Here are some of the student programs that Mission Zero is supporting.

Climate Project SEED Funding

One of Mission Zero’s priorities is facilitating student programs of all disciplines engaging in climate-related projects. Successful student applicants will receive funding and have the opportunity to show off their projects at the CU Solutions Showcase on April 21, 2022.  Students may receive up to $500 per individual or up to $2000 per team. 

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Sustainable Solutions Showcase

Mission Zero is excited to Partner with the CU Environmental Center for the Sustainable Solutions Showcase on April 21, 2022. Students will have the opportunity to showcase their climate projects (see Climate Project Funding), promote their work, network, and win prizes and awards.

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NVC Climate Change Track

CU Boulder has cultivated a unique environment where innovation thrives.  Mission Zero is excited to partner with CU’s New Venture Challenge Program for assisting students in bringing their ideas to market. There will be $20,000 available for top teams with ventures focused on sustainability.

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CU Hindsight Magazine

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Hindsight, formerly Journal 2020, is a student-run creative nonfiction journal at CU Boulder, publishing undergraduate personal essays, news journalism, memoirs, portraits, artwork and more. The Mission Zero Fund is excited to partner with Hindsight Magazine for a climate-specific Issue to be published in 2022. 

Student Contest Link: Hindsight Journal Climate Contest

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Undergraduate Research on Climate Change

CU has been leading the effort in climate change research for decades. Through partnership with Mission Zero, CU Boulder benefits by receiving funding resources to further their ongoing student/faculty research efforts into all aspects of climate change.

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Capstone Class Sponsorship

Looking to really make an impact with your donation?  Have a specific Climate related problem you are looking to solve? By sponsoring an Engineering Capstone Class, you will provide the next generation of climate leaders with the opportunity to work on a specific challenge identified by a sponsor, as well as mentorship opportunities.

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Climate Change Hackathon

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The Mission Zero Fund is sponsoring a Climate Change Student Hackathon in partnership with T9Hacks on February 18-19, 2022.   

With a rapidly changing global climate, sustainability and environmental concern is at an all time high. What are some ideas for projects and campaigns you can come up with that will convey the science, build understanding, and propose solutions to the growing issues surrounding Climate Change to your student peers and community members?

No prepared project needed to signup, just register and we'll see you Feb 18th to start the competition!

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Climate Solutions

Mission Zero has targeted nine areas of challenge and opportunity to significantly reduce CO2 emissions. While there are many other activities we can alter to reduce our carbon footprint, these climate solution tracks are ones we have identified as areas of greatest impact.


Bolstering Campus Sustainability

95% of students at The University of Colorado, Boulder say climate change is a concern for their generation. Mission Zero is interested in ensuring that every student and community member that has ideas around innovative solutions on how the University of Colorado, Boulder can continue to pioneer sustainability across campus has the resources and support to turn concepts into reality. Green solutions used at CU will act as a proof of concept for large scale designs for sustainability at universities across the country.