Water / Sanitation

2011 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: Sanergy builds healthy, prosperous communities by making safe sanitation, accessible and affordable for everyone, forever - starting with the urban slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

Sanitation and Health Rights India
2017 Semi-Finalist

Sanitation and Health Rights in India (SHRI) fights alongside rural communities in India to end open defecation, a key step in the struggle for health equity, and social and economic justice.

Sanitation Social Enterprise
2016 Catalyst Program

LOCATION: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

SUMMARY: This project wasevaluated as a highly impactful, integrated model amongst other sanitation solutions. Sanitation Social Enterprise is simultaneously: improving sanitation in Dar es Salaam; recycling human waste into fertilizer; creating job opportunities; and educating the public.

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.

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.

SPOUTS of Water
2016 Catalyst Program

LOCATION: Uganda, with potential to replicate in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo

Synchronicity 2: Public Water Purification Island
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: The island is a floating platform with nine outdoor fitness machines pumping polluted Vistula water through four filters to a basin placed in the center of the island giving drinkable water. The platform will be floating on Vistula river in the center of Warsaw.

TBS River Regeneration
2013 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: TBS River Regeneration works to restore river systems and local rural economies in India by drawing from ancient water wisdom, empowering local communities to build small traditional rainwater harvesting structures (johads) as well as by developing local and national awareness and education programs.

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 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 Open Water Project
2014 Catalyst Program

SUMMARY: Water quality is a pressing global issue that is implicated in nearly every human system on our planet. The Open Water project aims to develop and curate a set of low-cost, open-source tools that will enable communities everywhere to collect, interpret, and share their water quality data.

The Right to Water
2014 Catalyst Program

SUMMARY: The Blue Planet Project and its founder, Maude Barlow, were instrumental in securing UN recognition of the human right to water and sanitation. We are working with groups around the world to implement this right so that water is safe, affordable, and accessible to everyone, including poor and marginalized communities.

Toilets and Taps
2017 Semi-Finalist

An integrated sustainable green solution to provide safe drinking water and sanitation to the rural and urban poor, using technology, backed by capacity building.

Towards Water Sustainability
2015 Catalyst Program

We will develop a collaborative modeling and visualization protocol to effectively address water sustainability. We balance precision and comprehension, integrating coupled human-hydrological systems science into practical planning deliberative processes, to help citizens, planners, and scientists jointly make sense of complex water problems and harness their collective creativity to innovate solutions.

2016 Catalyst Program

VENA is the first large-scale atmospheric water generator that is entirely powered with passive energy. Using the sun's heat as a power source and the ground as a condenser VENA generates water in locations that have limited or polluted natural sources.

Warka Water
2015 Semi-Finalist

Warka Water (WW) it is a tower designed for social and educational activities with also the function to provide potable water to rural communities facing challenges in accessing this fundamental resource for life. WW provides clean water from the atmosphere under specific meteorological and geographical conditions.

Waste Not, Want Not
2014 Catalyst Program

SUMMARY: We are developing practical methods to recover nutrients from human wastes and recycle them safely to agricultural and natural ecosystems.

Our strategy is to close the broken ecological loop of food production, consumption and elimination — to reduce water pollution, conserve drinking water resources, and facilitate sustainable food production.

Water Retention Landscape of Tamera
2012 Honorable Mention

The Water Retention Landscape is a model for natural decentralized water management, restoration of damaged ecosystems and disaster prevention. It is a basis for reforestation, agriculture and aquaculture, especially in regions threatened by desertification.

Waterbank Schools
2016 Finalist

PITCHAfrica identifies the need for water as a critical global problem, and transforms community dynamics by offering an elegantly simple solution. In a nested way, this design intervention is at once a social, educational, medical, environmental, and economic intervention.

2009 Semi-Finalist