Échale A Tu Casa
2013 Runner-Up

For over 25 years Francesco Piazzesi and his team have developed a truly comprehensive, elegantly integrated model combining community empowerment, local technical capacity building, a novel financing system, and cutting-edge but culturally appropriate “green” building techniques.

Future of Fish
2012 Runner-Up

“If we do not reduce worldwide overfishing, scientists predict the end of commercial fishing by 2050, a catastrophic event for the 200 million employed by the industry and the 1 billion who rely on fish as their primary protein. We help innovate to avoid this fate.”

Participatory Budgeting in the Congo Basin
2011 Runner-Up

This project empowers local forest communities to use cutting edge technologies to map their lands and resources and use this evidence as advocacy and negotiation tools for more secure land tenure.

2010 Runner-Up

Watergy is a bionic concept, immitating the biosphere within an enclosure, using wind, rain and related energy dissipation. It allows 85% recycling of irrigation water, while accumulation of CO2 leads to higher rates of photosynthesis. Further applications are plant protection (no pesticides), processing of greywater, desalination and heat supply.

Dreaming New Mexico
2009 Runner-Up

Dreaming New Mexico is a bold, visionary and tangible methodology and tool kit for bioregional restoration applicable locally and globalocally. It addresses the systemic nature of restoration of natural and human systems, including governance and the restoration economy.

Barefoot College
2008 Runner-Up

Barefoot College is a non-governmental organization that has been providing basic services and solutions to problems in rural communities for more than forty years, with the objective of making them self-sufficient and sustainable.