Destination Decarbonization

The Destination Decarbonization Challenge is a case study competition open to undergraduate students who want to get involved in the energy industry, solve challenges surrounding carbon emissions in their local region, and win some prize money along the way! 


The competition is a part of an NREL grant awarded the WET Center as a part of the American Made Challenge.


Keep scrolling to learn more and how to apply. 

Accelerating decarbonization and reducing climate change is a large global issue. However, we think that the most impactful change begins at the local level with students who are, in our opinion, future leaders of climate change for many years to come.


Introducing the Destination Decarbonization Challenge, where students in groups of 2 to 4, can apply and submit their innovative ideas. We have outlined all the important steps below! Deadlines are firm. When you apply, those deadlines will be shared with you and your group. You can learn more by checking out the Challenge Background here. 

The application window will be launching in December of 2022 with applications closing at the end of January. Students will also be required to submit different components of the project in different phases at various dates.


The Pitch Day will be held on April 21, 2023, at  California State University, Fresno.

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$6,000- First Place

$4,000- Second Place

$2,500- Third Place

*Other prizes available for remaining projects, based on the quality of the submission. 

Resources For Students

Wondering where to start with decarbonization? Columbia University can help on

how we can make it happen.

 Visit The National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine for their interactive resource that touches on the different aspects of decarbonization, and what the government is currently supporting.

The Department of Energy outlined a handy roadmap that can help with visualizing how we can reach "net zero" regarding carbon emissions.

This is a magazine put together by Stanford. They have collected a variety of different articles and resources related to decarbonization that they have put together into a magazine called "Race to Zero."