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    Climate proposals that stood above the crowds

    Grand prize, 2014

    Winner: Energy efficiency engineer Danielle Dahan

    The idea: A training program to address a shortage of qualified people to maintain green buildings’ sophisticated heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.

    The impact: Eliminating human error in operating energy management systems could save an estimated 111 million metric tons of CO2 in the United States each year.

    Honorable mention, 2014


    Winner: Job Taminiau, Gordon Schweitzer, Kathleen Saul, and Sardar Mohazzam, a group from the United States, Netherlands, and Pakistan

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    The idea: A plan to install community-funded solar projects on unused federal rooftop space.

    The impact: A decrease of over 9 million tons of CO2 emissions per year in annual electric power emissions.

    Energy Supply judges’ choice, 2014

    Winner: Matt Duesterberg

    The idea: A system that sends messages to users’ phones, alerting them when high demand is causing spikes in electricity prices and allowing them to earn money by cutting their power use.


    The impact: If the system can reach 200,000 users, up to 40 million tons of CO2 emissions could be reduced per year.