Archive 2007-2017

2016 Finalist

CommuniTree is a simple but practical, well-executed approach to tackling three interlinked problems: deforestation, climate change, and poverty. The project ingenuously connects the dots around CO2 reduction and the generation of sustainable, local economies.

Community Architects Network
2015 Finalist

The Community Architects Network (CAN) operates by their motto: “Let the people be the solution,” seeking to empower people throughout Asia to become the designers of their own development.

Concern America
2016 Semi-Finalist

Concern America is an international development and refugee aid organization that works with economically impoverished communities around the world to develop long-term solutions to poverty.

Cooperación Comunitaria
2016 Finalist

Cooperación Comunitaria has envisioned and is implementing a comprehensive model to radically improve these marginalized populations' living conditions by working with communities to rebuild their homes.

2013 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: Cooperafloresta, using both rediscovered traditional ecological knowledge and modern agricultural science, Cooperafloresta is accelerating the natural succession of flora and fauna in agriculturally degraded areas of Brazil, going further than 'organic agriculture' and Biodynamics by using agroforestry techniques to bring major environmental and socio-economic benefits

Coral Vita
2017 Catalyst Program

Coral Vita farms corals to restore dying reefs. We grow corals up to 50x faster while strengthening their resilience against climate change. By revitalizing biodiversity, boosting fisheries, sheltering shorelines, and strengthening local economies, we can help preserve coral reefs and the valuable benefits the provide for over 1B people globally.

Cycle for Health
2009 Honorable Mention

Cycle for Health is a “pedal powered catalyst that, when placed into a failing rural East African transport system, mobilizes medical resources, personnel and patients.”

2009 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: The Carbon Net Software is an analytical tool that visualizes the carbon emissions with existing GIS data.

Disease Intervention Patterns
2016 Catalyst Program


LOCATION: based in Australia; implementation in Kenya and sub-Saharan Africa

Dreaming New Mexico
2009 Runner-Up

Dreaming New Mexico is a bold, visionary and tangible methodology and tool kit for bioregional restoration applicable locally and globalocally. It addresses the systemic nature of restoration of natural and human systems, including governance and the restoration economy.

2014 Catalyst Program

SUMMARY: Drinkwell blends novel water filtration technology that disrupts current best practice reverse osmosis with a micro-franchise business model to transform existing arsenic and/or fluoride-affected tubewells into clean water systems that generate jobs, clean water, and improve health outcomes across the developing world.

Drylands Resilience Initiative and Hazel
2015 Finalist

The Drylands Resilience initiative has produced HAZEL, a powerful digital modeling tool that supports coordinated, scenario-based whole systems thinking and decision-making for water-smart urban design.

Earth Awards
2008 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: I propose to build and launch such a system which I devised and filed patent for several years ago -- a computer aided design (CAD) system for the collective design and funding of the highest ROI mechanisms for directing human effort and attention known: prizes, contests, and mass incentives.

ECAR Project
2014 Catalyst Program

SUMMARY: Our interdisciplinary team has developed a low cost, robust, and reliable arsenic removal technology, Electro-Chemical Arsenic Remediation (ECAR), to sustainably provide affordable, environmentally friendly arsenic-safe drinking water to arsenic-affected communities.

Échale A Tu Casa
2013 Runner-Up

For over 25 years Francesco Piazzesi and his team have developed a truly comprehensive, elegantly integrated model combining community empowerment, local technical capacity building, a novel financing system, and cutting-edge but culturally appropriate “green” building techniques.

2010 Finalist

The Eco-Boulevard concept transforms existing roadways, sidewalks and parks (the “public-way”), which comprise more than a third of the land in a city such as Chicago into a holistic, distributed, passive bio-system for recycling Chicago’s water.

Eco-Fuel Africa
2012 Honorable Mention

Imagine a world where Africans no longer have to cut down trees for fuel, where farmers have access to free organic fertilizers and where young girls no longer have to drop out of school! We’re making that world possible by making clean cooking energy and organic fertilizers from agricultural waste.

2015 Catalyst Program

As the German word for tax is "Steuer," meaning "to steer," we develop a tax system for any land area, organized in watersheds, that "steers" the taxed away from depletion of resources, including soil and water, towards revitalization. Today's huge amounts of civil-satellite data, with many spectral readings, are mobilized.

Ecocity Mapping for Urban Villages
2009 Semi-Finalist


LOCATION: Oakland, California, USA

Economics for the Anthropocene
2016 Catalyst Program

SUMMARY: The Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A) project seeks to displace the growth-insistent macro-economic framework which is destabilizing the Earth's life support system(s).