The 2015 Catalyst Awards
The mission of the Green Electronics Council is “to inspire and catalyze environmental leadership throughout the lifecycle of electronic technologies.” The Green Electronics Council Catalyst Awards seek to inspire creative solutions in the greening of electronics. The winner of the Green Electronics Council Catalyst Award for 2015 was unveiled September 22, 2015, at the Emerging Green Conference. Dell Inc. was named as the inaugural winner of this global program celebrating innovative solutions and tangible environmental accomplishments throughout the lifecycle of electronic technologies.
The focal area for the 2015 Green Electronics Council Catalyst Awards is to recognize electronics and related infrastructures’ positive impact on the circular economy, where circular economy is defined as “an economic system that is safe and restorative by intention and seeks to eradicate waste through the careful design, manufacture, use and handling of products and components.” The focal area for all subsequent Green Electronics Council Catalyst Awards will be chosen at the Green Electronics Council’s Emerging Green Conference by conference participants. Catalyst Award winners will be publicly recognized in September of 2015 during the Emerging Green Conference and in marketing and public relations outreach. Emerging Green is the premiere international green-electronics conference in 2015, providing global technology leaders an opportunity to discuss the advances, challenges and role of electronics in the circular economy.
More information about the Catalyst Awards, including nomination guidelines, are provided in the sections below and in this downloadable PDF.
Dell Inc. Wins 2015 Catalyst Award
Click here to read more about Dell’s award-winning entry in our inaugural Catalyst Awards.
Who is Eligible to Win a 2015 Catalyst Award?
Nominations are open worldwide for any organization, individual or combination of organizations and individuals collaborating. Nominations must focus on the greening of electronics to be eligible for this award. Nominations that focus on other areas such as using electronics to make systems greener are not eligible at this time. Nominations for an Award will be accepted for products, processes, policies and programs that were launched in the past five (5) years and that exist in the public domain at the time of submission. Nominations must be the intellectual property of the nominee. All nominations must be presented in English. Self-nominations and external nominations are both acceptable.
Why Submit a Nomination?
The Green Electronics Council Catalyst Awards provide an international platform to showcase environmental accomplishments of electronic technologies. Winning the 2015 Green Electronics Council Catalyst Award provides public endorsement by independent and esteemed experts, and inclusion in Green Electronics Council marketing efforts to promote the winners’ accomplishments. Catalyst Award winners will be showcased:
- At an awards ceremony held at the Green Electronics Council’s Emerging Green Conference in September 2015
- Profiling and promotion on the Green Electronics Council website
- Press releases and marketing support following the conference and in trade media
Nomination submissions must be in PDF format and uploaded to this website during the registration process. There are two sections of the nomination: a one-page Executive Summary, and a full submission that should be no more than 25 pages. Before submitting your nomination, we ask that you consider:
- Whether the information provided is relevant to the nomination
- Whether the title, brief description, executive summary and full nomination support each other
- If claims made in the submission are supported with evidence or could be substantiated upon request
- Submissions that are supported with quantitative evidence are strongly preferred during the judging process
Submission Form Required Sections
Each nomination submission is required to include a response to all three sections described below. The first section is the name, the organization and contact information for the person submitting the nomination. The name and organization may be shared publicly. However, contact information will not be shared publicly. The second section is the Executive Summary and should be exactly the same as the Executive Summary section entered into the submission system during the registration process. The third section should address the themes provided in the questions below, each question need not be answered in detail – providing a response for each question will enable the judges to better evaluate the submission.
Name of person being recognized in the nomination (Publicly available: should be the same as entered during the registration process)
Name of organization being recognized in the nomination (Publicly available: should be the same as entered during the registration process)
Contact information of person submitting the nomination (NOT publicly available: should be the same as entered during the registration process
Nomination Name/Title: (Publicly available: should be the same as entered during the registration process)
Brief Description of Nomination: (primarily for marketing) (Public information: should be the same as entered during the registration process). 500-word limit
Executive Summary: (primarily for judging) (Public information: should be the same as entered during the registration process)
- Should be limited to one (1) page
- Summarize how your nomination positively impacts the Circular Economy
- Summarize what challenges the innovation will face or has already overcome
- Summarize the impact / innovation / viability of your nomination
- Summarize the short-term and long-term milestones
Section 3: Maximum 25 pages. The information provided in this section will not be made public without the consent of the nominee.
Impact on Circular Economy – Describe the impact that your nomination has on the circular economy. Impacts can be both direct and indirect, short-term and longer term.
- How does the nomination demonstrate enhancement of the circular economy?
- What is the most important impact of your nomination?
- How broad is the reach of your nomination?
- Does your nomination have societal significance? If yes, please describe how.
- In what ways does your nomination impact the world? (for examples, see the next five bullets)
- How does your nomination positively impact the circular economy?
- How does your nomination negatively impact the circular economy?
- How does your nomination positively contribute to human health and the biosphere?
- How does your nomination negatively contribute to human health and the biosphere?
- What other impacts does your nomination have beyond those already described?
Innovation – Describe why your nomination is innovative and how it compares to the current solution(s). We are broadly defining innovation to mean new processes, products, or policies as well as the application of known technologies, processes, or policies in an innovative way to the greening of electronics.
- Why is the nomination innovative? Is your innovation disruptive? In what ways?
- How does the nomination compare to competing/alternative solutions?
- Do you expect your nomination to inspire others and how?
Viability – Describe why your nomination is a viable solution from an economic perspective and from a resources perspective in the short and longer term.
- Is the nomination economically viable in the context of the circular economy, and what makes it so?
- What resources are available to help increase the impact of your nomination (financial capital, human capital resources)?
- Does the nomination show superior functionality in relation to the amounts of resources it is using?
- Describe the short-term and long-term critical milestones for the initiative. What are the milestones for the next year? What are some of the critical milestones expected to be reached during the next 5 years?
Catalyst Award Judging Criteria
The prize will be awarded to eligible nomination(s) that demonstrate the greatest positive impact on the circular economy. To make this determination, nominations will be judged based on the following criteria:
- Impacts on Circular Economy (direct and indirect) (50% of the final score)
- Innovation (25% of the final score)
- Viability (25% of the final score)
Nomination submissions must address the three criteria by providing qualitative and quantitative evidence of a positive impact on the circular economy. Answering all the questions provided will increase a nomination’s chance of advancing to the judging stage.
Nominations should be submitted online at this page, which requires registration (free). Nomination submissions must also include a .PDF version of the nomination uploaded via the website.
Self-nominations and external nominations are both acceptable. All nomination submissions by an entity other than the proposed winner must describe the relationship between the nominating party and the nominee at the time of nomination. This information may be included in Section 1B (“Brief description of nomination”) of the submission form.
All nominations will go through an initial screening process by the Green Electronics Council for appropriateness, completeness and the degree to which they address the circular economy theme before being sent to the Judging Committee. The Judging Committee will review the top 20 nominations as selected by the Green Electronics Council.
The winner(s) of the Catalyst Award will be selected by a Judging Committee composed of third-party experts. This Committee will be managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The award will be selected by a Judging Committee using the criteria specified above, supported by scoring sheets. Decisions of the Judging Committee are final and may not be appealed.
- February 18: Award nominations open
- May 7: Award nominations close
- August 21: Award winners are contacted. Winners may begin booking travel to attend the Awards presentation at the Green Electronics Council’s Emerging Green Conference in Portland, Oregon, USA
- September 22: Award winners are recognized at the Emerging Green Conference during a special Awards Dinner ceremony
Information submitted in a nomination shall be the intellectual property of the applicant, should not infringe on others’ intellectual property, and shall not include confidential business information. Before submitting a nomination, confirm with the appropriate advisors or legal counsel that any intellectual property described in the plan is appropriately protected.
The awards ceremony is open to the public at large. This public session may be broadcast to interested persons through media that may include radio, television and the Internet. Any data or information discussed or divulged by Award entrants in public sessions should be considered information that will likely enter the public realm, and entrants should not assume any right of confidentiality in any data or information discussed, divulged or presented in these sessions.
The authors of the nomination submission will retain all copyrights to the submission regarding its use at all times prior to and following the Awards judging except as stated below. Due to the nature of the Awards, the Green Electronics Council will not ask judges, reviewers, staff or the audience to agree to or sign non-disclosure statements for any participant.
The organizer of the Green Electronics Council’s Catalyst Awards may make photocopies, photographs, videotapes and/or audiotapes of the presentations including material prepared for use in the Awards ceremony. By entering the competition, you agree to grant a release to the organizers, sponsors and funding sources of the competition to use such materials without restriction. Additionally, five items that are required for registration may be shared by the Green Electronics Council publicly: 1. Nomination name/title, 2. Brief description of nomination, 3. Executive Summary, 4. Name of person being recognized in the nomination, and 5. Name of the organization being recognized in the nomination. For your protection, do not enter confidential information in any of these fields. The long nomination submission will only be seen by the staff of the Green Electronics Council, AAAS staff, and the AAAS judges.