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Sustainability Innovation Award

The World Commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland Commission) defined sustainability as “[Meeting] the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” and the OED defines innovation as “The introduction of novelties; the alteration of what is established by the introduction of new elements or forms.” These are but two of the myriad of definitions for the terms sustainable and innovation, terms which represent broad concepts that have vastly different meaning depending on the context in which they are applied. While we may think of innovation as being primarily “product”, there are in fact four domains (each having modular and systemic aspects): Technical, Biotic, Social, Conceptual. Rather that provide rigid definitions for the Sustainable Innovation category of Globe Award, we choose to offer applicants wide latitude in their submission. To this end, we offer 6 sequential criteria which will be used to evaluate and judge candidate sustainable innovations: prime, prosperity, people, planet, perpetuity and principle.

  1. Prime: Is it a genuine innovation?
  2. Prosperity: Is it economically viable?
  3. People: Is it socially viable?
  4. Planet: Is it ecologically viable?
  5. Perpetual: Is it renewable into perpetuity?
  6. Principle: Is it ethically viable?