Archive 2007-2017

SPOUTS of Water
2016 Catalyst Program

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

Studio H
2014 Catalyst Program

SUMMARY: Studio H is an academic design/build curriculum for middle school and high school youth. Over a one-year term, students apply core subject knowledge in a design studio environment to develop, engineer, and physically construct public architecture projects for the social and economic benefit of a broad community.

SubEx: Moving Small Package Freight Through City Subways, Not Streets
2009 Semi-Finalist

LOCATION: New York City, USA

SUMMARY: Sub-Ex is a start-up. Our timing is opportune as transit officials seek sustainability options generating creative revenues for fiscally-challenged cities like New York.

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.

Sustainable Health Enterprises
2016 Semi-Finalist

SHE, founded by Elizabeth Scharpf, is a successful enterprise currently based in Rwanda and planning to expand into other African nations and beyond. SHE has designed a comprehensive strategy to locally produce eco-friendly pads made from agricultural residue (discarded banana fiber) using no chemicals and very little water.

Sustainable Unit
2009 Semi-Finalist



Sustainable Urban Mobility
2009 Winner

This initiative includes the design of lightweight, highly efficient, electric vehicles, and encompasses the framework in which the technological innovations are integrated into the social and cultural environment by designing an intuitive and functional system.

SUV 900
2016 Catalyst Program


LOCATION: Maharashtra, India

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.

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.

2014 Catalyst Program

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.

TARA Akshar+
2011 Honorable Mention

In the four years since the development of TARA Akshar+ it has trained more than 57,000 women to read, write and make simple calculations across 7 of the most illiterate states in India. A remarkable feature of this program is its extraordinary pass rate: more than 95%.

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.

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 Acceleration Of Innovation The Full Belly Project (FBP)
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: The Full Belly Project’s “Acceleration of Innovation Program” is unique in its approach. It effects change and addresses some of the problems of developing countries through its emphasis on local manufacturing and entrepreneurship.

The African Design Center
2016 Semi-Finalist

The ADC will be an apprenticeship-based institute that will invest in the development of Africa's most creative minds, operate as a hub for innovation and collaboration, and lead African growth through high-impact and human-centered design.

The Alternative Edutainment University
2016 Catalyst Program

The Alternative Edutainment University (AEU) is a creative residential educational campus designed as an alternative to prison for troubled males ages 14-21. The mission of the AEU is to prepare adjudicated youth for success by fusing education with entertainment to enhance the nation's Creative Economy, starting with Arkansas's human capital.

The Atlas of Biological Work
2017 Catalyst Program

ORGANIZATION NAME: Soil Carbon Coalition