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Our Call to Action

Tackling climate change is one of the defining issues of the 21st century. Climate solutions hold immense potential to drive a sustainable, prosperous, and equitable future for people and communities in the US and around the globe. We conceive of climate solutions broadly, including entrepreneurial and technological innovations as well as new policies and programs. Universities can serve as incubators for climate solutions and foster student innovation around scalable, timely, and impactful solutions.

ALL students enrolled at any university or college in the state of Utah are eligible to submit their most innovative, creative, and bold ideas for tackling climate change.  Student Innovation Prize submissions should detail the scalable and innovative impact for mitigating climate change, feasibility, and potential for co-benefits to people and/or ecosystems.



  • 4-5 page (single spaced, minimum font size 12 and 1” margins. Figures should be inline with the text, and are considered part of the page limit while the bibliography is not part of the page limit).
  • Innovative climate solutions pitches by individuals or teams (maximum of 5 people per team).
  • Submissions should address all three criteria of scalable impact, feasibility, and other benefits and include a section on background and expertise of team members. If relevant for the solution, the submission may include a short business plan.
  • DUE by 5:00 PM MDT on Thursday, February 29, 2024.
    • Enter your contact information below to begin the submission process.
    • You must email your submission to Kyla Welch, at kyla.welch@utah.edu
    • The subject of your email should be "Student Innovation Prize submission"
  • Winners will be announced and required to present at the Wilkes Summit at the University of Utah, May 14 and 15, 2024.
  • Questions: Contact Kyla Welch, Programs Manager (kyla.welch@utah.edu) or Ross Chambless (ross.chambless@utah.edu)


Meet the Finalists for the 2023 Wilkes Center Student Innovation Prize