South America

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.

SOIL
2013 Semi-Finalist

SOIL, a non-profit based in Haiti, provides locally-built dry toilets complete with a system for collecting, hauling and composting solid human waste and turning it into valuable fertilizer, reducing risks to human health from exposure to raw sewage while generating local employment and improving agricultural productivity by enhancing the soil fertility of degraded farmland.

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 Loowatt System
2013 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: The Loowatt System, a self-contained human waste collection and processing system that, rather than being faced with the typical costs of centralized sewage treatment systems, creatively converts human waste into energy and fertilizer, improving local health conditions, while providing economic opportunity.

The MicroConsignment Model
2011 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: Our MicroConsignment Model (MCM) creates first-time access to technologies that transform lives in isolated villages while creating jobs for local women who never had them before. These women become empathetic entrepreneurs in a value chain that is able to diagnose, identify, deliver and evaluate essential solutions for the “last mile.”

The Portable Light Project
2012 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: Portable Light provides adaptable solar textile kits that enable the world’s poorest people to sew and weave bags, clothing and blankets that harvest energy. Portable Light strengthens local craft cultures to create diverse energy-producing communities with access to mobile networks that are transforming global health care, education and businesses.

Urbinsight: The EcoCitizen World Map Project
2015 Catalyst Program

The Urbinsight project connects communities with web-based mapping tools designed to explore and measure holistic urban health from a citizens' perspective. Based on a bottom-up approach to documenting environmental conditions at the neighborhood scale, the project provides tools, training, and knowledge for creating more sustainable, resilient urban environments.

Villa Corintios
2017 Semi-Finalist

Solve the problem of low-income people's settlements in mega- and developing cities. Create urban designs and sustainable housing that can be used as regional and global plans to meet socio-economical, environmental, material needs, as well as integrated waste management, water and energy supply requirements. They'll offer safety against natural disasters.

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