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The Application Process

The Wilkes Center for Climate Science and policy is currently accepting first round applications until January 31, 2023.

Round 1: 'Pitch'

During this stage, applicants will submit a high level pitch of their idea. Once submitted, applications undergo a thorough evaluation process. Those that qualify will move to the next round.

Round 2: 'Proposal

Applicants will submit a detailed proposal to support their first round pitch.

Round 3: 'Presentation'

The top 5 applicants from the previous rounds will be invited to present their idea to our panel of national judges at the Wilkes

Summit on May 16, 2023.

Wilkes Center Climate Prize Selection Committee


The Wilkes Climate Prize submissions will be reviewed and considered by some of the sharpest minds in the scientific and sustainability fields today. The top prize will be awarded to the idea with the most scalable impact, the most feasible concept, and the solution most likely to benefit communities, economies, or ecosystems.

Kimberly Nicholas

Sustainability Scientist at Lund University, Sweden

Kimberly Nicholas

Sustainability Scientist at Lund University, Sweden

Walt Reid

Vice President, Environment and Science, Packard Foundation

Walt Reid

Vice President, Environment and Science, Packard Foundation

James Marshall Shepherd

Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor, University of Georgia

James Marshall Shepherd

Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor, University of Georgia

Klaus Lackner

Director, Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, Arizona State University

Klaus Lackner

Director, Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, Arizona State University

Steven Hamburg

Chief Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund

Steven Hamburg

Chief Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund

Kerry Constabile

Managing Director, Global Head of Sustainability Strategy and Net Zero for Standard Chartered Bank

Kerry Constabile

Managing Director, Global Head of Sustainability Strategy and Net Zero for Standard Chartered Bank