North America

Ecocity Mapping for Urban Villages
2009 Semi-Finalist


LOCATION: Oakland, California, USA

Economics for the Anthropocene
2016 Catalyst Program

SUMMARY: The Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A) project seeks to displace the growth-insistent macro-economic framework which is destabilizing the Earth's life support system(s).

2014 Catalyst Program

SUMMARY: Rooted in social and environmental justice, EcoStation:NY is exploring the intersection of the two through innovative, interrelated "community food" and sustainable urban agriculture projects that educate, inspire, and empower. By taking a “Big Picture” approach, we are fostering important dialog and action around food, the environment, society, and sustainability.

2013 Winner

This innovative materials science company uses local agricultural waste as feedstock to grow fungal mycelia that can be formed into a host of byproducts, from packaging materials to building insulation and car bumpers.

Emergent Structures
2015 Catalyst Program

Emergent Structures has developed a multi-pronged strategy for construction and demolition waste transformation with localized wealth creation resulting from these material flows. Through on-ground iteration, inclusive design practices, and multi-stakeholder collaboration, we've developed the tools, knowledge, and capacity to facilitate the successful application of this process in other cities.

Engagement Through Exposure
2008 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: “Engagement through Exposure” is an effort to make visible, that which is invisible using ubiquitous technology to connect people with their environment.

Ennead Lab
2015 Catalyst Program

F.R.E.D. (Fostering Resilient Ecological Design) is a cross-disciplinary project that develops whole-systems approaches for re-building and strengthening neighborhoods within coastal communities on the eastern seaboard of the United States. The project asks, “Can we re-think how (and why) we build and live near the water?"

2016 Semi-Finalist

Evrnu has developed a proprietary technology that goes far beyond standard garment recycling to deconstruct used cotton textiles at the molecular level, creating a range of multi-purpose regenerated cellulose fibers far stronger and more durable than the original fabrics.

Factor Ten Engineering (10xE)
2008 Semi-Finalist

After years of exploration, we are activating a pathfinding project called 10xE. It aims to accelerate the fundamental reform of engineering pedagogy and practice by transforming how engineers think about design. Our proposed method is to create, test, refine, disseminate, and create strong “demand pull” to propagate and apply a vivid casebook showing very large (often order-of-magnitude) energy and resource savings, with uncompromised or improved performance but generally capital cost—that is, yielding not diminishing but expanding returns to investments in efficiency.

Field Structure Energy Paradigm
2008 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: Applying a new theory of form and structure to real world problems of energy generation and storage.

FishNET: Protecting Our Oceans
2011 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: As the various types of IUU fishing create a multi-faceted problem, a single technology cannot solve it all. Low cost detection technologies improve the effectiveness of maritime enforcement agencies.

Food Shift
2014 Catalyst Program

SUMMARY: Food Shift is designing and launching a professional food recovery service sector that manages the collection and redistribution of surplus edible food from businesses to those in need. We are shifting the paradigm around food recovery from one that is charity-based to one that ensures financial sustainability and creates jobs.

Fruit Futures Initiative Gary
2017 Catalyst Program

Fruit Futures (FFIG) re-imagines post-urban Gary IN, with multipurpose plantings of fruiting trees. As a critical alternative to sustainable (re)development, cooperative landscapes link the region's geography to the biochemistry of fruit, engaging citizen scientists to reboot soil, study microclimate, and explore favorite and forgotten small fruits towards resilient cultural futures.

Fuego del Sol Haiti
2014 Semi-Finalist


Global Village Construction Set
2011 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: We are developing the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) - an advanced industrial economy-in-a-box that can be replicated inexpensively anywhere in the world. The GVCS is like a Lego set of modular building blocks which that work together for creating sustainable, regenerative, resilient communities.

Good Land Project
2016 Catalyst Program

The GoodLand Project seeks to increase the Catholic Church's understanding and ecological planning of its landholdings using geographic technologies and community involvement to demonstrate how these lands can be a means for positive global environmental and social change.The Church potentially controls the largest nongovernmental network of landholdings in the world.

2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: GoodBank™ is the high transparency design for a commercial bank, reconnecting money and meaning. Saving, shopping and investing true to one’s ethical values improves customer's credit rating at the bank, earns cash-back rewards for environmental and social causes, and inspires new transparency tools to enhance social financial literacy.

Greenflight World Link Initiative
2009 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: Sustainable transportation is a fundamental requirement of humanity. The Green Flight World Link Initiative is centered upon the design of the Skylite 500 GeoShip™, a comprehensively engineered geodesic airship employing synergistic technologies for maximum efficiency, environmental compatibility, and robust continuous operation.

2015 Winner

GreenWave is a non-profit organization working to restore ocean ecosystems and transform fishers, our last ocean hunters, into restorative ocean farmers and stewards of their local waters.


ORGANIZATION NAME: The Neighborhood Service Organization