The continued growth of the global human population demands changes to infrastructure and living spaces. As well, food, energy, communications, water, and other resource delivery systems need to be upgraded and streamlined. This category covers the creation of energy efficient and sustainable remakes of the current systems in place to house and support people.
This is how we at Katerva introduce our Smart Cities Awards Category.
“Entire societies develop for the better when women are enabled to be fully contributing community members. Strides in gender equality lead to strides against all forms of discrimination. This category covers programming and initiatives designed to improve the overall state of women, provide them with more opportunities, and defend their right to equal treatment alongside men.”
This is how Katerva introduces its Gender Equality category - and Gender equality and women's empowerment is of course also the UN 5th Sustainable Development Goal (you can check out the current status on how we are doing against it here).
“The global energy equation is one quite damaging to the atmosphere and environment. Carbon emissions are perhaps the largest problem to result from current energy systems. This category covers new technologies and innovations in energy production, storage, and delivery. It also includes technologies and initiatives focused on cleaning up current power systems.”
This is how we at Katerva set out the stall for our Energy & Power category.
The flow of electric currents is what underlies the functioning of everything. Be it the human body, plants - or the economy.
“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.” This is how we at Katerva set out the stall for our Environment category.
Moving towards sustainability is becoming more critical every day. Many see technology as our savior. There is certainly some truth in that, yet on its own it will never be enough. To quote from an article published on re-think, “Practitioners and scientists are starting to realize that we need to get better at turning behavioral science insights into real change for sustainability.” In another article the authors argue that “If environmental crisis is caused by people, then people are the solution. How can we trigger change? Insights from behavioral science provide clues.” This is of course also why 'Behavioral Change' is one of Katerva's 10 awards categories.