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.
Feeding 9 Billion People will challenge us to embrace agricultural practices that can produce enough food without creating too much harm for the planet. The challenges associated with producing a high enough quantity of quality food is outlined in the second Sustainable Development Goal put forth by the United Nations: Zero Hunger.
THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER OF THE 2018 KATERVA AWARDS HAS BEEN CHOSEN! WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT MEMBERS OF OUR AWARDS COUNCIL HAVE IDENTIFIED PROTIX, OUR FOOD CATEGORY WINNER, AS OUR 2018 GRAND PRIZE WINNER.
Protix uses insects to develop sustainable products to be integrated into the food system. Their products include an insect based pet food, as well as products used in animal agriculture such as fish and chicken feed. This allows for a more sustainable source of protein that helps to reduce the environmental damage caused by the agricultural industry.
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San Diego, Calif. (June 8, 2018) – Following a rigorous process including just over 1,000 nominations and a review by an international panel of experts and advisors, the 10 Category Winners of the 2018 Katerva Awards have been identified. In its seventh year, the Katerva Award identifies, evaluates and advances the most promising early-stage innovations that are solving the most complex and intractable problems facing the world today.
"We are excited and very honored to have reached the status of Category Winner,” said Mary Grikas, Vice President Global Communications of SolarReserve. "It is wonderful to be in the company of others who are working to make a difference and have a positive impact on our planet.”
In this sixth year of the Katerva Awards over 500 nominations were received across the ten award categories: Energy & Power; Food; Environment; Transportation; Smart Cities; Economy; Materials, Resources and Water; Behavioral Change; Gender Equality; and Human Development.
Katerva's prestigious Awards Council identifying the 2017 Katerva Award Grand Prize Winner: Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE). SHE has developed an environmentally sustainable menstrual pad with a scalable business model that uses agro waste readily available in developing countries.