MIT Solve Climate Ecosystems + Housing Challenge

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The climate crisis requires dramatic action from companies and governments on both mitigation and adaptation. Simultaneously, a zero-carbon world will require both new technologies and equitable approaches to deployment. In response, MIT Solve will focus our ongoing Sustainability Challenges around innovation needs to enable equitable climate action at scale. For 2022, we are focusing on the following two areas: protecting ecosystem carbon and decarbonizing housing.

The MIT Solve community is looking for eight technology-based solutions that help communities thrive with either high-carbon ecosystems or good low-carbon homes at scale. To that end, Solve seeks solutions that:

  • Support local economies that protect high-carbon ecosystems from destruction, including forests, peatlands, and mangroves.
  • Provide scalable, high-quality monitoring of carbon stocks in soil, peat, and marine environments, including at depth.
  • Develop new value chains for mass creation of inexpensive and low-carbon housing, including changes to materials, designs, or construction methods.
  • Decarbonize heating and cooking systems in existing homes while improving efficiency.

Deadline: 3/31/22