Katerva picks the top of the top social entrepreneur and NGO projects for 2011. The grand prize winner will be courted by top business and marketing advisers to help its impact reach the stratosphere.
In an ambitious effort to screen the best of the best sustainability projects that can radically change our world, quickly, our friends at Katerva have announced its competing finalists, a list of 8. “We are pleased to confirm the Katerva Award Category Winners have been identified following rigorous review by our expert panelists,” announces the organization set up to radically change the deteriorating course of planet earth: ” These winners were chosen from a field of very strong candidates after undergoing a year-long nomination and review process involving roughly 500 experts, researchers, business and thought leaders across 50 countries.
A number of the 8 have been featured on Green Prophet as vehicles for change in the Middle East. Who are Katerva’s Top 8? Read on.
350.org (read our interview with founder Bill McKibben) is creating a global movement to stop the climate crisis through online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions that are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organizers in over 188 countries.
The China Study is the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted. This exhaustive presentation of the findings from the China Study conclusively demonstrates the link between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Worldofgood.com: EBay’s WorldofGood.com is the world’s largest multi-seller marketplace for socially and environmentally responsible shopping, which features thousands of products from around the world and combines trust and transparency with the online shopping experience.
Materials and Resources:
Sanergy, which was founded by MIT alumni, provides low-cost, sustainable, franchised sanitation centers throughout Kenya to address one of the biggest problems in developing economies today—poor and inefficient access to clean and safe sanitation.
The Solarclave is a low-cost, solar-powered device used to safely and reliably sterilize surgical instruments in developing country clinics that lack the necessary infrastructure and tools to perform much-needed surgical procedures.
Energy and Power:
Barefoot Power: More than $10 billion is spent each year on kerosene for lighting the homes of the poor in developing countries. Barefoot Power helps poor families stop spending their scarce cash by providing a safer and cheaper option. Read our interview with a woman in Jordan who has brought solar power to her village.
Nissan Leaf: The Nissan LEAF is zero-emission, all-electric vehicle with an ambitious mission. The LEAF acronym promises a vehicle that is a leading, environmentally-friendly, affordable, family car. Read about the Nissan Leaf in the Middle East.
Freshkills Park: A former marshland and landfill, New York City’s Freshkills Park (FKP) is being transformed into a productive and beautiful landscape, exemplifying the ability to restore our natural environment. Read our coverage on Freshkills. The story links to an interview with the design duo based in the United Arab Emirates.
The grand prize winner of the Katerva Awards will be announced at a press event in the Lincoln Center of New York City on December 7, 2011.