Nobel Prize… for Sustainability?

Nobel Prize week has just kicked off and I presume that we all have heard about these prizes taking place here in Stockholm, Sweden. These priser date back to the 19th century when Alfred Nobel made a fortune for his invention of dynamite  in 1866. Before dying, he stated in his testament that his fortune (around $210 million USD nowadays) was meant to be invested to recognize yearly the brightest minds among 5 fields (chemistry, physics, medicine, literature and peace); resulting on the money being the basis to create what we know today as the Nobel Foundation. Unfortunately, there’s no Nobel Prize for Sustainability research… yet☝️.

Doing some research I came across with this foundation called Katerva. Based in London as a seven-years-old nonprofit that aims to recognize and support the brightest projects in the field of Sustainability around the world, Katerva Awards are divided into 10 categories:

  • Food Security
  • Behavioral Change
  • Economy
  • Ecosystem Conservation
  • Gender Equality
  • Materials & Resources
  • Human Development
  • Energy & Power
  • Transportation
  • Urban Design

Terry Waghorn, an author and former consultant at KPMG, is the mind behind this project. The nominees are proposed by different famous names within the field of Hållbarhet such as Peter White, Vice President and COO of WBCSD. The projects go through 6 different stages where they are graded based on their feasibility, marketability, originality and impact, until there’s only 1 winner for each category.

When it comes to the prize, no, there’s no money involved as the 1.1 million USD given by the Nobel Foundation for each full prize, but the Katerva foundation is growing and receiving sponsorship from different companies; for example, in 2013 prize-winning forskning “Bioneedle” had an award ceremony at the House of Lords in London and received some $500,000 USD worth of services from EY and Deloitte.

Wouldn’t it be nice being awarded for contributing to the environment?

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