We are the most relevant sustainability festival in the region, which each year awards, gives visibility and creates networks among the best 500 social and environmental projects in Ibero-America.

Thus, boosting the green economy by showcasing regional initiatives in 8 categories aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Edition 2022






MIAMI / FLORIDA
20.04.2022 A 23.04.2022

CATEGORIES

We are introducing 8 categories and 19 subcategories so more projects can be included in the awards. Please review each of them so that you can compete under the category that best suits your project.

Biodiversity

Projects focused on the care, protection and recovery of the most relevant vital resources.

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Cities

Projects that offer improved quality of life to the community by taking care of resources and favoring social justice for present and future humankind.

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Communication

The shift in the social-environmental paradigm requires all forms of communications to reflect and promote environmental care.

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Human Development

Projects where human development and the population’s well-being are central to their activities, regardless of their format.

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Economy

Projects working on a social, economic, and financial system aimed at the promotion of social welfare with a respect for the environment in mind.

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Energy

Innovative projects working on energy production and management systems with an emphasis on reducing social and environmental impact.

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Public Policy

Innovative practices aimed at improving social and environmental administration procedures while developing sustainable and accessible cities.

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Waste

Projects promoting conscious treatment of all types of waste. Detection, classification, separation, treatment, recycling, etc.

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Biodiversity

Projects focused on the care, protection and recovery of the most relevant vital resources.

Water
Initiatives working to improve access to drinking water throughout the social spectrum and across the region as well as its preservation and care. For example: projects focused on irrigation management, planning and implementation of sustainable drinking water systems; access to water; water purification, etc.
Oceans
Projects focusing on the conservation and control of the exploration and exploitation of resources in seas and oceans with a sustainable development objective. Entries may be concerned with issues such as cleanliness, temperature, acidification, currents, marine life and legislation, among others.
Forests
Projects with the objective to promote, protect, restore and sustainable use of land and forests. To name only a few examples, and without being restrictive, we can cite those that prevent desertification, soil degradation, and biodiversity protection in different ecosystems.
Fauna
Projects working on programs, actions, products or any type of idea that emphasizes the preservation and well-being of different species, whether wild or domesticated; native or introduced; terrestrial, aquatic or aerial. Projects that mitigate the diminishing quality of life of animal species and their ecosystems.

Cities

Projects that offer improved quality of life to the community by taking care of resources and favoring social justice for present and future humankind.

Innovation and Infrastructure
Projects focused on equipment and systems destined to provide citizens essential services for highways, bridges, telephone towers, hydroelectric plants, etc., strictly complying with sustainability and innovation principles, and being thoroughly respectful of the environment, turning cities into more habitable, inclusive places.
Mobility
Projects focused on offering, encouraging, or developing mobility solutions that are more energy and consumption efficient and energy use respectful of and responsible for the planet and society.
Urban Community
Projects seeking a sustainable urban development model that does not harm the environment and offers citizens a good quality of life. Awards will be given to projects that activate communities – partially or as a whole – towards harmonious natural world development within all levels of society, irrespective of economic class, gender, ethnicity, or capabilities.

Communication

The shift in the social-environmental paradigm requires all forms of communications to reflect and promote environmental care.

Projects communicating and raising awareness about the climate emergency and the millions of people working towards the necessary balance between humanity and nature. Whether it is in-house or external communication, through traditional means, such as mass media, or digital media such as social networks. Projects must prove their commitment to the environment with campaigns or pieces that reflect their impact on their communities or regions.

Human Development

Projects where human development and the population’s well-being are central to their activities, regardless of their format.

Education
Projects contributing to the creation of a universal, high-quality, inclusive education; showing an effort to guarantee or promote accessible educational content, taught in a safe and equitable environment, without race or gender distinction and considering different learning capabilities.
Rural Community
Projects putting forth community consolidation efforts with the objective to create a more participative, committed and supportive society and promote the empowerment of minorities and the environments sustainable development.
Equality
Initiatives working around the eradication of deep-rooted paradigms in our societies like any form of discrimination. They should promote models of gender and race equality and acceptance of different capabilities in pursuit of the empowerment of the more disadvantaged social sectors.
Health
Initiatives and projects taking aim at promoting a healthy life and the well-being of all sectors of society. Some examples include projects seeking to reduce infant and maternal mortality rates; treating region-specific diseases; fighting epidemics; promoting a safe, well-planned sexual and reproductive health; or developing innovative services and revolutionary models for improving community access to health care.

Economy

Projects working on a social, economic, and financial system aimed at the promotion of social welfare with a respect for the environment in mind.

Sustainable Production
Projects changing the production line of goods and services surrounding extraction and exploitation of resources to improve human quality of life without damaging the environment. Responsible producers, intermediaries, and consumers.
Circular Economy
This is one of the most challenging categories. Projects with a clear strategy towards reducing the use of raw materials and waste production, thus closing economic and ecological “loops” or flows, protecting available resources.
Finance
Projects showing alternatives that adopt an ethical stance and include social and environmental factors in long-term investment decisions. This new approach to finance represents both a change of mindset and of culture, adjusting the availability of economic resources toward a more balanced and sustainable world.

Energy

Innovative projects working on energy production and management systems with an emphasis on reducing social and environmental impact.

Access to Energy
This subcategory includes those undertakings which focus on guaranteeing or promoting reliable, modern, clean, safe and accessible energy to the entire population, without distinction of geography, race, gender or different capabilities.
Clean Energy
Aimed at participants who represent the constant search for new uses or sources of energy that do not have a negative impact on the environment or society. Among them, just to name a few ideas, are new ways of generating energy, innovative distribution of sustainable energies as well as, products or services promoting their use, reducing our dependency on fossil fuels.

Public Policy

Innovative practices aimed at improving social and environmental administration procedures while developing sustainable and accessible cities.

Our region needs public policies that have a grasp on its social-environmental complexities, and governments and citizens must take responsibility for them. This category rewards public plans or programs targeting the energy sector, the green economy, environmental management, the protection of natural resources, equality among citizens, and other related issues. Programs proposing and implementing change in regulatory measures, laws, allocation of resources, or budget items can participate.

Waste

Projects promoting conscious treatment of all types of waste. Detection, classification, separation, treatment, recycling, etc.

Solid Waste Management
Projects dealing with waste management, collection, transportation, treatment, recycling and disposal of waste materials. Projects participating in this subcategory have as their core focus the treatment of waste in its different states, whether it be solid, liquid, gaseous, or derived from radioactive substances, and the use of other methods or specialized techniques to minimize or avoid their environmental impact.
Recycling
Projects or initiatives working in different recycling areas, from the separation, classification, treatment and transportation of waste, as well as the reuse of waste as a raw material for new products or services.
Reusable Products
The initiatives focusing on reusing products, components, or containers and avoid manufacturing new ones. This practice makes it possible to save energy and the raw materials required to produce new ones. As one participant said in previous years, “stop seeing garbage as waste and start seeing it as a raw material.”

SPECIAL CATEGORIES

Scalability Award

Projects or initiatives awarded this distinction are those that have demonstrated rapid and consolidated growth. The judges will be taking into consideration: • Growth plan • Market business adaptation • Implementation time frames • End-user benefits of this expansion • Commercial and financial benefits

People’s Choice Award

During la “Semana Verde” Open voting will be available through Premios Verdes Social Media channels to choose the winner of the category. One prize and two special mentions will be awarded. All finalist projects, for the regular categories, will be contenders for this award. Candidates con not enrol directly.

Efficacy Award

To be eligible for this category, a project must have previously been a Premios Verde finalist. Projects should prove the impact of their proposal and show that the goals set at their initial stage, or any stage, have been met.

Innovation Award

This recognition seeks to reward those projects or individuals that challenge the status quo by proposing unconventional ideas that, at the same time, spread enthusiasm, inviting others to participate or share. The winning project or individual will be chosen among the participating projects. Candidates cannot enrol directly.

BENEFITS FOR PARTICIPATING

OTHER PRIZES

AT&T Prize

3 projects from the top 500 focused on technology development will be selected to participate in a mentorship program with strategic experts in New York.

Heroes Documentary

DirecTV Will choose four stories to produce a Heroes Documentary, a unique opportunity and incentive to present them to the world.

UNDP Award

Among the winners, UNDP will sponsor one project to create an impact evaluation through their Climate Action Impact Tool (CAIT).

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21%
of projects had local expansion

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