Learn about the KCP2018 winners below:
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Our Climate is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in the U.S. that has launched a national grassroots campaign to advance state and national legislative efforts to put a price on carbon. The organization is primarily youth-driven, with the majority of its work focused on recruiting and training young leaders (18-24 years old).
They expect their efforts will lead to the passage of a price on carbon in at least two states in the next year and that within the next five years, state-level carbon pricing will be enacted in 8-10 states (not including California and Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) states). They estimate their campaign will directly reduce national carbon emissions by approximately 43 million metric tons of CO2-eq from BAU levels by 2050.
The organization started as a statewide movement in Oregon to introduce carbon pricing bills and mobilize volunteers to testify on their behalf. They then founded the ‘Put a Price On It’ campaign, which has, since its launch in 2016, reached students on 110 campuses to advocate for climate policy and has secured endorsements from 40 college and university presidents.
Takachar is a C corporation that develops technologies that focuses on small-scale, low-cost, and village-based technology that allows local farmers access to low-cost, high-performance fertilizers. At the same price they normally pay, farmers can increase their harvest yield by up to 30% and income by 50-100%, at the same time restoring their soil health and sequestering 1.7 tons/acre of CO2 equivalent from the atmosphere.
To make their fertilizer, Takachar uses locally available post-harvest agricultural residues that are converted into a carbon-rich (typically 30-70% by mass) intermediate (called torrefied biomass) that then can be mixed with other nutrient recipes to become a standalone, government-certified fertilizer.
This core technology was developed as Dr. Kevin S. Kung’s PhD thesis at MIT (with 2 pending patents that they will license exclusively from MIT), and utilizes a process called oxygen-lean torrefaction.
Savory Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that trains farmers, ranchers, and pastoralists in the application of Holistic Planned Grazing in order to create large-scale restoration of the world’s grasslands and sequester atmospheric carbon. They deliver tools, training, and relevant science through 30 hubs across six continents. They expect to sequester 630,000 tons of carbon from the first year of implementing their Land to Market (L2M) program on 35000 hectares of land.
Founded in 2009, the Institute has trained over 4,000 participants and influenced management of over 7.5 Million hectares of grasslands. The Savory approach was pioneered in the 1960’s by founder and Zimbabwean rangeland ecologist, Allan Savory, and used most often for land and livestock management.
Bolder Industries is a certified B Corporation that recycles end-of-life tires to create a low carbon alternative to carbon black. Their product, Bolder Black, is a reinforcing filler for rubber products like hoses, gaskets, belts, and roofing membranes.Their process breaks down waste tires using 90% less water and emitting 90% less CO2e than traditional methods.
Tony Wibbeler, CEO, is the former owner of three landfills where he built recycling centers. He noticed the high energy and water usage as well as high emissions of traditional recycling methods, and this prompted his desire to create high value products from common waste streams.
The SRI (System of Rice Intensification) International Network and Resources Center (SRI-Rice) is a program established at Cornell University in 2010 to advance the state of knowledge about SRI by encouraging scientific research, and to make such knowledge available to as many farmers around the world as possible.
SRI improves soil health and ecosystem services and reduces net greenhouse gas emissions from flooded rice paddies by 20-40% per hectare -- and by a higher percentage per kg of rice produced because SRI methods increase yields, usually by 50-100%.
Cornell faculty, staff and students working with civil-society, government and private-sector partners around the world have been the most visible and active catalysts for SRI dissemination over the past 20 years. This is a joint application with Pragati Koraput, a natural resources management organization that promotes SRI with the tribal farmers of Koraput District in India.
Pollinate Energy India is a not-for-profit social enterprise that gives India’s urban poor access to sustainable products, such as solar lamps and fuel-efficient cookstoves, by a micro-distribution payment plan sales network. The local sales people, Pollinators, go door-to-door in slum communities selling these products.
Energy poverty affects an estimated 400 million people in India. Affected families live without access to electricity, and most rely on kerosene and wood for light and cooking. Burning kerosene is expensive, contributes to respiratory illness, and has serious environmental implications. 98% of Pollinate customers have now reduced or eliminated their kerosene use, significantly reducing black carbon emissions. Furthermore, uptake of these products saves 13,684 T of CO2 per annum.
While visiting India a group of six recent Engineering and Environmental Science graduates from Australia decided to create Pollinate Energy. Alexie Seller is co-founder and CEO and holds degrees in Arts and Mechanical Engineering with Honours from the University of Sydney.
LanzaTech is a carbon recycling company that uses microbes to convert waste into products. These include jet fuel and over 30 different chemicals.
The world’s first commercial facility converting industrial emissions to sustainable ethanol began operations on May 3, 2018. It is a partnership between LanzaTech and Shougang Group, a leading Chinese iron and steel producer.
CEO Dr. Jennifer Holmgren is the author or co-author of 50 US patents and more than 30 scientific publications. In 2003, she was the first woman awarded the Malcolm E. Pruitt Award from the Council for Chemical Research (CCR). LanzaTech was named the Hottest Company in the Bioeconomy by Biofuels Digest for 2016-2017.
WattTime is a nonprofit that helps institutions and organizations automatically reduce emissions from their products by shifting usage to the times that are less polluting. The core technique, called Automated Emissions Reduction (AER), allows control over which power plants produce energy by carefully timing consumption.
Founded by Gavin McCormick while he was a PhD student at UC Berkeley, WattTime also helps researchers analyze the power grid, educators teach about clean energy, and companies do their carbon accounting.
It is now a partially-owned subsidiary of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), and has partnerships with Microsoft, Google, Kaiser Permanente, Harvard, and the University of California. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is interested in statewide implementation of WattTime’s technology.
Natel Energy is a company that manufactures a patented low-head, fish-friendly, modular hydropower turbine in order to make lower-impact hydropower projects easier to design, permit, finance and develop.
By using their technology, Natel claims up to 40% savings on civil works and balance of plant costs, and up to 20% savings on turbine packages due to standardized and modular designs are possible.
Gia Schneider is Natel’s CEO and co-founder, and in June 2017 was selected by the PennWell Hydro Group as one of their annual “Women with Hydro Vision” awardees.
Chemolex is a company that produces bio-fuel for cooking and lighting from invasive water hyacinth for low income households in the Western Part of Kenya, using advanced bio-conversion technology.
Chemolex was founded in 2014 after 2 years of laboratory testing, and currently eliminates 800 kg of water hyacinth on a monthly basis to supply clean and affordable fuel to 500 households and 200 businesses. It both reduces black carbon and provides a model of using invasives as biofuel that can be replicated in other areas around the world.
Founder Mr Clifford Okoth Owino is a renewable energy entrepreneur with a degree in Applied Chemistry. He has been recognized for outstanding innovation by Kenya National Innovation Agency and Smart Villages Energy Projects.