of action
Completed: Contest 2010 Follow-Up 2010: How can the Climate CoLab 2010 finalists be improved?
11 18 Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Mitigation), Adapt to climate change (Adaptation) Global Intergovernmental organizations, National governments Political actions
Completed: MIT Sloan Innovation Period Class, 2013: What actions should be taken to address climate change?
2 3 Any action Towns/Neighborhoods Educational/research organizations, Non-governmental organizations Any kind of action
Completed: Contest 2010: Contest 2010: What international climate agreements should the world community make?
4 16 Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Mitigation), Adapt to climate change (Adaptation) Global Intergovernmental organizations, National governments Political actions
Completed: Contest 2009: Contest 2009: What plan should be adopted at the UN climate talks?
20 65 Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Mitigation), Adapt to climate change (Adaptation) Global Intergovernmental organizations Political actions
Completed: Climate friendly diet 2013: How should we eat given the risks of climate change?
1 12 Reduce consumption of GHG-emitting goods/services Anywhere Individual citizens and consumers Any kind of action
Completed: Geoengineering 2014: How can research into geoengineering be governed to limit its environmental and political risks?
18 98 Geoengineering Anywhere Any Actor Physical actions
Completed: Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) 2013: What can be done to measure, monitor and reduce the climate impacts of increased oil and gas production spurred by hydraulic fracturing (fracking)?
15 39 Energy supply, Reduce emissions from hydrocarbon production, Industry Anywhere, United States Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Replacing diesel generation 2013: What actions and/or policies can encourage large-scale deployment of commercially viable renewable energy sources to replace stationary diesel generators?
6 37 Energy supply Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Urban adaptation: Climate resilient cities 2013: How can cities become more resilient to the challenges brought on by climate change?
16 45 Adapt to climate change (Adaptation) Cities and Metro regions Municipal/Local governments Any kind of action
Completed: Reducing consumption 2013: How can we reduce consumption of greenhouse-emitting goods and services?
23 71 Reduce consumption of GHG-emitting goods/services Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Adaptation and Civil Society Groups 2013: What role will civil society actors play in climate adaptation?
15 54 Adapt to climate change (Adaptation) Anywhere Non-governmental organizations Any kind of action
Completed: Building efficiency 2013: How can greenhouse gas emissions from buildings be reduced?
18 95 Buildings Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Transportation efficiency 2013: How can CO2 emissions from the world's transportation be reduced?
41 117 Transportation Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Agriculture and forestry 2013: Which activities can best reduce climate impacts and enhance resilient adaptation to climate change in agriculture and forestry?
27 146 Agriculture, Forestry & Forests Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Enabling adaptation 2013: How can businesses, governments, and individuals coordinate to ensure the implementation of effective domestic and international strategies to prepare for the effects of climate change?
14 30 Adapt to climate change (Adaptation) Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Local solutions 2013: What can be done at the local level to address climate change?
39 104 Any action States and Provinces, Cities and Metro regions, Towns/Neighborhoods, Households Any Actor, Grassroots/community organizations Any kind of action
Completed: Shifting cultures for a changing climate 2013: What can be done to shift cultural attitudes on climate change to inspire action?
38 193 Any action Anywhere Any Actor Cultural actions
Completed: Electric power sector 2013: What can be done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions attributable to the electric power sector?
29 167 Electric power sector Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Geoengineering 2013: What climate-engineering initiatives might be feasible, especially to avoid methane feedbacks caused by global warming?
33 213 Geoengineering Anywhere Any Actor Physical actions
Completed: Industrial efficiency 2013: How can greenhouse gas emissions from the industrial sector be reduced?
10 24 Reduce energy required to produce the same amount of goods/services (Efficiency), Industry Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Profitably reducing emissions from cement 2013: What can be done to reduce GHG emissions in the cement industry profitably?
12 22 Cement industry Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action
Completed: Fossil fuel sector 2013: What are some ways to create step-change improvements in the GHG emissions associated with the production of fossil fuels?
5 23 Fossil fuel sector Anywhere Any Actor Any kind of action