How it works


May 18, 2020

June 15, 2020

July 6, 2020

July 20, 2020

August 3, 2020


Preliminary plan for a carbon reduction project and implementation timeline due

Final plan with refined carbon reduction and cost calculations due

First poster draft due

Final poster expo and competition


1st place

2nd place

3rd place

$2,000 cash prize

$1,000 cash prize

$500 cash prize

Judging criteria

Carbon reduction projects will be evaluated on the following criteria

1. Total carbon reduced and total money saved

The judges are looking for projects with the largest carbon reductions and cost savings. Show us your back-of-the-envelope calculations of your project's projected carbon reductions and cost savings.

2. Co-benefits

The judges are looking for any added benefits that your project provides beyond reducing CO2 emissions. Think about how your carbon reduction project may result in improvements in health, sustainability, resource utilization in other areas.

3. Project implementation

The judges are looking for carbon reduction projects that have been approved for implementation. Show us how the organization you're working with got behind your project and is committed to its success.

4. Poster presentation

At the final poster session, the judges are looking for a well-organized poster and a clear presentation. This is the time for you and your team members to showcase your mastery of the subject matter.

5. Communication

Throughout the summer, the judges are looking for professional and timely communication with the Carbon Reduction Challenge staff.


Director, Global Change Program, Georgia Tech

Director, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business, Georgia Tech

How to participate