The most relevant sustainability festival in the world arrived for the first time in the United States to celebrate its historic 9th edition. Guayaquil, the birthplace of this festival, was the starting point to kick off this edition of Premios Verdes. Then, Miami welcomed experts in sustainable development who are leading the positive change of the planet, with exhibitions, master lectures, workshops and free conferences held at the Watsco Center of the University of Miami. Finally, on Sunday 24th, the Awards Gala was held at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami. Its host, actor and environmentalist Roberto Manrique, shared the stage with personalities such as Sylvia Earle, Cata Robayo, Arap Bethke, Charles Gillespie, the robot Sophia, Gente de Zona and Lena Burke, among others. The event was broadcast live on the Premios Verdes platforms and, despite the celebrities invited, the real stars of the night were the finalists of this edition, the people responsible for the best socio-environmental projects of the year.
Since Premios Verde's first Edition in 2013, participation has grown exponentially. 12.690 participants from 1.144 cities from 41 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)