The Green Electronics Council today began accepting nominations for its 2015 Catalyst Awards, a global celebration of innovative solutions and tangible environmental accomplishments throughout the lifecycle of electronic technologies. Organizations and individuals may now submit their nomination online.
The inaugural Catalyst Awards 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.”
Any organization, individual, or combination of organizations and individuals collaborating may apply for an Award. Nominations must focus on the greening of electronics and be for products, processes, policies and programs launched during the past five years. Winning entries must exist in the public domain at the time of submission.
Catalyst Award winners will be honored during the Green Electronics Council’s Emerging Green Conference in September 2015 and in related marketing efforts. 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.
“As we look to the future of green electronics, it’s important to also reflect upon and recognize the environmental accomplishments the community has already achieved,” said Robert Frisbee, Green Electronics Council CEO. “The Catalyst Awards do just that, rewarding those solutions whose practicality and impact can be an inspiration for the next generation of innovators.”
Each Catalyst Award nomination must include both an Executive Summary and a larger section that addresses the submission’s positive impact on the circular economy, its innovation compared to existing solutions, and its viability from both an economic and resource standpoint.
Catalyst Award winner(s) will be selected a Judging Committee composed of third-party experts. This Committee will be selected and managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).