$25K Grand Prize

Reducing Our Risk

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Congratulations to all our finalists and winners. They are truly an inspiration in American preparedness. Our winners include:

Judges' Choice: The City of Ottawa, IL

People's Choice: Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project

People's Choice Runner-up: Restore America's Estuaries

People's Choice Runner-up (tie): American Littoral Society

People's Choice Runner-up (tie): University of New Orleans - CHART

Communities across our nation face dangerous and damaging weather patterns. Droughts along the Corn Belt, wildfires in the West, tornadoes across our heartland, hurricanes along the sourthern and eastern coasts and flooding on our storied river banks: all endanger our community welfare and livelihoods. In 2012, natural catastrophes alone killed 349 people and caused more than $60 billion in damage. 

Yet, while Americans encounter this daunting weather, our spirit for innovation lives on. Local organizations, business, religious groups and governments have all found ways to reduce their risk in the face of these natural hazards. Some have used natural resources, such as oyster beds or marshes, to reduce erosion and wave energy – preventing flooding and storm surge. Others have invented cost-effective technologies that protect homes from blowing over in strong winds. Still others have found ways to adapt their farming techniques to ensure a healthy crop in the changing wet and dry seasons.

For more information about solutions that could help you be more prepared for extreme weather, use the map below.

Top 10 Finalists

City of Ottawa
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Blackfoot Challenge
American Littoral Society – Northeast Chapter
Ecosystem Restoration Support Organization, Inc.
The Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project
Restore America's Estuaries
Make It Right
Billion Oyster Project, New York Harbor Foundation
Climate Central



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

View Entrants

Organization: ReadyReef Inc
Country: United States
Organization: Portlight Strategies, Inc.
Country: United States
Organization: Climate Central
Country: United States
Organization: City of Arlington, Texas
Country: United States
Organization: City of Arlington Fire Department's Office of Emergency Management
Country: United States
Organization: ColterDurham
Country: United States
Organization: LuminAID Lab
Country: United States
Organization: Restore America's Estuaries
Country: United States
Organization: Billion Oyster Project, New York Harbor Foundation
Country: United States
Organization: Make It Right
Country: United States
Organization: The Natural Resilience Fund
Country: United States
Organization: Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc.
Country: United States
Organization: Virginia Institute of Marine Science Foundation
Country: United States
Organization: Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agrícolas y Pecuarias
Country: United States
Organization: The Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project
Country: United States
Organization: The Working World WORCs Program and Rockaway Wildfire
Country: United States


Contest Requirements

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 info@solutionsearch.org with any questions concerning eligibility, criteria for entry or general inquiries about the Solution Search.


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