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The Innovate to Mitigate Challenge is open to all middle school and high school students in the U.S. and around the world, so share the word. Visit our media toolkit page for posts that you can share on Facebook and Twitter.

Round 1: Feb. 1 – Mar. 27


In the first round, students are submitted a brief statement (up to 250 words) describing their idea(s) for how to reduce greenhouse gases.  The statements were open for comments, and students submitted a revisions on March 25th. The most promising winning ideas qualified for a second round. 

Round 2: March 27 – June 15

Round 2 qualifiers will work on their video and paper during April and May, providing details about how and why their proposed plan will reduce greenhouse gases in a 2-minute video and a paper (max 1200 words). Students must register their intent to submit their video and paper by May 29th, and will then receive email instructions. Final winners will be selected by experts, and a community vote. Here are the criteria the judges are looking for

  Video Pitch (2 minutes)

In your video, state what you’d do, why you’d do it (i.e., why it would reduce greenhouse gases), and what you predict its impact would be.

Winning video pitches must show the possibility for success or interesting new knowledge. Therefore a winning video pitch describes an idea that:

  • Is imaginative and creative
  • May break rules and conventions, or suggests using common materials and/or ideas in new ways
  • Is feasible.

Your pitch should clearly describe how the plan would mitigate greenhouse gases if it were implemented. 

  Paper (1200 words max.)

The paper should:

  • Describe the idea for reducing greenhouse gases
  • Provide some information to back up the idea, e.g., providing evidence from proven methods, a literature survey, a numerical model, or real data
  • Include a prediction about how and why you think it will have an impact by reducing greenhouse gases
  • Include your estimate of the size of its impacts if it were implemented.