Last November, we reported on Make's DIY Tag Your Green competition inspired by the GE Ecomagination competition. This week Make announced the 6 winners selected by popular vote via online voting. Submissions were accepted from makers, DIYers, inventors and entrepreneurs in 5 main categories with one overall Grand Prize winner and 5 category winners:
3. Renewable Resources
5. General Environmental Benefits
And the winners are…
Grand Prize: Global Village Construction Set
Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters that for the last 4 years has been creating the Global Village Construction Set, an open source, low-cost, high performance technological platform that allows for the easy, DIY fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a sustainable civilization with modern comforts. The GVCS lowers the barriers to entry into farming, building, and manufacturing and can be seen as a life-size lego-like set of modular tools that can create entire economies, whether in rural Missouri, where the project was founded, the mountains of Oregon, or in the heart of Africa.
Conserve: Energy Efficient Freezer
Refrigerators use more energy than any other appliance in the average US household. In the US alone there are over 200 million refrigerators silently consuming enormous amounts of electricity. This open source temperature controller combined with a inexpensive chest freezer can outperform any energy star refrigerator by a factor of 2.
Recycling: The Upcycle Exchange
The basic premise of Upcycle Exchange, is that customers of indie crafters can receive incentives, such as discounts on merchandise or other perks, when they collect and donate materials that those crafters use to create their handmade wares. "Member Artists" who sign up to be in the program provide a "Wish-list" of post-consumer items that they use to make their merchandise. Requests could be anything from vintage fabric to license plates, candy wrappers, and everything in between. These lists are then compiled into a categorized master list which is published on the website and promoted on social networks.
Renewable Resources: Algae Farms for Every Home
This teams initiative is to place algae bio reactors in many homes in a neighborhood to both raise awareness of the potential of algae and start a harvesting and growing program. Their goal of producing bio fuel from a small sustainable footprint is focused on a grassroots and communal approach. By utilizing a modular system of reactor vessels, land can be sourced at little to no cost from a grass roots volunteered community and who can install simple fixtures that produce algae crops.
The GomiCycle is a Honda Rebel bike that has been converted into a zero emissions vehicle suitable for commuting in San Francisco. A week's worth of work and basic metal shop is all that is needed to create a bike that can be registered and insured in California. With an onboard 48V charger and 3-prong wall plug hardwired on, recharging is easy anywhere there's a wall outlet. Charging time depends upon how depleted the batteries are, but usually they were topped off after 5-8 hours.
General Environmental Benefits: Green Scientist
Green Scientist is a sustainability education program designed for children ages 4-11. The green scientists program is principally a hands on learning experience and all experiments are designed to use sustainable or recyclable products. Green Scientist strives to use a minimum of 65% sustainable/recyclable/reusable materials for experiments, and every experiment must tie into a ecological or sustainable concept. The program is taught in a series of 7 modules.
Source: Make Magazine