The Carbon Slam finalists from Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz have been decided and are listed here. Students will be competing under two categories, Climate Impact and Climate Solutions.

Competition Categories

Climate Impact includes research, practices, and art related to the understanding and dissemination of global and local climate change scenarios and the impact of climate change on human and natural ecosystems (terrestrial, freshwater, marine) from individual through ecosystem levels. Topics include, but are not limited to, impacts on natural ecosystems, government and economic systems, social equity, human health, and global prosperity.

Climate Solutions includes innovations, new technologies, policies, or social practices that reduce the negative impacts of climate change or help reduce climate change on local and global scales. Topics include, but are not limited to, land and water resource management, renewable energy, energy storage, energy efficiency, biomass, carbon-neutral fuels, green technology, carbon tax, and environmental policy solutions.


Carbon Slam finalists representing their campus at the event will each receive $400. Paperwork for awards and travel reimbursement will be processed on the day of the event. Please bring driver’s license (or passport/visa/green card, if international).

Finalists selected to give a pitch will compete with live pitches for 1st place ($4K), 2nd place ($2K), and 3rd place ($1K), determined by the Carbon Slam judges, and people's choice award ($1K), determined by guest text voting, in both the Climate Impact and Climate Solutions competitions. Finalists selected to give a poster will compete with posters during the poster reception for 1st place ($2K), 2nd place ($1K), 3rd place ($600), 4th place ($400), 5th place ($300), and 6th place ($200), determined by the Carbon Slam judges. Two people's choice awards ($200 each) will be determined by guest text voting.

We will also offer small special awards (gifts) for students or teams who make extra efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of their travel to the event and who use their own reusable beverage containers for beverages at the event.  

Pitch and Poster Guidelines

Finalists invited to present a pitch will give the presentation in front of judges and invited guests at Carbon Slam on May 23 at PARC, a Xerox Company. The 3-minute pitch should be appropriate for a general audience that has knowledge of climate change impacts and science. While some introduction to the problem should be given, the majority of the pitch should be focused on the specific innovation of the research. Presenters are allowed a title slide and up to 3 additional PowerPoint slides. Props are fine, but should be approved prior to the event by Sue Carter ( Students will be judged on their ability to communicate their research and the innovation or impact of their research effectively.

Finalists invited to present a poster will display them in a hall, where they will attend them for judging during  the afternoon reception at Carbon Slam on May 23 at PARC, a Xerox Company. You will have time to set up your posters between 8 and 9 a.m. or during the lunch break the day of the event, May 23, and staff will be available to assist. Posters may be up to 42 inches horizontal by 60 inches vertical.  The poster should be appropriate for a general audience that has knowledge of climate change impacts and science. Students will be judged on their ability to communicate their research and the innovation or impact of their research effectively.

Travel Arrangements

Combined reimbursement for airfare and airport shuttle is limited to no more than $250 per person. We will cover travel for up to 3 students per team; if you would like additional team members to attend the event, please contact Sue Carter ( to discuss travel arrangements. Students should choose return plane flights that take off from SFO or SJC no earlier than 8 p.m. on Monday, May 23. Finalists taking public transportation will be fully reimbursed and those who choose to carpool (2 or more per car) will be reimbursed at $0.54/mile. Please inquire ( if you are carpooling from southern or central campuses and need a hotel room on Monday night. We encourage students travelling from southern California campuses to arrive Sunday, May 22, and have reserved rooms with 2 queen beds at the Courtyard at Marriott Palo Alto-Los Altos. The University of California will cover the cost of May 22’s Courtyard at Marriott stay, based on double occupancy, so please indicate preferred or assigned roommate. Teams of 3 or more students who want to stay in the same room can request a 2-room suite. Students who want a private room can reserve one at their own expense at a discounted rate of $179 plus tax (group code CCCA). Your stay at the Courtyard at Marriott on May 22 includes a Sunday buffet dinner at the hotel. We will also provide a free shuttle ride from the hotel to Carbon Slam at PARC the morning of May 23 and from the event to SFO and SJC airports. Parking at the Courtyard at Marriott and PARC is free.

Consent for the University of California to Use Your Information

By representing your campus as a Carbon Slam finalist or runner-up at the event, you agree to have your name, program, presentation format, title, photo, and project summary included in printed and web-based event materials and your presentation filmed or photographed for inclusion on UC Climate Solutions TV and other printed or web materials.


Travel Arrangements

Students will be reimbursed for some costs related to travel to the event. Please see details under Travel logistics. For those students who are flying, both the San Francisco Airport (SFO) and San Jose Airport (SJC) are within 25 miles of the hotel, and Super Shuttle can be arranged from both airports. Sunday night hotel accommodations will be provided for students at the Courtyard at Marriott Palo Alto-Los Altos, based on double occupancy. A buffet dinner will also be provided on Sunday night, and all meals are included during the day of the event. A shuttle will be provided from the hotel to the event and from the event to the SFO and SJC airports.


If you have questions about the award or travel reimbursements or the preparation for your presentation, please contact Sue Carter at