Environment / Energy

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.

2014 Catalyst Program

SUMMARY: We propose a two-year demonstration biochar project, which addresses three of the major challenges facing coffee growing communities across Central America: utilizing the by-products from coffee processing, providing clean-burning, fuel efficient alternatives for cooking and developing effective organic fertilizers, which can combat disease and decreasing productivity

Second Nature
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: This proposal is to develop and manufacture small, code-compliant, adaptable, moderate-cost, biogas digester systems that can be used anywhere in the world by people of all educational and cultural backgrounds.

Sistema Biobolsa
2017 Finalist

Sistema.bio is a Mexican social enterprise founded in 2010, the enterprise provides comprehensive biodigester installations for small farmers to support energy independence, reduce pollution and support capacity-building. The technology enables small farmers to transform organic waste into methane gas and organic fertilizer, which increases their efficiency, productivity and resilience.

2016 Catalyst Program

SmartLight is a new, smart-phone controlled lighting system that incorporates a thin film of small electrofluidic prisms applied to portions of glazing that redirects sunlight on demand from a building's facade to spaces deep within with any surplus light diverted to centralized photovoltaic harvesting.

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).

2017 Semi-Finalist

SOLARKIOSK intertwines a visionary design-technology with an comprehensive, replicable business model to enable and empower Bottom of Pyramid (PoP) communities worldwide through the ecologically-responsible provision of energy services and products, thus creating a triple bottom-line impact. SOLARKIOSK's solution is the modular, solar-powered business hubb (E-HUBB), easily deployed in the most remote areas.

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.

SUV 900
2016 Catalyst Program


LOCATION: Maharashtra, India

Synergy of man and land
2011 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: Promoting health and the environment through synergy of man and land"" is the motto of Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco Foundation. It aims to improve the environment and people’s health by introducing local resources by local impoverished people, building a free clinic, and a school for the children.

Szövetség 39
2014 Catalyst Program

LOCATION: Budapest, Hungary

SUMMARY: "CALTROPe is an answer to the coastal land loss caused by sea level rise. With CALTROPe we aimed to create a holistic, socially involving, future-oriented and innovative architectural solution responding to this diverse problem. We are focusing on river deltas, one of the most threatened areas.

Tensegrity-Based Structural Systems for Ecologically-Regenerative Urban Development Along Tropical Coastlines
2009 Semi-Finalist

ORGANIZATION NAME: Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology

LOCATION: New York City, USA

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 Atlas of Biological Work
2017 Catalyst Program

ORGANIZATION NAME: Soil Carbon Coalition


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 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 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 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.