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February 10, 2021

Carbon Leadership Forum among Finalists Selected for $10 Million 2030 Climate Challenge

On February 9, Lever for Change announced that the College of Built Environment’s Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) and four other finalist teams will advance to the next stage of the 2030 Climate Challenge, a $10 million award launched last year to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. by 2030. The Challenge, sponsored by an anonymous donor, will fund proven, data-driven solutions tackling greenhouse gas emissions in the buildings, industry, and/or transportation sectors in communities across the country.

Sixty-eight proposals for the 2030 Climate Challenge were evaluated during a three-month process that included peer reviews, as well as a final review by an expert panel of more than 45 philanthropic and civic leaders, and climate experts. Applications were evaluated based on four criteria: whether they were impactful, feasible, scalable, and durable.

Over the next few months, the finalists will work with a team of technical experts to strengthen, revise, and re-submit their proposed solutions for the $10 million award.

The Carbon Leadership Forum’s proposal is titled: Building with Biomass: Using Buildings to Sequester Carbon at Gigaton-Scale. 

A final grant recipient will be announced in the summer of 2021. Learn more about the 2030 Climate Challenge and the five outstanding finalists: