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Climate Foundation Selected as Winner in The Urban Labs Innovation Challenge

October 21, 2016 – Press Release Urban Labs Innovation Challenge


Climate Foundation

Announcement Regarding the Urban Labs Innovation Challenge


The Climate Foundation is proud to announce that it has been selected as a winner in The Urban Labs Innovation Challenge: Delhi. Founded by Dr. Brian von Herzen, the Climate Foundation is internationally recognized for its efforts to restore degraded ecosystems in the oceans and on land. The award is the latest recognition earned by the Climate Foundation following a successful entry in the Blue Economy Challenge.

The Urban Labs Innovation Challenge: Delhi is a first-of-a-kind partnership between the University of Chicago and the Delhi government. The goals of the Innovation Challenge are to improve Delhi’s air and water quality, and meet Delhi’s future energy needs. The Climate Foundation project will convert rice straw to biochar for agricultural purposes

Joining the Climate Foundation as a winner is Tide Technocrats. The winners were selected from nearly 250 non-profit and for-profit organizations, government agencies, students, researchers, entrepreneurs, and citizens from across India and around the world. The Climate Foundation and Tide Technocrats will work with the University of Chicago and Delhi Government to pilot and test their ideas. If successful, the government could implement the program at a large scale, providing an important model for other cities to follow.

Dedicated to educating and empowering people to halt global warming in our lifetime, the Climate Foundation’s successful entry in the Innovation Challenge uses biochar technology to improve sanitation and agriculture. Biochar, or biological charcoal, can be made from agricultural and/or human waste. Since 2011, the Climate Foundation has developed biochar reactors for human solid waste applications. Designed in the United States and built in Connecticut and India, biochar reactors work independently of the grid and can process the solid waste of 2,000 people per day. When applied to degraded soils, biochar also reduces the need for fertilizer and raises agricultural productivity in marginal soils.  

        The award from the University of Chicago and the Delhi Government was made at the University of Chicago on Friday, October 21.