Breaking News: Wildcoast Wins 2019 Keeling Curve Prize today at the Aspen Ideas Festival!
Jun 28, 2019 03:42PM
● By Paul Spear
2019 Keeling Curve Prize Winners were announced Today at the Aspen Ideas Festival
Breaking News: WILDCOAST, a local non-profit organization headquartered in Imperial Beach, was announced as a 2019 Keeling Curve Prize Winner at the Aspen Ideas Festival today. Wildcoast won its award in the Carbon Capture & Utilization category for working to secure a resilient coastline to help protect communities, economies, and ecosystems from climate change impacts in the Gulf of California. Wildcoast was among the 10 winners receiving a 2019 Keeling Curve Prize today. Each of the 10 2019 Keeling Curve Prize winners will receive $25,000 in prize money.
year's prestigious Keeling Curve Prize competition
attracted nearly 150 applicants from around the globe. A judging panel of prominent scientists and
policy experts selected two winners in each of this year’s five prize categories:
- Carbon Capture & Utilization
- Energy Access
- Social & Cultural Impacts
Below is a copy of the Press Release announcing the 2019 Keeling Curve Prize winners:
Keeling Curve Prize winners announced
10 global warming solutions projects share $250,000 in prize money
ASPEN, CO — Winners of the 2019 Keeling Curve Prize range from a company recycling CO₂ into cost-competitive chemicals and fuels, to an initiative greening India’s auto rickshaws, to a project engaging churches worldwide in climate education for young people.
The winners, announced during a celebration at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Friday, June 28, were chosen from almost 150 applications from all over the world. The prize recognizes promising projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or promote carbon uptake.
“The applications were extraordinarily impressive, reflecting the wide variety of ways determined people around the world are tackling the climate crisis,” said Brenda Ekwurzel, director of climate science for the Union of Concerned Scientists, who was one of this year’s Keeling Curve Prize judges. “We must take immediate action to address global warming, and the Keeling Curve Prize is shining a spotlight on practical solutions that can reduce heat-trapping emissions, increase carbon uptake, and slow climate change.”
An international panel of judges from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors
selected two winners in each of this year’s five prize categories:
· Carbon Capture & Utilization
· Energy Access
· Social & Cultural Impacts
“From many seeds, solutions grow, and we’re proud to ‘water the grass,’“said Jacquelyn Francis, founder and director of the Keeling Curve Prize. “We need a diversity of approaches to flourish so that we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, remove them from our atmosphere, and protect our planet for ourselves and our children.”
Each of the 10 2019 Keeling Curve Prize winners will receive $25,000 in prize money. They are:
Carbon Capture & Utilization
· Opus 12 (Berkeley, California) is developing a device that recycles CO₂ into cost-competitive chemicals and fuels.
· WILDCOAST (Imperial Beach, California) is working to secure a resilient coastline to help protect communities, economies and ecosystems from climate change impacts in the Gulf of California.
· Solar Sister (Great Falls, Virginia) invests in women’s enterprises in off-grid communities in Africa.
· African Clean Energy (Lesotho) produces cookstoves that reduce smoke emissions and solar electricity for small electronics and LED lighting.
· Clean Energy Works (Washington, D.C.) is using pay-as-you-save financing to help transportation companies switch to electric buses.
· CalCEF/Nexus (Oakland, California) is forming a Qualified Clean Energy Opportunity Zone Fund to deploy solar, wind, energy storage and other clean economy assets.
· Jetty (Mexico City) is using technology to establish and enforce stricter service standards on private suppliers of loosely regulated "colectivo" services in Mexico City.
· Three Wheels United (Bangalore, India) is using finance and technology to decarbonize the auto rickshaw market.
Social & Cultural Impacts
· World Council of Churches (Geneva) aims to provide houses of worship with tools and know-how to enable reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through youth engagement.
· Science Based Target Initiative (Global) helps financial institutions use science-based targets to align their investment and lending portfolios with the Paris Agreement.
The Keeling Curve Prize is named for the iconic Keeling Curve, which shows the accumulation of CO₂ in Earth’s atmosphere since the 1950s. The curve is based on decades of measurements taken from the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, and is named for Charles David Keeling, who started the CO₂ monitoring program. This spring, atmospheric CO₂ levels hit over 415 parts per million – the highest levels in human history.
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Paul Spear, Editor, DigImperialBeach.com