Archive 2007-2017

Operation Hope
2010 Winner

Operation Hope demonstrates how to reverse desertification of the world’s savannas and grasslands, thereby contributing enormously to mitigating climate change, biomass burning, drought, flood, drying of rivers and underground waters, disappearing wildlife, massive poverty and social breakdown.

Operation Paydirt / Fundred Dollar Bill Project
2009 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: This is an art/science project in two parts. New Orleans, one of the most lead polluted cities in the U.S., has 86,000 properties with dangerously high levels of lead in the soil, placing thousands of children at risk for severe learning disabilities and behavioral problems, including violent crime.

Organic Transit
2017 Catalyst Program

SUMMARY: Wherever our products are used, the people, the community, and the planet are cleaner and healthier. A solar/pedal hybrid, the ELF is the most efficient vehicle on the planet, achieving the equivalent of 1800 mpg. Fully enclosed, the 2 passenger ELF provides weather protection, safety, and a 550lb payload.

2015 Catalyst Program

Organograph is a proposed kinetic public sculpture, which illustrates in a simple manner the mechanisms of climate change. Organograph responds to the critical need for communities around the world to understand the significance of individual action as an important contribution to the solution of this global problem.

2015 Catalyst Program

YLTW is spinning an interconnected global web of change-makers, tackling wicked challenges together, through deep-listening, VIBRANT-GOALS, social-innovation and community-driven-change. YLTW empowers-repowers youth and communities to create deep-change-fast. By training local people, YLTW has scaled ten-fold, minimised costs and carbon footprint. Real-time-live-online facilitator training makes YLTW accessible even to remote communities.

Pacific Bamboo Resources
2009 Semi-Finalist

LOCATION: Seattle, Washington, USA

Para la Naturaleza
2017 Catalyst Program

ORGANIZATION NAME: Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico

LOCATION: Puerto Rico

Participatory Budgeting in the Congo Basin
2011 Runner-Up

This project empowers local forest communities to use cutting edge technologies to map their lands and resources and use this evidence as advocacy and negotiation tools for more secure land tenure.

2017 Catalyst Program

SUMMARY: Perceptoscope is an interactive public arts initiative devoted to engaging people with the places around them through shared mixed reality experiences. It's an open-source movement for bridging the digital and physical worlds, as well an act of social practice that brings together a diverse coalition of neighbors, artists, and storytellers.

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.

Plant Chicago
2011 Semi-Finalist

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.

Plastic Island
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: The goal of the Plastic Island Project is to use the existing Great Pacific Garbage Patch that was discovered twelve years ago by Charles Moore, to develop a self-sustaining island inhabited by around 800 people that will collect and recycle the tons of plastic floating around our oceans.

2012 Semi-Finalist

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.

2011 Catalyst Program

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.

Preparing Local Communities for Climate Change
2012 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: WWF works with select US cities to prepare for the impacts of climatechange, assess their vulnerability and implement solutions. We will help community leaders effectively communicate with and engage the public throughout the process. What is learned will be used to scale up engagement with communities around the US.

2017 Catalyst Program

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 Xaquixe
2017 Semi-Finalist

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.

Project Drawdown
2015 Semi-Finalist

LOCATION: Sausalito, California, USA

Propagate Ventures
2017 Catalyst Program

Propagate's mission is to grow agroforestry as a cornerstone of agriculture. We link market actors with farmers and land managers, and serve as a platform for increasing the supply and demand of permanent-crops. Our model is market-driven by the pull of consumer demand, collective pre-purchasing and early stage investment.

Public Laboratory for Open Science and Technology
2013 Honorable Mention

Inspired by the disinformation surrounding the 2010 BP oil disaster, Public Lab emerged to help Gulf communities undertake grassroots mapping efforts, using balloons and digital cameras to self-map over 100 miles of coastline.