Calling all designers, inventors, writers and artists - contest entries due 8/31
- Please share this invitation with friends around the Island -
One Island
Sustainability Innovation Challenge Award 
Showcase your great ideas!
Entries due August 31st,
Awards announced at the Green Living Fair
on October 6th.


Sustainability is a journey, not a final destination.


Many Big Island residents have already embarked on the journey and we invite our community to show us the ingenious, creative, and thought provoking products, designs and practices that local Hawaii residents are creating to solve our pressing Sustainability challenges.


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Here at One Island, where many creative problem solvers are drawn, we all too often hear " I have this great idea, but ...." or  "Why, I thought of that 10 years ago". Enough with the 'talk' already! Let's move to action.


We are intentionally challenging our community to turn those great ideas into designs, prototypes, and products that really contribute solutions to our pressing issues. Our Green Economy goals at One Island include fostering innovation all around us and we are hosting this first-of-its kind local contest to help bring the best ideas forwards. First step - show us your stuff!


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed

citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing

that ever has."

                                                                                                            Margaret Mead




All ages on the Big Island are welcome to enter and the three categories for the Sustainability Innovation competition are:


1. Proven, Operating Inventions, Products or Practices

2. Prototypes of Inventions, Products or Practices

3. Designs and Concepts including all media


Inventions can be physical objects, written works, designs, multi-media, visual or healing arts, or behavioral change concept models. You need not be the sole inventor of a product, but must have made a contribution toward designing or modifying it in a way that is an improvement upon the original technology or practice. (If you are using another designer's product or behavior in an innovative, green way, then that would be considered a Practice.) Entrants will have the ability to protect proprietary information and only release designated information to the public.


Email to request an entry form and the criteria for the judging. 


Sponsors are also welcome to request a Sponsorship information packet by emailing


 Bamboo Structure  


2012 Sustainability Innovation Challenge Award Judges are:


Karen Kemp, Ph.D., USC GIS Professor

Hugh Baker, Energy Consultant

Dr. Rick Bennett, Environmental Consultant

Nancy Redfeather, Kohala Center and Hawaii School Garden Network

Tane Datta, Sustainable Ag Leader, Adaptations and Fresh Feast

Dr. Gregory Barbour, NELHA 


You, through a People's Choice award with online voting


The top winners will be showcased at the 3rd Annual Green Living Fair on October 6th and then one winner will be selected to be featured at the Farm-to-Fork dinner that evening.

All honorable mentions and winners will be showcased online.


Green is a Verb - Let's do it together!



One Island's Sustainable Living Center is a non-profit program of

Heritage Ranch, Inc., serving Hawaii since 2002