The Two Rouxs Partner for an Eco-Entrepreneurial Competition


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Imagine creating a business plan that reduces carbon emissions in the construction industry.

That's the task at hand for more than 50 people at a hackathon at Maine's Bowdoin College over the weekend.

The idea was to reduce carbon emissions in the construction industry, which produces about 42% of global CO2 emissions and accounts for 15% of all construction emissions, reports the Bangor Daily News.

The idea was to create a product or service that would reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, cool, and ventilate a building.

The winning team of 10 students and one employee of Bowdoin's Roux Center for the Environment took home $2,000 and a $1,000 prize at the Start Summit, which was put on by the Roux Institute of Northeastern University, reports the Portland Press Herald.

"Especially at the beginning of the day, because everyone who comes here is ambitious and very smart, and we put you on a team of people you don't know who are also ambitious and really smart," says Terra Dunham, who runs the Start Summits for Roux.

"Then you just have to pick one of your ideas and move forward.

You have to compromise, be willing to be flexible, and to change."

At the end of the day, "almost always, teams come together to produce a viable

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