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10th Edition

MIAMI / FLORIDA

APRIL 2O23

CATEGORIES

This 10th Edition presents 11 categories that are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Academic Sustainability Research

Academic initiatives that go beyond the limits and question what we take for granted to achieve and introduce sustainability in all aspects of our lives.

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Circular Economy

Economic models that employ circularity of materials, reduce waste production and regenerate nature. Projects that reshape linear economy patterns by repurposing, redistributing, remanufacturing or reusing resources.

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Green Tech Startups

Purpose-driven, tech-based business models, companies and entrepreneurial ecosystems that help face global challenges by creating new opportunities and improving our lives.

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Habitat and Ecosystem Conservation

Innovative governance models that protect marine, freshwater and land ecosystems by finding ways to align conservation and human development interests.

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Renewable Energy

Projects that accelerate the transition towards clean and renewable energies, provide reliable energy supplies, improve energy security and reduce pollution risks.

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Resilient Design Architecture

Resilience-based architectural design that builds healthier living conditions in urban and rural settings, addressing social, natural, and environmental issues.

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Sustainable Farming and Food Production

Programs that foster and promote the use of sustainable agricultural practices, reduce resource depletion and find new ways to feed the world responsibly.

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Sustainable Fashion

Projects in the clothing and apparel business that favor people, animals and the environment, and are aware that next season’s collection has never been more relevant.

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Sustainable Human Development

Sustainable development models that create economic growth, empower people, and protect the environment.

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Sustainable Finance

Development finance and philanthropic funding that strategically mobilize the green economy to propel businesses and create market opportunities.

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Sustainable Mobility

New means of inclusive, safe and efficient transport that reduce carbon emissions, respect the environment, expand the sector and promote green technologies.

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Academic Sustainability Research

Market-oriented and science-based solutions are decisive to accomplishing the SDGs and meeting global challenges. To achieve sustainability, transformative efforts are required at educational levels all over the world. For this reason, universities play a fundamental role in the search for a more sustainable life for everyone. Promoting it depends on an academic training that aims to go beyond the limits of what is possible and questions what we take for granted.

Type of projects that can apply
Scientific research programs, projects or spin-offs that:

- Have implemented a pilot or prototype that mitigates the effects of climate change
- Facilitate the energy transition
- Develop circular products or services
- Enhance conservation as well as the restoration of fragile ecosystems
- Strengthen environmental services
- Promote inclusion
- Reduce poverty
Type of applicants
- Universities
- Colleges and community colleges
- Other higher education institutions involving students

Circular Economy

Circular economy addresses global challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, waste and pollution, and is based on three design principles: the regeneration of nature, the circularity of materials and the elimination of waste production. Everything in nature is transformed and reused. Nothing is wasted. Waste, on the other hand, is a human invention. It is time to close the cycle and create a more dynamic economy that includes repurposing, redistributing, remanufacturing and reusing resources. It’s time for new ideas.

Type of projects that can apply
Production and sustainable consumption economic models that replace supply and demand linear patterns (extract, produce, consume, discard) that are harmful to the environment, with one that resembles nature's evolution by extending products' lifecycles.

Projects, programs, products or services that:

- Reshape consumption paradigms
- Eliminate or replace single-use plastics
- Incorporate recycled products to an existing industrial process
- Encourage the management, treatment and use of organic waste with applicable, profitable and scalable solutions
- Regenerate natural systems
Type of applicants
- Local, regional and national governments
- NGOs
- Rural associations
- Farmers
- Civil society groups
- Farmers unions
- Corporations
- Companies
- Entrepreneurs
- Academia

Green Tech Startups

According to the World Economic Forum, the value created by startups closely matches the GDP of a G7 economy and the amount of startup funding in 2021 surpassed $600 billion, shattering funding records in previous years. Furthermore, there are over one thousand unicorn companies and this number is growing exponentially. A purpose-driven startup involves seeing the world with new eyes, discovering new opportunities and building new realities to change lives. This is why it is critical to support this type of companies and entrepreneurial ecosystems to help face global challenges, such as the climate crisis and poverty.

Type of projects that can apply
Projects, programs, products or services of tech-based startups that present solutions to an environmental or social problem with clear benefits for their clients or community that:

- Are highly innovative, in some cases disruptive and scalable
- Use scientific or technological discoveries in products or services with verifiable purpose and impact
Type of applicants
Startups and technological ventures with less than 5 years since inception, with proven sales and at least one funding round.

Habitat and Ecosystem Conservation

Climate and landscape directly affect all species and their ecosystems, which are the basis of all civilization, sustain our economies and represent a source of biodiversity, food and life. More than half of the world's population depends directly on healthy ecosystems for survival, regardless of their type (marine, freshwater or land). We need to generate collective action to build bridges between conservation and human development, to guarantee the health of the landscape that surrounds us and the systems that provide us with life.

Type of projects that can apply
Innovative governance models, projects, programs, products or services that:

Marine Ecosystems
- Improve the conservation and biodiversity of marine ecosystems
- Abolish marine wildlife trafficking
- Promote the blue economy through a sustainable use of resources
- Could serve as carbon sinks
- Fight against marine garbage pollution, especially single-use plastics

Marine ecosystems include: Estuaries, mangrove forests, wetlands, coral reefs, open sea and deep sea.

Freshwater Ecosystems

- Improve the quality and availability of water resources
- Contribute to the conservation and biodiversity of freshwater ecosystems
- Abolish wildlife trafficking
- Enhance environmental services and the bioeconomy

Freshwater ecosystems include glaciers, moorlands, rivers, lakes, wetlands, ponds, streams, and groundwater.

Land Ecosystems

- Improve conservation and biodiversity of land ecosystems
- Abolish wildlife trafficking
- Promote the sustainable use of resources
- Enhance environmental services
- Could serve as carbon sinks

The projects focus on landscape conservation and promote the bioeconomy in, for example, indigenous communities and tribes.

Land ecosystems include: forests, deserts, mountains, and grasslands, among others.
Type of applicants
- Local, regional and national governments
- National parks and protected areas
- NGOs
- Civil society groups
- Academia
- Companies
- Entrepreneurs
- Research centers
- Wildlife management centers
- Unions or guilds
- Indigenous communities and tribes

Renewable Energy

Fossil fuel-based energy production systems are the main source of greenhouse gas generation, which traps heat in the atmosphere causing climate change. The demand for electricity is expected to increase by 70% in the next two decades. One of the most important actions we can take to reduce our impact on the environment is to accelerate the transition towards clean and renewable energy, which provides reliable energy supplies, improves energy security and reduces pollution risks, while protecting our natural resources and creating green jobs.

Type of projects that can apply
Projects, programs, equipment or services producing reliable, low emissions energy from renewable sources that:

- Advance industrial decarbonization
- Boost energy transition
- Provide or facilitate access to energy in remote places and communities
Type of applicants
- Local, regional and national governments
- Multilateral organizations
- NGOs
- Civil society groups
- Corporations
- Companies
- Public-private associations
- Entrepreneurs
- Academia
- Individuals

Resilient Design Architecture

90% of the world’s population is expected to live in cities by 2040. We are pressed to advance resilience-based architectural design to create healthier living conditions in urban and rural areas. Design that reduces the use of natural resources and energy consumption, and favors renewable resources and green materials to address social, natural, and environmental issues.

Type of projects that can apply
Construction, infrastructure, public space, landscape, community or city projects, completed or in progress, with innovative design providing real solutions to:

- Palliate the effects of climate change
- Reduce risks and threats for the population

Projects designed to enhance environmental services such as water cycle, climate regulation, oxygen generation, wildlife, scenery, and pollination, among others.
Type of applicants
- Local, regional and national governments
- NGOs
- Civil society groups
- Construction companies
- Real estate brokers
- Architects or architecture studios
- Academia
- Civil engineers
- Artists

Sustainable Farming and Food Production

Agriculture accounts for up to 30% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and for 70% of all freshwater withdrawals globally. Irresponsible agricultural practices and over consumption are some of the causes for the deterioration and depletion of our natural resources. Deforestation, monocultures, and the overuse of pesticides and fertilizers, among other practices, are depleting our natural resources uninterruptedly. We must find new ways to practice sustainable agriculture. And we must do it now.

Type of projects that can apply
Innovative programs, projects, initiatives, products or services in the agriculture, agribusiness, distribution, marketing or retail sectors that:

- Promote deforestation and forest degradation-free production
- Apply ancestral knowledge and wisdom from local communities into their processes
- Use technology for efficient use of natural resources and agricultural supplies
- Are committed to low carbon emission production and distribution
- Reduce food waste
- Enhance bioeconomy and inclusive value chains
- Meet the principle and purpose of fair-trade
- Use a farm-to-table model
- Use reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging
- Encourage responsible consumption of agricultural products
Type of applicants
- Local, regional and national governments
- NGOs
- Civil society groups
- Farmers unions or guilds
- Associations
- Conscious consumption movements
- Indigenous communities and tribes
- Multilateral organizations
- Agricultural companies
- Transportation and logistics companies
- Entrepreneurs

Sustainable Fashion

Staying fashionable comes with a high cost for the environment. For example, it takes almost 3K liters of water to make one t-shirt. “Fast fashion” is responsible for 10% of humanity’s carbon emissions, it requires water in high quantities during production, and has kept low prices thanks to minimum wages and unacceptable working conditions in underdeveloped countries. "Sustainable fashion" is a trend that the planet must adopt as soon as possible because it has the power to change it. What we will wear next season has never been more relevant.

Type of projects that can apply
Projects, programs, products, materials or services within the fashion industry that:

- Consider post-consumption reuse and recycling
- Reduce its carbon footprint
- Decrease the use of pesticides and microplastics
- Promote technological innovation for new, especially organic, textiles or personalized on-demand production
- Promote second-hand purchases and value vintage
- Include ancestral knowledge
- Meet the ethical conditions of the industry

It includes design, manufacturing, distribution, retail and responsible consumption promotion.
Type of applicants
- Local, regional and national governments
- NGOs
- Civil society groups
- Fashion houses
- Designers
- Industry
- Distributors
- Retail shops
- Entrepreneurs.

Sustainable Human Development

As global population increases by 80 million each year, so does human needs and greed, putting pressure on natural resources. The challenges that lay ahead are to ensure that the huge and growing global wealth is distributed fairly, and that the global economy supports planetary health. In the words of former UNDP Administrator, James Speth: “Sustainable human development not only generates economic growth but distributes its benefits equitably; regenerates the environment rather than destroying it; empowers people rather than marginalizing them."

Type of projects that can apply
Existing models, projects, programs, products or services that in an innovative and applicable way eliminate or reduce the gap to achieve sustainable development and improve our relationship with nature throughout our lives. Some areas include:

- Poverty
- Hunger
- Health
- Access to clean water and hygiene
- Education
- Gender equality
- Women empowerment
- Decent work
- Inclusive economic growth
- Peace and justice
- Ancestral knowledge
Type of applicants
- Local, regional and national governments
- NGOs
- Civil society groups
- Multilateral organizations
- Companies
- Corporations
- Entrepreneurs
- Academia

Sustainable Finance

To meet the financial needs of the 2030 Agenda we must come together to manage global financial assets collectively. While governments will continue to play a key financing role, the private sector needs to quickly engage in financing many areas of the SDGs in order to close the gap. By strategically using development finance and philanthropic funds to mobilize and leverage private capital, we can foster business and create market opportunities for a more sustainable world. This is the only way to invest in our future.

Type of projects that can apply
Innovative financing and credit programs, refundable or non-refundable funds, financial operations (debt exchange, bonds, etc.) that:

- Advance ecological transition and decarbonization
- Accelerate circular models and sustainable growth of countries, cities, and companies that mitigate and/or reduce vulnerability to climate change
- Generate green employment
- Promote the use of sustainable natural resources and nature-inspired innovative solutions
- Reduce inequality and poverty

Incubation and/or acceleration programs for technological or social innovation ventures that offer financing for scalability.
Type of applicants
Organizations that offer specific financing products or programs to reach the Sustainable Development Goals such as:

- Public or private development banks
- Governments with financial cooperation investment for developing or under developed countries
- Private banking
- Public or private investment funds
- Philanthropists
- NGOs
- Co-ops
- Accelerators or incubators
- Insurance companies
- Brokerage firms
- Mortgage companies

Sustainable Mobility

According to the World Bank, sustainable mobility is crucial to ending poverty, mitigating climate change, and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. Governments must work out strategies to promote inclusive, safe, efficient transport that respects the environment. The good news is that 60% of the infrastructure needed remains to be built, which translates into opportunities to expand the sector, promote green technologies and inclusive growth.

Type of projects that can apply
Mechanisms, structures or systems, public or private, motorized or not, individual or shared that:
-Allow the transition towards low-emission sustainable mobility models;
-Promote an infrastructure of cities or rural communities that prioritize pedestrians; or
-Make it easier for citizens and urban wild or domestic fauna to move around the city and territory.
Tech projects, applications or programs granting access to services and data optimizing travel.
Type of applicants
- Local, regional and national governments
- National or subnational traffic systems
- Multilateral organization
- NGOs
- Transportation routes
- Ride-sharing companies
- Corporations
- Urban planning firms
- Transport manufacturing companies
- Logistics service companies
- Airlines
- Shipping companies
- Auto dealers
- Auto manufacturers
- Telecommunications companies
- Smart Cities' providers
- Entrepreneurs
- Academia

SPECIAL AWARDS

SDG Award

Among the edition's winners, The Partnership for Action on Green Economy, PAGE, will grant one project the opportunity to present it to the United Nations Convention.

OUR INTERNATIONAL JURY

Since Premios Verde's first Edition in 2013, participation has grown exponentially. Close to 18,000 participants from 1.147 cities and 43 countries have been a part of previous editions. Evaluating these projects in depth and with the utmost rigor would not have been possible was it not for a group of experts who dedicate their time and experience to rate candidates' work each year. Premios Verdes's Jury is made up of two international divisions: The technical commission (first selection of projects) and the Annual Jury (final selection)

MEET THE 2022 WINNERS

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MEET THE 2022 WINNERS

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