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Past Winners in the category Environment

2017 - Environment - Category Winner


CarbonCure concrete production - The technology enables concrete to permanently capture carbon dioxide (CO2), while enhancing concrete’s strength and value, upcycling waste CO2 sourced from final emitters such as refineries or fertilizer plants.

Category Finalists: Carbon Capture Membrane-Nano sponge, De-coating by No-Coats, Glatt Stove, HomeBiogas, Illinois River Project, KTK-BELT, O'right, , Project subCULTron, Seawater Greenhouse

2016 - Environment - Category Winner


Holganix, “Organic lawn care,” sells environmentally-friendly lawn care products that contain natural microorganisms. Their products reduce the use of fertilizers as much as 90%. Holganix's management team successfully grew two multi-million dollar lawn care companies in the past, now focusing on growing another with a “greater, greener goal.” Holganix pledged to eliminate 100,000,000 pounds of nitrates, 100,000,000 pounds of phosphates and 25,000,000 ounces of concentrated pesticides by Earth Day 2016.
2014 - Environment - Category Winner

Biomatrix--Biometrix 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.
2013 - Environment - Category Winner

Bycatch--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.
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.
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.



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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Angela Wagener

Angela WagenerProfessor Emeritus

Angela Wagener is Professor Emeritus at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro ( PUC-Rio).
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Arthur Lyon Dahl

Arthur Lyon DahlPresident, International Environment Forum

Dr. Arthur Lyon Dahl, President of the International Environment Forum, has 50 years' experience on sustainability, international environmental governance, coral reef ecology and small islands.
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Dan Coviello

Dan CovielloDirector of Operations, Quorum Analytics

Dan Coviello is currently the Chair of the United Nations Department of Public Information Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Youth Representative Program which serves over 300 youth representatives and worldwide.
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