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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

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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.

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

SARAH SHEMKUS