Graduate students at the 2012 Energy@Stanford & SLAC conference participated in an unusual contest to identify the most effective tactics to combat climate change. The contest was based on a simulation tool called En-ROADS that allowed the students to enter different values for a variety of factors that could influence the global climate in coming decades-- for example, an increase or decrease in renewable energy sources, traditional fossil fuel use,carbon taxation or deforestation. The students were divided into 26 teams. Each group entered specific values to create a realistic scenario for lowering the Earth's temperature by 2100. Four teams were chosen as finalists, and a panel of Stanford energy leaders selected the winner. For more information visit: or

September 10, 2012