North America

Propagate Ventures
2017 Catalyst Program

Propagate's mission is to grow agroforestry as a cornerstone of agriculture. We link market actors with farmers and land managers, and serve as a platform for increasing the supply and demand of permanent-crops. Our model is market-driven by the pull of consumer demand, collective pre-purchasing and early stage investment.

2011 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: The QuaDror Universal Joint is a new space truss geometry, lending itself to a wide scope of applications. This innovation presents great structural efficiency and tremendous potential for a didactic solution to the global issue of habitat. QuaDror Homes provide integrated design, preserving the organic diversity of cultures and ecosystems.

Receding Arctic Ice Habitats
2008 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: This paper proposes construction of pilot networks of platforms moored to the continental shelf of Alaska to form sea bridges/archipelagos for shelter, hunting and denning. (Fig. 1 and 2). Placed by ship, the platforms would use remotely operated vehicle (ROV) technology to submerge during the current complete winter freezes and surface during the iceless summers.

Reef Life Restoration Foundation
2017 Catalyst Program

SUMMARY: Reef Life nanotechnologies assist bonding of oceanic creatures, coral polyps, plants, medicines & minerals to our diverse substrates, bringing site & species specific fast growth characteristics. Infrastructure-scale reef complexes engineered for entire coastal regions & aquaculture, mariculture fish habitats.

Reinventing the Law
2016 Catalyst Program

Self-organized social collaboration commoning-- is unleashing enormous participatory creativity in eco-friendly resource management around the world, but these solutions are often stymied by conventional law. This initiative will build upon diverse hacks on the law and catalyze a new field of legal inquiry and activism, Law for the Commons.

Renewing America's Interstate Highway Corridor
2015 Catalyst Program

The largest infrastructure project in American history - The Interstate Highway - is reinvented to become the backbone of an adaptive reuse strategy for the continent. 1,870,000 acres of mown land within the corridor is retrofitted using perennial crops and market-access to become a resource generator rather than a sink.

Roses in Concrete Community School
2015 Catalyst Program

End urban poverty through education by positioning school as the center of health in a community. Reverse the model of “out-migration" of young talent by making investments in the most vulnerable urban youth and families, creating a return pathway for youth to return home to help make their communities thrive.

2017 Catalyst Program

SUMMARY: SEVA has engineered an intelligent system that treats blackwater, thus providing a sustainable solution for the 4.5 billion people in the world without access to adequate sanitation. This highly scalable system eliminates the need for any existing infrastructure by employing unique mobile technologies for monitoring and maintenance.

Sheltering U.S. Persons Unsheltered
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: World Shelters’ mission is to provide temporary and transitional shelter for persons in need, including persons unsheltered in the U.S., a.k.a. “homeless”. We have developed an economically sustainable, jurisdictionally conforming and technically unique design for emergency and transitional shelter that we propose to demonstrate in three jurisdictions in California.

skyTran, Inc.
2017 Catalyst Program

SUMMARY: skyTran is a high-speed personal rapid transit (PRT) system developed to address the world's traffic congestion. The unique skyTran system is elevated, arranged in a network, and uses a patented maglev technology that consumes low amounts of energy and generates almost zero pollution.

Slow Money
2014 Semi-Finalist

Slow Money catalyzes the flow of investment capital into local food economies and place-based enterprises in North America and Europe, seeking to “bring money back down to earth” through communications, education, convenings, investment clubs, liaison services, and shared learning networks.

Soft Systems, High Grounds
2015 Catalyst Program

This project involves a prototypical system of disaster evacuation parks across the Caribbean country of Haiti for more than 5,000 sites of schools and markets as protective and preemptive economic infrastructures for disaster risk reduction and economic recovery against the dangers of hurricanes, severe floods, mudslides, and earthquakes.

Solar Power Villages
2011 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: The Earth needs models of settlement where humanity meets its needs without damaging the environment. Solar Power Villages integrate solar collection into greenhouses, store it in hot-oil, and use the heat collected to meet needs for electricity; cooking; water pumping and power (e.g. for grinding corn).

Solutionary Rail
2017 Catalyst Program

Solutionary Rail is a comprehensive Just Transition proposal to decarbonize transportation and energy. It will run higher speed trains on renewable energy, transporting people and nontoxic freight on the rails and off the highways use railroad rights-of-way to transmit wind and solar electrons to urban centers.

Southern New Hampshire University's World University
2017 Catalyst Program

ORGANIZATION NAME: Southern New Hampshire University

LOCATION: New Hampshire, USA

Studio H
2014 Catalyst Program

SUMMARY: Studio H is an academic design/build curriculum for middle school and high school youth. Over a one-year term, students apply core subject knowledge in a design studio environment to develop, engineer, and physically construct public architecture projects for the social and economic benefit of a broad community.

SubEx: Moving Small Package Freight Through City Subways, Not Streets
2009 Semi-Finalist

LOCATION: New York City, USA

SUMMARY: Sub-Ex is a start-up. Our timing is opportune as transit officials seek sustainability options generating creative revenues for fiscally-challenged cities like New York.

Sustainable Disaster Response
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: Sustainable Disaster Response, SDR, is an integrated, sustainable disaster response and recovery system that utilizes available people and resources to implement innovative renewable energy solutions that transform tragedy into sustainable community reconstruction. SDR uses disasters time of change to maximize efforts towards building a sustainable future.

Sustainable Unit
2009 Semi-Finalist



Sustainable Urban Mobility
2009 Winner

This initiative includes the design of lightweight, highly efficient, electric vehicles, and encompasses the framework in which the technological innovations are integrated into the social and cultural environment by designing an intuitive and functional system.