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PAST WINNERS IN THE CATEGORY BEHAVIORAL CHANGE

2017 - Environment - Category Winner

CarbonCure concrete production

The production of cement and concrete contributes to roughly 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. In response, Halifax-based CarbonCure Technologies has developed a universal retrofit equipment component that recycles carbon dioxide into concrete to make greener and stronger concrete. CarbonCure’s technology enables concrete – the world’s most abundant man-made material – to permanently capture carbon dioxide (CO2), while enhancing concrete’s strength and value. CarbonCure’s CO2-utilization technology upcycles waste CO2 sourced from final emitters such as refineries or fertilizer plants, and is injected into concrete to achieve material, environmental and economic advantages. CO2 is introduced during concrete mixing, and reacts with lime present in the concrete to form a solid nano-particle, calcium carbonate. The result is that CO2 is permanently embedded within concrete, thereby becoming “sequestered” as a nano mineral carbonate. CarbonCure’s technology provides a win-win solution by recycling waste CO2 to improve concrete quality, lower its water demand and carbon footprint, and increase concrete’s strength. CarbonCure's technology reduces GHGs by: 1) directly sequestering waste CO2 into concrete, and 2) reducing cement content for additional avoided GHG and water savings. Concrete made with CarbonCure’s technology has been installed in hundreds of high-profile construction projects, including the Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery at the University of California, the MGM National Harbor in Washington, DC, and York University’s Bergeron Centre. CarbonCure’s bolt-on technology is currently installed in 36 concrete plants across Canada and the US, and is poised to scale globally.
2018 - Environment - Category Winner

Afforest for Future

Afforest for Future has a patent pending on its unique mthodology for desert greening and on its Artificial Inteligence alghorithams. Our unique ecosystem restoration approach was developed during my doctoral research at TU Vienna. It is a system powered by an artificial intelligence, data analytics platform, that can identify desert areas which can be greened within 2 yr.
2019 - Environment - Category Winner

CO2 Evolution®

2011 - Environment - Category Winner

UV Waterworks

Clean drinking water is a basic human need. Using filters and sunlight, this solution provides clean drinking water, employment, and economic opportunity for rural developing communities. Using off-the-shelf filtration and UV-light disinfection, UV Waterworks provides clean drinking water for more than 5 million people in parts of Africa and Asia. The system can provide a decade of healthy drinking water at less than $10 per person, and exceed WHO standards for quality. The solution is a modular system comprising a range of filtration, osmosis, and UV filtration technologies. The system is maintained locally, and monitored in real-time for quality control by UV Waterworks.
2012 - Environment - Category Winner

Reef Check

This Los Angeles-based network of 30,000 volunteers in more than 90 countries monitors the health of coral reefs. Volunteers collect scientific data and turn it over to government agencies. The group also runs a diver education and certification program for children and adults.
2013 - Environment - Category Winner

Consortium for Wildlife Bycatch Reduction

Based at the New England Aquarium in Boston, this group brings together fishermen, engineers and wildlife biologists who are working on ways to cut the number of endangered marine animals like whales that get caught up in the nets of commercial fishermen.
2014 - Environment - Category Winner

Biomatrix Water Active Ecosystems

This solution creates small floating islands that mimic nature to tackle pollution, algae, and sewage contamination, resulting in revitalized waterways. Biomatrix Water Active Ecosystems have been developed to provide a concentrated natural solution to improve water quality. The designs harness the power of nature to provide a long-term sustainable water quality management solution, which uses no chemicals and gets better with time as the system grows. This technology combines the latest developments in ecological engineering with new biofilm research and traditional wastewater treatment processes. Whole-system engineered ecologies provide an energy efficient, low life cycle cost treatment solution. Ultimately, the solution naturally improves water quality, increases animal habitat, and provides protection to riverbank infrastructure.

ENVIRONMENT

ENVIRONMENT

Conservation is humanity caring for the future.

Nancy Newhall, Critic

Space is one very finite resource our planet has to offer. Efforts must be made to create sustainable systems by which important environments are replaced at the same rate or faster than they are used. This category covers programs to protect and regenerate forests, oceans, our atmosphere, and other limited environments as well as initiatives to create sustainable land use processes.


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Ajith ChandranAdvisory Board Member, Phyto Specialities Pvt. Ltd

Over the past 20 years he has worked with NGOs, academic institutions and international funding agencies on community based sustainable management of resources especially related to forests. For example, he has worked with state and national governments in India for improving the institutional and...
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Alexandra WandelDirector and Vice-Chair of the Board, The World Future Council

Previously, she was the European trade and sustainability programme co-ordinator of Friends of the Earth International, in Brussels. Between 1999 and 2006, she co-ordinated European NGO activities including at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conferences. She was an advisor to the...
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Andrea ZehetnerFounder, Zehetner Patent Attorneys

She worked as in-house patent counsel in the agricultural and pharmaceutical industry before she founded her own patent law firm in Aachen, Germany. She regularly lectures on patent strategy in the field of technology and innovation management at universities, entrepreneurship centers, and start-up...
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Arthur Lyon DahlPresident, International Environment Forum

A retired Deputy Assistant Executive Director of UNEP, he lived and worked many years in Africa and the Pacific Islands, and consults on sustainability indicators and assessment with the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, and UNEP. His recent work includes implementation of the Sustainable...
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Cheikh MbowAssociate Professor, University of Cheikh Anta Diop

Ph.D. (d’Etat), (2009). Cheikh Anta Diop University and University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Carbon stocks dynamics of tropical savannas. He holds a Ph.D. (3e Cycle) (2000) from the Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal, Remote sensing and environmental science. And an M.S. (1995) from...
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Dan CovielloDirector of Operations, Quorum Analytics

He represents Tarumitra, a youth-led ECOSOC affiliated NGO that focuses on energy and forest conservation in India. Within this role, he has advocated for and helped create more opportunities for youth empowerment in sustainable development initiatives. As a student at Lehigh University, Dan has...
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David MilsteinManaging Director - Japan, Fidelity Growth Partners

Early in his career, David worked for Asahi Glass and then was a founder of Japan Transaction Partners. He then joined the Walt Disney Company Japan where as VP of the Interactive Media Group, he was responsible for building and launching the Disney Mobile MVNO service. This business drove the...
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