The 2010 Finalists have undergone a rigorous review for adherence to the entry criteria including an interview with the individual or team behind the strategy. They were advanced from a pool of 215 entries submitted that were then narrowed down to 30 semi-finalists and after serious consideration by an 11 panel jury are up for the final prize.
This Video was presented at the Conferring Ceremony in Washington DC, June 2nd.
The titles, entrants names and a 50 word summary of their project is listed below. You can click on the title to go to a feature page about the entry where you will find a more in-depth description of the project.
Congratulations to the 2010 Finalists and everyone who entered this year's Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Those who have opted to have their work published are featured in the Idea Index.
For more information about a specific entry contact: JenJoy Roybal, Tel: 718.290.9283.
FINALISTS for the 2010 BUCKMINSTER FULLER CHALLENGE
|Project Title||Name||50 Word Summary from the Entrant|
|Barefoot Women Solar Engineers of Africa, Asia and Latin America||Bunker Roy of The Barefoot College, Tilonia, Rajasthan, India||The Barefoot approach has reached remote rural inaccessible villages in 15 of the least developed countries in Africa. Illiterate rural mothers and grandmothers who have never left their villages in their lives within 6 months of training (without using the written word) in India have solar electrified their own villages.|
|A Call to Farm : FarmShare||BK Farmyards||FarmShare reconnects farmers and consumers as co-producers of the foodscape. The strategy uses social media to pool all the resources of Brooklyn into a crowd-sourced decentralized farm. Voting for local food with their forks already, Brooklyn food activists will pool their time and their waste in A Call to Farm.|
|Eco-Boulevards||Martin Felsen + Sarah Dunn||Chicagoans discard over one billion gallons of Great Lakes water per day. This "wastewater" never replenishes one of the world's most vital resources. As a remedy, this project re-conceives the Chicago street-grid as a holistic Bio-System that captures, cleans and returns wastewater and storm-water to the Lakes via "Eco-Boulevards."|
|Living Building Challenge||Jason F. McLennan and Eden Brukman||The Living Building Challenge is a visionary strategy for creating a socially just, culturally rich and ecologically benign built environment. Rather than providing points for incremental improvements in building performance, it measures success against the end goal of true sustainability and provides a framework for restoring balance in the human ecosystem.|
|Operation Hope - Permanent water and food security for Africa's impoverished millions||Allan Savory on behalf of Africa Centre for Holistic Management Trustees and staff||This project demonstrates how to reverse desertification of the world's savannas and grasslands, thereby contributing enormously to mitigating climate change, biomass burning, drought, flood, drying of rivers and underground waters, disappearing wildlife, massive poverty, social breakdown, violence and genocide.|
|Watergy Greenhouse||Martin Buchholz, Inventor and Initiator of Watergy||Watergy is a bionic concept, immitating the biosphere within an enclosure, using wind, rain and related energy dissipation. It allows 85% recycling of irrigation water, while accumulation of CO2 leads to higher rates of photosynthesis. Further applications are plant protection (no pesticides), processing of greywater, desalination and heat supply.|