The U.S. Department of Homeland Security considers climate change a threat to national security, so much so that it is launching a contest to find ways to keep people cool in overheated settings – total cash prizes offered: $195,000. It’s the DHS “Cooling Solutions Challenge”.
“Protecting the public from heat-related illness and death during extreme heat events,” DHS explains, “is an important part of disaster preparedness and resilience and the DHS mission.”
“This Challenge is seeking innovative climate-friendly cooling solutions that can provide access to cooling to people in public and residential areas. DHS is looking for novel ways to protect those at risk of heat-related illness or death, including first responders, households or group quarters without access to conventional cooling systems or experiencing sustained power outages, and displaced or homeless populations.”
So keep your cool and go for it!