North America

2014 Catalyst Program

SUMMARY: Many low-income households burn mosquito coils to repel mosquitos, but their smokiness causes lung diseases. Takachar produces a new brand of affordable coils up to 90% cleaner, and are derived from unmanaged waste instead of deforestation. Having sold more than 1 million coils profitably, we are scaling to 40 tons/month.

Terra CO2 Technologies
2017 Catalyst Program

LOCATION: Vancouver, Canada

SUMMARY: The mission of Terra CO2 is to disrupt the status quo of mine waste treatment by de-risking long term waste storage, producing value-added products from such materials, and developing better methods to prevent and treat water contamination.

The Acceleration Of Innovation The Full Belly Project (FBP)
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: The Full Belly Project’s “Acceleration of Innovation Program” is unique in its approach. It effects change and addresses some of the problems of developing countries through its emphasis on local manufacturing and entrepreneurship.

The Alternative Edutainment University
2016 Catalyst Program

The Alternative Edutainment University (AEU) is a creative residential educational campus designed as an alternative to prison for troubled males ages 14-21. The mission of the AEU is to prepare adjudicated youth for success by fusing education with entertainment to enhance the nation's Creative Economy, starting with Arkansas's human capital.

The Atlas of Biological Work
2017 Catalyst Program

ORGANIZATION NAME: Soil Carbon Coalition


The Bamboo Institute
2009 Semi-Finalist

LOCATION: California, USA

SUMMARY: "The Bamboo Institute has developed a website as an online resource and is currently seeking resources to build and plant our first campus. The prize monies would be used to accomplish this.

The Bark House
2014 Catalyst Program

SUMMARY: The Bark House is best described as A Factory Like A Forest With Products Like Trees. This is an awarded B Corp Best For The World company. The products earned the world's first and only Cradle to Cradle PLATINUM Certification and Architectural Record Product Awards. The work is inspired, informed and infused with nature.

The Biogenous Project
2014 Catalyst Program

SUMMARY: To give individuals an option for sustainable closed-loop living, coupling existing technologies like anaerobic digestion and algae photobioreactors into a living-systems retrofit. This living-system uses microorganisms to unlock potential energy in organic waste, locally producing natural gas and fertilizers.

The Cancer Cell Map Initiative
2017 Catalyst Program

LOCATION: La Jolla, California

The Carbon Balancing Act Roadshow
2008 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: Imagine a shimmering, energy-producing caravanserai, the Carbon Balancing Act Road Show. This traveling event appears as tensile structures on trailer rigs, animated by a play of light, transforming public spaces and parking lots with the message: we live within a dynamically-balanced, interconnected system.

The Challenge of Appalachia
2008 Winner

This project sets forth a revolutionary concept for the design of an entirely new economic model for a region that has been despoiled by extractive industries. Dr. John Todd’s vision is inextricably bound to a set of highly advanced ecological design principles that he developed.

The Food Commons
2014 Finalist

The Food Commons marks a radical shift from a narrow focus on the production of food towards a whole systems approach in which the interests of farm communities, the land, watersheds and biodiversity are all considered.

The Force Majeure
2014 Finalist

The Force Majeure, a bold, large-scale vision of the world-renowned artists Helen and Newton Harrison, proposes to “reduce the entropy of planetary ecosystems in the face of human-induced climate change”. Their proposal is distinguished by its scale, holistic framework, and collaboration between artists and scientists.

The Forest School
2015 Semi-Finalist

The Forest School is an outgrowth of Casa Pueblo, a grassroots citizens’ movement that emerged 35 years ago in Puerto Rico to prevent open-pit mining in the island’s central mountain region. After 15 years of struggle Casa Pueblo succeeded in preventing what would have been irreversible damage to the core of the island’s ecological health and a cascade of destructive socio-economic effects, and helped create Puerto Rico’s first state forest, protecting watersheds and 19 separate landholdings linked by biological corridors, which became Puerto Rico’s National Model Forest, an inspiring model for the global community.

The GCH4
2009 Semi-Finalist

LOCATION: New York City, USA

SUMMARY: The GCH4 is a toilet with a waterless, mechanical system for packaging and transport. It creates an urban infrastructure in which human waste becomes energy and fertilizer.

The Global Futures Intelligence System
2015 Catalyst Program

A new collective intelligence system for humanity to think together about the future in a holistic, synergistic, systematic, organized on-line platform, that helps manage the knowledge explosion and allows feedback on strategies, priorities, insights, methods, and research on 15 global challenges, focusing on the signals not trivia and info overload.

The Good Food Institute
2017 Catalyst Program

LOCATION: Washington D.C., USA

SUMMARY: The Good Food Institute (GFI) is creating a healthy, humane, and sustainable food supply. We address the harms of industrial animal agriculture by harnessing technology and market-based solutions to make alternatives to conventional animal products as delicious, price-competitive, and convenient as possible.

The Green Chemistry Commitment
2013 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: The Green Chemistry Commitment, an initiative to get university chemistry departments to commit to integrating Green Chemistry into their academic curricula and transform how chemistry is taught and practiced in order to eliminate the numerous devastating neurotoxic and carcinogenic chemicals that characterize modern life and damage the global ecosystem, replacing them

The Green Island Project
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: Green Island Project is an isolated (or isolatable) municipality that meets some or all of its energy needs from local renewable sources. A post-industrial energy ecosystem that creates local jobs while reducing fossil fuel dependence, an opportunity to innovate next-generation sustainable infrastructures outside of the restrictions of legacy industrial models.

The Interra Project
2008 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: Interra is a new economic infrastructure, piggybacking on the credit card interchange, for comprehensively facilitating such alignment of aspirations with economic activity. It creates an ecosystem and virtuous circle among conscious consumers, the businesses and products that reflect their values, and the causes they want to support.