Thursday, September 9, 2010

What if YOU could be part of the solution?

Our climate is changing, and the impacts touch every aspect of our lives: water, air, biodiversity, agriculture, public health, energy use, transportation, land use…the list goes on.

What if you could be part of the solution?

The Climate Leadership Challenge (CLC) is an annual competition seeking innovative ideas and creative solutions to climate change issues and impacts with the goals of:
-                     inspiring great ideas in the minds of the next generation of leaders,
-                     engaging UW students in the adoption of solutions-oriented approaches to environmental challenges, and
-                     promoting awareness of climate change on campus and in the broader community.

What’s the prize? Grand Prize of $50,000 for one winning team with significant cash prizes for five additional winning teams.
What type of solutions is eligible? All original ideas relating to reducing the causes or impacts of climate change will be considered. Be creative!
Who can enter? All UW-Madison undergrad and graduate students. We encourage participants to form interdisciplinary teams that span multiple academic departments.
How to get involved: No registration necessary. Submit proposals in late March, judging will follow with awards presented at the annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference in April. Contact us at sageCLC at and stay tuned for more details.

We'll be sharing lots of tips, guidance, and opportunities through the blog, facebook, and twitter, so be sure to follow us to stay up-to-speed on the happenings.

A big thank you to John Surdyk for inviting me to present the Climate Leadership Challenge to about 100 engineering students tonight at IdeasFest. It looks like an exciting year ahead.

The Climate Leadership Challenge is run by the Nelson Institute’s Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and made possible by a generous grant from the Global Stewards Society.

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