WorldGBC Launches MIT Climate CoLab Contest

Monday 31st March 2014

Through a partnership with the MIT Climate CoLab contest, the WorldGBC seeks your ideas to create public demand for green buildings that can meet the values of the occupants and empower the public to enter the conversation of how buildings are designed and created for them.

Buildings remain one of the key producers of greenhouse gases, consuming up to 40% of the world’s energy and contributing up to 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The size of our current built environment will double in the next 30 years. 

Green buildings can mitigate the negatives of traditional buildings and climate change contribution, but stakeholders defining the green building conversation have largely been industry groups and governments – with the public largely being absent and out of focus.

How can we empower the public and communities to build awareness and demand for green buildings?

Our new contest, in partnership with the MIT Climate CoLab, seeks to answer this question. Proposals can be submitted until 20 July 2014, with successful proposals having the opportunity to present their ideas to people who can support their implementation, and a chance at a grand prize of $10,000.

Specifically, we seek proposals to build awareness in the following areas:

  • How can we inspire the public to think about the spaces they inhabit, things they would like in these spaces and voice their suggestions?
  • How can we empower communities to enter the conversation about the design of buildings that are being built and designed for them?
  • How can we create a mainstream conversation that will ultimately lead to greater demand for green buildings by communities and the public?
  • How can we convert the values and desires of the public into real changes in the global building stock?

How can you and your community take a lead role on the green building conversation and increase your access to greener, healthier, more efficient buildings? Find out more.

Through a partnership with the MIT Climate CoLab contest, the WorldGBC seeks your ideas to create public demand for green buildings that can meet the values of the occupants and empower the public to enter the conversation of how buildings are designed and created for them.

Buildings remain one of the key producers of greenhouse gases, consuming up to 40% of the world’s energy and contributing up to 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The size of our current built environment will double in the next 30 years. 

Green buildings can mitigate the negatives of traditional buildings and climate change contribution, but stakeholders defining the green building conversation have largely been industry groups and governments – with the public largely being absent and out of focus.

How can we empower the public and communities to build awareness and demand for green buildings?

Our new contest, in partnership with the MIT Climate CoLab, seeks to answer this question. Proposals can be submitted until 20 July 2014, with successful proposals having the opportunity to present their ideas to people who can support their implementation, and a chance at a grand prize of $10,000.

Specifically, we seek proposals to build awareness in the following areas:

  • How can we inspire the public to think about the spaces they inhabit, things they would like in these spaces and voice their suggestions?
  • How can we empower communities to enter the conversation about the design of buildings that are being built and designed for them?
  • How can we create a mainstream conversation that will ultimately lead to greater demand for green buildings by communities and the public?
  • How can we convert the values and desires of the public into real changes in the global building stock?

How can you and your community take a lead role on the green building conversation and increase your access to greener, healthier, more efficient buildings? Find out more.