SUMMARY: Plant Chicago discovers new ways to integrate sustainable urban agriculture and manufacturing in disused industrial structures. We close energy and waste loops in the built environment by directing the waste output of one process into the material or energy input of another through research, development and training of community members.
Materials / Technology
SUMMARY: Polydome is a greenhouse design paradigm that uses a symbiotic ecosystem of plants, animals, and fungi to maximize food output and eliminate environmental impact. A realistic and investible answer to the world's need for sustainable food production, Polydome generates high yields, links biophysical and social flows, and creates meaningful jobs.
POWERleap has developed a means to generate 100% renewable energy with nothing more than human footsteps. Our solution is a flooring system that uses piezoelectric technology to convert kinetic energy from people into electricity. Current tests show that 1 kwh of energy can be generated from a 50 m2 area.
PREPHubs are a new kind of urban infrastructure designed to increase natural disaster resilience. Technologically innovative off-grid units are strategically placed to activate public spaces, while encouraging neighborhoods to build preparedness into their lives. Should a disaster occur, they become nodes to access information, resources and connect with loved ones.
Procesos Proambientales Xaxquixe (PPX) has created a methodology for micro-industrial sustainability by implementing alternative energy technologies adapted to materials from local waste streams. This system fosters a trans-disciplinary network of small enterprises, or Ecoclusters, composed of trained local specialists who share knowledge and resources to enrich communities and economies.
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.
SUMMARY: To implement a low cost effective way to turn plastic pollution into a leading- edge solution by utilizing the plastic waste and compressing it into blocks which can be used for sustainable building construction. Plastic waste is collected, cleaned, recycled and then compressed into blocks to be used as building.
Architecture and the construction process are a major contribution to our global environmental pollution. Our initiative promotes an ecological alternative of growing our cities. All elements are locally harvested and produced in one local ecosystem, with the least amount of impact on the environment or on the materials itself.
SCRAP LAB is a mission, aiming at using scientific discoveries, art and design to combat wastes creatively and collectively. 9-steps upcycling-process was developed and applied to manufacturers, communities and building-contractors throughout Thailand to upcycle wastes into new products and supports them with Upcycle-certification-scheme (world's first) to verify their reduced carbon-emissions.
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.
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.
ORGANIZATION NAME: Atom Solar
LOCATION: Maharashtra, India
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
SUMMARY: The Green Initiative is a social venture to increase the self-sufficiency of NGOs in the developing world through clean, affordable, reliable, and sustainable fuels.
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.
Physical spaces are static and not optimized to their context. Our initiative is a transformable, transportable envelope able to adjust to constantly changing users' needs. Offering an optimized design to environmental conditions it generates a self-sustainable system. Thus, it constitutes a dynamic sheltering solution to evolving heterotopic spaces, like refugee-camps.