Curated Archive 2016

Good Land Project
2016 Catalyst Program

The GoodLand Project seeks to increase the Catholic Church's understanding and ecological planning of its landholdings using geographic technologies and community involvement to demonstrate how these lands can be a means for positive global environmental and social change.The Church potentially controls the largest nongovernmental network of landholdings in the world.

Hamwells e-Shower
2016 Catalyst Program

The Hamwells e-Shower offers Refresh Cycles that filter, purify and use a water drop 7 times. Users enjoy high pressure, high volume showers whilst saving up to 90% on water and energy.

Illinois River Project
2016 Catalyst Program

We are creating a system that reroutes four economies to benefit each: we will employ individuals who have been discriminated from gainful employment due to his or her criminal background to catch invasive fish that will be composted and later used to remediate soil of lead poisoning in impoverished communities.

International Bridges to Justice
2016 Semi-Finalist

International Bridges to Justice (IBJ), founded by attorney Karen Tse 17 years ago, is a unique organization working to bolster fair, professional criminal justice systems around the world. IBJ seeks to end the torture and abuse of detainees by training attorneys and legal officials in legal best practices, and by creating a global legal community.

Jaya Organica Yojana
2016 Catalyst Program

MISSION: Rejuvenate land, Sequester carbon, Water retention, Generate Rural Income, Mitigate Migration. At Scale. Our innovation is what we call "in-situ" education, EDP in Vermi Compost - where we send university educated Agri diploma holders home to farmers who have not had any formal schooling and may not read and write."

Jellyfish Barge
2016 Catalyst Program

Jellyfish Barge (JFB) is the floating modular greenhouse for Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture that generates its own fresh water and energy, using only solar power. It is an affordable, transportable and replicable solution to grow food in or near the cities without impacting on existing resources.

Land Art Generator
2016 Catalyst Program

The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) is advancing the pace of sustainable city planning by integrating social practice art and interdisciplinary design into utility-scale renewable energy installations that are culturally relevant and visually inspiring -- providing power to thousands of homes, while pointing the way to a beautiful clean energy future.

Lava Mae
2016 Catalyst Program

LOCATION: San Francisco, California

SUMMARY: BFI staff found Lava Mae to be a creative, highly replicable approach to solving a discreet and serious issue—potentially a trim tab solution for the homeless population.

Living Architecture Systems Group
2016 Catalyst Program

Can architecture integrate living functions? The Living Architecture Systems Group (LASG) is integrating living and near-living technologies into our built environment, transforming the future of buildings and cities. LASG is developing environments that can move, respond and learn; that grow themselves and that are adaptive and empathic toward their inhabitants.

Malaria Free Zone Project
2016 Catalyst Program

The Malaria Free Zone Project is run by the organization AIDSfreeAfrica. Using expired bed nets, they construct window and door screens and fit these as mechanical barriers into homes and hospitals. These so called malaria free zones (MFZ) cover the entire house, not just the bed.

Mechanical Moon, Inc.
2016 Catalyst Program

Our objective is to provide fresh, flavorful, nutritious produce in all venues and environments, especially urban areas, at reasonable cost. GrowCubes - a new, highly-scalable indoor farming system - is the solution. With numerous benefits, unused industrial, commercial, and retail facilities in populated areas can be adapted for this purpose.

Multi-family Social Housing
2016 Catalyst Program

Objective: to develop an alternative solution to social housing here in Colombia while fostering a greener (more vegetarian and less mineral) construction industry. We aim to integrate more the agriculture industry (especially bamboo and engineered bamboo products) in the construction industry, while simultaneously promoting higher standards for social housing design.

Nursery Fields Forever
2016 Catalyst Program

Our project proposes an unconventional educational approach, together with the innovative space where it can be performed. It's a real hybrid between a farm and a nursery school where the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of children is encouraged by the constant interaction with animals and plants.

One Dollar Glasses
2016 Catalyst Program

LOCATION: Active in Burkina Faso, Malawi, Benin, and Bolivia, with system being set up in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Brazil, and Mexico

Open Agriculture Initiative
2016 Semi-Finalist

The MIT Open Agrictulture Initiative develops open-source "controlled environment agriculture" (CEA) technologies to experiment and innovate in seeking alternatives to the unsustainable and destructive practices of industrial agriculture, and to make highly localized food production more viable.

Perpetual Constellation
2016 Catalyst Program

We all die. Given increasing urban populations, rapidly depleting city cemetery space, and the acute environmental toll of casketed burial and cremation, DeathLAB is re-conceiving the infrastructure of urban mortuary practices. Our "Perpetual Constellation" projects advance social, spatial and environmental potential through elegant, ecologically positive funerary and disposition practices.

Reinventing the Law
2016 Catalyst Program

Self-organized social collaboration commoning-- is unleashing enormous participatory creativity in eco-friendly resource management around the world, but these solutions are often stymied by conventional law. This initiative will build upon diverse hacks on the law and catalyze a new field of legal inquiry and activism, Law for the Commons.

Rising Canes Bamboo City
2016 Catalyst Program

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.

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.

SCRAP LAB
2016 Catalyst Program

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.

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