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 focal area for the 2016 Green Electronics Council Catalyst Awards is “innovations in resource reduction,” where resource reduction is defined as “decreasing the resource intensity of products and packaging through reduction of weight, volume, toxicity or the use of materials with high environmental loadings, accomplished through improvements in design, production, use, reuse, and/or recycling.”
The 2016 Catalyst Award winner(s) will be publicly recognized in September at the Electronics Goes Green Conference in Berlin, Germany, as well as being publicized via media.
Information about the 2015 Catalyst Awards:
Who is Eligible to Win a 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. The object of the nomination must be the intellectual property of the nominee. All nominations must be presented in English. Self-nominations and external nominations are both acceptable. No entity may win two consecutive Catalyst Awards.
Why Submit a Nomination?
The Green Electronics Council Catalyst Awards provide an international platform to showcase environmental accomplishments of electronic technologies. Winning the 2016 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. The Catalyst Award winner(s) will be showcased via:
- An awards ceremony held at the Electronics Goes Green Conference in September 2016
- Promotion on the Green Electronics Council website and via press release
- Marketing support for the winning entity(ies)
Nomination submissions must be in PDF format and uploaded via the form at the bottom of this webpage. The nomination packet guidelines may be downloaded here. Nominations should include three sections: contact information, a one-page Executive Summary, and a full submission that should be no more than 15 pages. Submissions that are supported with quantitative evidence and fully address the submission criteria will be most competitive.
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. 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 (Will be publicly available)
Name of organization being recognized in the nomination (Will be publicly available)
Contact information of person submitting the nomination (Will NOT be publicly available)
Nomination Name/Title: (Will be publicly available)
Brief Description of Nomination: (primarily for marketing) (Will be publicly available). 500-word limit
Executive Summary: (primarily for judging) (Will be publicly available)
- Should be limited to one (1) page
- Summarize how your nomination is an innovation in resource reduction
- Summarize the economic and market viability of your nomination
- Summarize what challenges the innovation will face in manufacturing or the market, and how they will be overcome
- Summarize the short-term and long-term milestones
Section 3: Maximum 15 pages. The information provided in this section will not be made public without the consent of the nominee.
Impact on Resource Reduction - Describe the impact of your nomination on resource reduction. Impacts can be both direct or indirect, immediate or long term.
- How does the nomination reduce resource use?
- How broad is the reach of your nomination (local, regional, national, international)?
- Does your nomination have societal significance? If yes, please describe how. (For example: reducing hazardous labor conditions, increasing access to green technology by making it more affordable.)
- Does your nomination positively contribute to human health and the biosphere in other ways than resource reduction? (For example, reducing hazardous substances being released into the environment.)
- What challenges does the innovation face, and how can they be – or how have they been – overcome?
- What potential negative impacts (i.e. trade-offs) does your nomination have with regard to resource reduction?
Innovation - Describe why your nomination is innovative and how it compares to the current solution(s). We are broadly defining innovation to mean new technologies, processes, products or policies, or using an existing application in a new way, to advance the greening of electronics.
- Why is the nomination innovative?
- How does the nomination compare to competing/alternative solutions?
- Do you expect your nomination to inspire others? How?
Market and Manufacturing Viability - Describe why your nomination is a viable solution from an economic perspective in the short and long term.
- Is the nomination economically viable (cost, marketability), 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 amount of resources it uses?
- 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 innovation in resource reduction. To make this determination, nominations will be judged based on the following criteria:
- Impacts of Resource Reduction (direct and indirect) (50% of the final score)
- Innovation (25% of the final score)
- Viability for manufacturing and in the marketplace (25% of the final score)
Nomination submissions must address the three criteria by providing qualitative and quantitative evidence of a positive impact to innovative resource reduction. Answering all the questions provided will increase a nomination’s chance of advancing to the judging stage.
For nominees’ reference, here is a PDF of the form that AAAS reviewers will use to evaluate all 2016 Catalyst Award nominations.
Nominations should be submitted online at the bottom of this page. Nominations must also include a .PDF version of the nomination packet, uploaded using the upload/attach tool below.
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 innovation in resource reduction 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 2016 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). Winner(s) 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.
- January 31, 2016: Award nominations open
- April 15, 2016: Nomination period closes
- August 6, 2016: Award winners are contacted. Winners may begin booking travel to attend the Awards presentation at the Electronics Goes Green Conference in Berlin, Germany
- September 7, 2016: Award winners are recognized at the Electronics Goes Green Conference during a special Awards 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 registered EGG 2016 participants, selected press representatives and invited guests only. This 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. However, AAAS requires its reviewers to sign a conflict of interest form and confidentiality agreement to protect the review process.
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.