Key Dates

Sept 20, 2023 2024 CRC Launch, Applications open
Nov 6, 12PM to 1PM EST Watch the Info Session/Webinar with Frontier & RMI
Dec 6, 9am EST Watch the Info Session/Webinar with Carbon Unbound @ COP28
Jan 8, 4pm EST Info Session/Webinar with Peter Reinhardt
Dec 15, 2023
Jan 15, 2023
Applications closed
Fall 2023 – Winter 2023 Additional Info Sessions/Teams design and build carbon removal challenge submissions
March 4th, 9am EST, 2024 Teams submit designs and documentation of final prototypes
March 18, 2024 Judges choose 5 finalist teams for the final showcase at Carbon Unbound
Late May, 2024 Final showcase at Carbon Unbound

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Check out the Carbon Removal Challenge FAQ!

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Why Carbon Removal?

There is already too much CO2 in the atmosphere, and some essential industries – namely, commercial aviation and steel and cement manufacturing – will be very difficult to decarbonize in time. Any chance we have of limiting average global temperature change to a survivable threshold (1.5C or below) must include the removal of carbon from the atmosphere. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has called for Carbon Dioxide Removal (Negative Emissions Technologies), to help us stay below 1.5C above preindustrial temperatures – the threshold scientists agree is the point at which we will irreversibly impact our climate for the worse.


  • Introduce a new generation of students to the world of carbon capture
  • Highlight and showcase the carbon removal work already happening in higher ed
  • Give students a hands-on opportunity to create brand new solutions to the carbon pollution problem
  • Promote new innovations through open source licensing, which will allow more rapid advancement of students’ technologies and enable others to build on the success of earlier submissions
  • Build talent networks for employers and future job seekers


Each team must submit an application, complete with a full list of team members, a faculty advisor, and an overview of their design, by the end of November 2022 Jan 15th. Suggested team size is 2-8 members.

The 2023 Carbon Removal Challenge

Watch the 2023 Carbon Removal Challenge Showcase

For more info about the 2023 Carbon Removal Challenge, check out the 2023 Carbon Removal Challenge page. The 2023 CRC was part of NYU’s 2040 Now Initiative.

Playlist for 2023 Info Sessions, Webinars, & Related Videos

From December of 2022 through Feb 2023, the 2023 Carbon Removal Challenge participants were invited to attend multiple info sessions, webinars, and office hours. This is playlist of the sessions of the webinars.


Tom Igoe Dr. Lehman Marks
• Founder of the Solar Car Challenge, the top project-based STEM Initiative helping motivate high school students in Science, Engineering, and Alternative Energy
• Long time Educator
• Extensive Experience in Project Development & Management
Tom Igoe Tom Igoe
• Co-founder of Arduino
• Professor, NYU ITP
• Area Head for Physical Computing
Dr. Evvan Morton Dr. Evvan Morton
• American Association for Advancement of Science
Science & Technology Policy Fellow
Dr. Gregory Nemet Dr. Gregory Nemet
• Professor, University of Wisconsin
• Lead Author, UN IPCC Report
• Author, How Solar Became Cheap
Michael Weinberg Michael Weinberg
• President of the board of the Open Source Hardware Association
• Executive Director of the Center on Innovation Law and Policy at NYU

Judges / Mentors

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