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Enter your innovative solutions to extreme weather disasters and you could win $25,000January 16th, 2015

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Extreme weather claims hundreds of lives and costs billions of dollars in damage in the U.S. every year. Despite these catastrophes, local communities across the nation have persevered thanks to innovative solutions that reduce their risk to weather-related disasters. To spread those life-saving solutions across America, Solution Search launched Reducing Our Risk: Innovation for Disaster Preparation, a competition that will award $25,000 to the most innovative campaigns. Whether the approach uses natural resources like oyster beds or takes the form of experimental farming technologies, all proven and tested techniques in weather-related disaster preparedness are welcome. Applications must be submitted by January 16, 2015.

January 16th, 2015

January 16th, 2015



Grand Prize


Awarded to the Judges’ Choice (selected by our panel) and People’s Choice (recipient of most votes)

Runner Up


Awarded to the first and second runners up in the People’s Choice competition


Trip to Workshop and Awards Ceremony

Attend a capacity-building workshop and awards-ceremony in Washington DC with some of the biggest names in conservation and development


All entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

Goals and actions: Clear listing of goals and their linkage to reducing risk associated with a given hazard

Impact: Strong results associated with economic, environmental and social/community impacts

Challenges and risks: Potential for negative outcomes from implementing this solution

Return on investment: Positive return (financial, social, or other) associated with investment in the solution

Sustainability and replicability: Extent to which the solution could be replicated by other communities

Solution Search is open to all U.S. organizations who have a proven solution in weather-related disaster preparedness. While we celebrate innovation by citizens, individuals are not eligible. Entries will be considered that comply with the following:

Applications must be submitted by January 16, 2015, 11:59:59 p.m. EDT.

Applications must be submitted in English.

If selected as the winner, applicant must agree to use the prize money to further the organization’s goals.

If selected as the winner, applicant must agree to comply with all national and international laws governing the transfer of any prizes, monetary or otherwise, across national and international boundaries.

Agree to all terms of submission as described in the entry form.

To be eligible for the Nominator’s Prize, you must submit the nomination prior to the applicant entering the contest. As with the overall contests, only organizations as listed above are eligible for this award. Please contact [email protected] with any questions concerning eligibility, criteria for entry or general inquiries about the Solution Search.


Dr. Jane Lubchenco

Former NOAA Administrator

Henry Paulson

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary

Jim Cantore

Meteorologist, The Weather Channel

Matt Silverman

President, Tampa Bay Rays

Michael C. Sapnar

President and CEO, Transatlantic Holdings Inc

Rev. Mitchell C. Hescox

President, The Evangelical Environmental Network

Sir John Hood

President and CEO, Robertson Foundation