Island Innovation Awards 2021

Island Innovation Awards 2021

Island Innovation Awards 2021

About Island Awards

In partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative, the Island Innovation Awards will showcase the latest innovations driving positive change across island communities. The awards ceremony will take place in December.

    • There will be 12 award categories.

 

    • Organizations and individuals across remote, rural and island communities will have the opportunity to apply.

 

    • The selection and judging will be a highly transparent process, ensuring the integrity of the process and validating the winners.

 

    • The focus of the awards will be on sharing the how of success from the winners, so other communities may benefit.

Island Innovation Awards 2021

Island Innovation Awards 2021

Island Innovation Awards 2021

Award Categories

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Future Island Leader Award

An inspirational young person who has demonstrated leadership in spearheading transformative change for their island community. The recipient will be under the age of 30 and have developed a novel and impactful initiative that is already driving substantial benefits for a broad range of islanders.

Recipient: Inspirational Youth Leader

1. Future Island Leader Award

Applications Opening Soon

Island Innovator Award

An islander who has had a significantly positive impact on the lives of a broad cross-section of island community members through the implementation of innovative new technologies, initiatives or activities. The recipient will be someone who has developed one or more solutions to island issues that have achieved substantial positive impact. This award will recognize talented individuals and inspire islanders to develop innovations beneficial to island communities.

Recipient: Inspirational Innovative Islander

2. Island Innovator Award

Applications Opening Soon

Women SDG Leadership Award

Wide ranging evidence demonstrates that when women are engaged in leadership roles, whether in government, the private sector, or civil society, outcomes are more likely to be inclusive and bring positive results in areas such as cooperation, education, health care and more. Women’s leadership has been shown to lead to positive social outcomes not just for fellow women but for communities as a whole. This award will inspire other women to become leaders by showing concrete examples within a community when women are in leadership roles, and are focused on one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Recipient: This award will recognize an outstanding woman leader who is driving positive social, economic, or environmental change in her country, island, or community.

3. Women SDG Leadership Award

Applications Opening Soon

Most Impactful Island Innovation Ambassador

An Island Innovation Ambassador who most embodies the values and mission of Island Innovation. The recipient of the award will be a member of the 2021 Ambassador Program who has contributed to the Island Innovation community in a novel way, as well as contributing to the sustainability of their island. This award will recognise the effort and contribution of an individual on the Island Innovation Ambassador Program who has been active throughout 2021 and contributed to both the international network and create change for their community, such as running a Hub or other initiative. This award will be decided by the Island Innovation team and is not open to applications or nominations.

Recipient: Impactful Island Innovation Ambassador

4. Most Impactful Island Innovation Ambassador

This award will be decided by the Island Innovation team and is not open to applications or nominations.

PROJECT AWARDS

Sustainable Energy Initiative of the Year

This award is for an energy project that has made a significant positive impact on island communities including factors such as reducing price, decarbonization and energy security. The recipient of the award will be an impactful sustainable energy project, with positive implications for the local economy, community and environment. The project will have opened new possibilities and opportunities, with the potential for global replication.

Recipient: Impactful Sustainable Energy Project

5. Sustainable Energy Initiative of the Year

Applications Opening Soon

Resilient Island Award

An island that has implemented initiatives to develop and strengthen community disaster resilience, in the face of challenges such as climate change, COVID-19, economic issues, social tensions and more. The award will be presented to an island or island group in which the government, a community organization, or a consortium of organizations and government have been working towards developing resiliency. This award will inspire other island governments or community organizations to work towards making their islands more resilient in the face of disasters.

Recipient: Island Implementing Innovative Community Resiliency Initiatives

6. Resilient Island Award

Applications Opening Soon

COVID-19 response award

This award is for an organization that has made a significant positive impact on its people and geographical area through the implementation of an effective COVID-19 response. The recipient of the award will be any organization that has responded to the threat of COVID-19 in an innovative way, to respond to the health, economic or social crises.

Recipient: Effective & Innovative COVID-19 Response Strategy

7. COVID-19 response award

Applications Opening Soon

Blue Economy initiative award

This award is for an island initiative that has strongly contributed to the preservation of the marine environment while looking at the “Blue Economy” as an opportunity for island communities. The recipient of the award will be a project that has implemented an initiative with a significant positive impact on the ocean.

Recipient: Impactful Blue Economy Initiative

8. Blue Economy initiative award

Applications Opening Soon

ORGANIZATION AWARDS

Sustainable Company of the Year

This award is for an island-based company that promotes sustainability solutions for their island. The recipient of the award will be a start-up business, community enterprise or similar that uses sustainable practices at the core of its operations, and has introduced new, or improved existing goods, services or strategies to help island communities become more sustainable.

Recipient: Island-Based Social Enterprise

9. Sustainable Company of the Year

Applications Opening Soon

Most Transformational Government Sustainability Initiative of the Year

This award is for a new local, regional or national government initiative that has made a significant positive impact on its people and geographical area. The recipient of the award will be a government ministry, department, institution or agency that has created an initiative that has opened new possibilities and opportunities on their island. This award will inspire other island governments to start initiatives that help to positively transform the lives of their citizens. Initiatives may include new educational programs, improvements to housing or public transport, a transition to renewable energy, or a successful job creation program.

Recipient: Transformative Public Sector Sustainability Initiative

10. Most Transformational Government Sustainability Initiative of the Year

Applications Opening Soon

Green Finance and Investment Award

An island-based organization that provides green finance and investment opportunities to the local community in which it is based. The recipient of the award will be given to an organization that provides access to finance or financial tools centered around sustainability, while also supporting the local community. This award will recognize the importance of green finance and investment and inspire other organizations to start offering it.

Recipient: Sustainable Company In The Finance Sector

11. Green Finance and Investment Award

Applications Opening Soon

Innovative research

Innovative and novel research with practical applications that creates an opportunity to drive positive change for islands. The research will have been conducted by or in partnership with an island-based academic institution by an individual or group. This research has either opened new possibilities in the island community, or will do in the future, and must have practical applications or create an opportunity to drive positive change.

Recipient: Innovative Research Team

12. Innovative Island Research Award

Applications Opening Soon

Island Innovation Awards 2021 

Island Innovation Awards 2021 

Island Innovation Awards 2021 

Meet Our Jury

Dr. Daniel M. Kammen

Professor of Energy, University of California, Former Science Envoy, US Department of State

Dr. Daniel M. Kammen holds the James and Katherine Lau Distinguished Chair in Sustainability at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group where he serves as Chair, the Goldman School of Public Policy where he directs the Center for Environmental Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. Kammenis the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory(RAEL; http://rael.berkeley.edu). He was the director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center from 2007 – 2015.

Kammen was appointed by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in April 2010 as the first energy fellow of the Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) initiative. He began service as the Science Envoy for U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry in 2016, but resigned over President Trump’s policies in August, 2017. He has served the State of California and US federal government in expert and advisory capacities, including time at the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Energy, the Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Dr. Kammen was educated in physics at Cornell (BA 1984) and Harvard (MA 1986; PhD 1988), and held postdoctoral positions at the California Institute of Technology and Harvard. He was an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Program at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University before moving to the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Kammen has served as a contributing or coordinating lead author on various reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1999.The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

In 2020 Kammen was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences..

Kammen helped found over 10 companies, including Enphase that went public in 2012, Renewable Funding (Renew Financial) a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) implementing company that went public in 2014. Kammen played a core role in developing the successful bid for the $500 million energy biosciences institute funded by BP.

During 2010-2011 Kammen served as the World Bank Group’s first Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. While there Kammen worked on the Kenya-Ethiopia “green corridor” transmission project, Morocco’s green transformation, the 10-year energy strategy for the World Bank, and on investing in household energy and gender equity. He was appointed to this newly-created position in October 2010, in which he provided strategic leadership on policy, technical, and operational fronts. The aim is to enhance the operational impact of the Bank’s renewable energy and energy efficiency activities while expanding the institution’s role as an enabler of global dialogue on moving energy development to a cleaner and more sustainable pathway. Kammen’s work at the World Bank included funding electrified personal and municipal vehicles in China, and the $1.24 billion transmission project linking renewable energy assets in Kenya and Ethiopia.

He has authored or co-authored 12 books, written more than 400 peer-reviewed journal publications, and has testified more than 40 times to U.S. state and federal congressional briefings, and has provided various governments with more than 50 technical reports. For details see http;//rael.berkeley.edu/publications. Dr. Kammen also served for many years on the Technical Review Board of the Global Environment Facility. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal Environmental Research Letters since its founding in 2006.

Kammen is a frequent contributor and commentator in the international news media, including Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Financial Times. Kammen has appeared on ‘60 Minutes’ (twice), NOVA, Frontline, and hosted the six-part Discovery Channel series Ecopolis. Dr. Kammen is a Permanent Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Society. In the US, has served on several National Academy of Sciences boards and panels.

Dr. Daniel M. Kammen

Professor of Energy, University of California, Former Science Envoy, US Department of State

Anote Tong

Former President of Kiribati

Anote Tong was President of the Republic of Kiribati having served the maximum three term limit between 2003 to 2016. During his terms in office he was responsible for drawing international focus of attention tothe human dimension of climate change by highlighting the existential threat faced by his people and those of other vulnerable countries on the frontline of the impacts of climate change, many of which are in the Pacific Region.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) projections ofsea level rise will render these island nations uninhabitable even submerged well within the century and President Tong has been campaigning for credible options for securing the future of thesecommunities. He was responsible for declaring what was then the largest marine protected area when he closed off more than 400 thousand sq. km of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) in 2008 from any extractiveindustries. PIPA has since been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. For his advocacy work on climate change and ocean conservation during his terms in office and since retiring from office, Anote Tong has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize, was awarded the Sun HakPeace Prize in 2015, the Peter Benchley Award, the Edmund Hilary Award and a number of other acknowledgements of his work.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Canterbury, NZ, his Masters in Economic from the London School of Economics and an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from The National Pukyong University, South Korea and an Honorary Doctorate in Law from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji.

Anote Tong

Former President of Kiribati

Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu

Former UN-OHRLLS

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Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu

Former UN-OHRLLS

Celeste Connors

Executive Director, Hawai'i Green Growth Local2030 Hub

Celeste Connors has twenty years of experience working at the intersection of economic, environment, energy, and international development policy. Before joining Hawai‘i Green Growth, she was CEO and co-founder of cdots development LLC, which works to build resilient infrastructure systems and services in vulnerable communities. Celeste previously served as the Director for Environment and Climate Change at the National Security Council and National Economic Council in the White House where she helped shape the Administration’s climate and energy policies, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Prior to joining the White House, Celeste served as a diplomat in Saudi Arabia, Greece, and Germany. She also held positions at the U.S. Mission to the UN, served as the Climate and Energy Advisor to the Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and worked for City of New York.

Celeste is a Senior Adjunct Fellow at the East-West Center and was a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in the Energy, Resources and Environment Program. She holds an MSc in Development Studies from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a BA in International Relations from Tufts University. Celeste has served on numerous boards including her current service on Hawaiian Electric Industries, the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), the Institute for Sustainability and Resilience at the University of Hawaii and Icebreaker One. She previously served on the Board of America’s Service Commissions, the IUCN World Conservation Congress National Host Committee, and was a Term Member on the Council on Foreign Relations. Celeste grew up in Kailua, O‘ahu.

Celeste Connors

CEO and Executive Director, Hawaii Local2030 Hub and Hawaii Green Growth, former Director for Climate Change and Environment, National Security Council at The White House

Henk Rogers

President, Blue Planet Alliance

From international gaming phenomena to game-changing initiatives, Dutch-born entrepreneur and innovator Henk Rogers continues to pave the way in regenerating our home planet.

Starting his career in computer gaming more than three decades ago, Rogers revolutionized the industry by creating Japan’s first Role-Playing Game (RPG) and later bringing the legendary game Tetris, to the world.

Since then, Rogers has dedicated his career to research, development, advocacy and implementation of renewable energy sources.

HisBlue Planet Foundation(BPF) in Honolulu, has led efforts to pass the nation’s first 100 percent renewable energy mandate, requiring the State of Hawaii to commit to switching to 100 percent renewable sources of electricity by 2045.BPF also helped to change Hawaiian Electric Industries’ business model, enabling them to make money by switching to renewable resources.

His newest initiative, Blue Planet Alliance (BPA) based out of New York City, is expanding BPF’s “mandate first, business model second” approach to international regions and countries. BPA is driving global systemic change by developing projects that change behaviors of people, companies, towns and countries, toward sustainability.

Rogers continues to explore renewable energy opportunities through his Blue Planet Research, which conducts R&D at his off-grid ranch on Hawaii Island.

He also serves as a board member for the American Renewable Energy Institute and Global Institute of Sustainability.

Henk Rogers

President, Blue Planet Alliance

Maria Concepción

Program Manager, Oxfam America

María O. Concepción Díaz is an experienced program manager with a demonstrated history of working in program, policy, and advocacy spaces of large international non-profits and the public sector. She is a passionate advocate for inclusive energy solutions who thrives developing civic engagement strategies for under-served communities. She has held leadership positions in a variety of US-based NGOs, governments and coalitions. She has managed several large solar energy pipeline projects and has a deep understanding of the strategic and operational requirements for mobilizing citizens towards renewable energy projects.
Maria Concepción

Program Manager, Oxfam America

Tavish Scott

Chief Executive Officer at Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation, former Member of the Scottish Parliament and Minister for Transport and Telecommunications

Tavish Scott is Chief Executive of the Scottish Salmon Producers Association. He previously was Head of External Affairs for Scottish Rugby (2019-20) and MSP for Shetland (1999-2019).

He served as a government minister in various portfolios, held various parliamentary positions and is a former leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

Tavish is non-executive director of Shetland Space Centre and is on the board of Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association, part of the UK Wide People for Places Group, and a visiting Professor for the Aberdeen Business School at Robert Gordon University.

Tavish has an honours degree in Business Management from Napier Edinburgh University

Tavish Scott

Chief Executive Officer at Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation, former Member of the Scottish Parliament and Minister for Transport and Telecommunications

Christine Milne

Current Global Greens Ambassador, former Leader of the Australian Greens and former Senator for Tasmania

Christine Milne was the Leader of the Australian Greens from 2012 to 2015 in the Australian Parliament. She was elected to represent Tasmania in the federal parliament in 2004 after a distinguished career in the Tasmanian state parliament (1989-98). She was instrumental in developing the Clean Energy Package, which was the core legislation responsible for addressing global warming. Christine also served on the Global Council of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from 2000-2008 with four years as one of the four global Vice Presidents. She represented the organization at the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention.

Christine was the first woman to lead a political party in Tasmania and is a leader in the environment movement in Australia and overseas. She was appointed to the United Nations Environment Programme’s Global 500 Roll of Honour in 1990 and has received many awards during her distinguished career. She has also been awarded the Inaugural Women in Leadership Award for Tasmania in 2015. She is currently a Patron of the Australian Solar Council, an advisory board member of the Climate Accountability Institute in the USA , an Ambassador of the 100% Renewable Energy Campaign of the World Future Council and the Global Greens Ambassador.

Christine Milne

Current Global Greens Ambassador, former Leader of the Australian Greens and former Senator for Tasmania

James Michel

Former President of the Republic of the Seychelles

James Alix Michel was the third President of the Republic of Seychelles between April 2004 and October 2016. Prior to this he was the Vice-President and the longest serving Cabinet minister in Seychelles, serving a total of 39 years in the Cabinet. He is the patron of the James Michel Blue Economy Research Institute and also patron of the Jj Spirit Foundation. He is the Chancellor of the University of Seychelles.
James Michel

Former President of the Republic of the Seychelles

Hilary Beckles

Vice-Chancellor, University of the West Indies

Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, 8th Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is a distinguished academic, international thought leader, United Nations committee official, and global public activist in the field of social justice and minority empowerment.

Sir Hilary has had widespread Caribbean and global recognition for his academic achievements and leadership expertise. He was called upon by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to serve as an inaugural member of his Science Advisory Board on Sustainable Development. He also served as an advisor to UNESCO’s Cities for Peace Global Program, and was an advisor to the UN World Culture Report. He is also a consultant for the UNESCO Cities for Peace Global Programme.

Hilary Beckles

Vice-Chancellor, University of the West Indies

Peter Thompson

UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean

In 2017, the United Nations Secretary-General Guterres appointed Ambassador Peter Thomson of Fiji as his Special Envoy for the Ocean, aiming at galvanizing concerted efforts to follow up on the outcomes of the 2017 United Nations (UN) Ocean Conference, maintaining the momentum for action to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Mr. Thomson leads UN's advocacy and public outreach efforts inside and outside of the UN system, ensuring that the many positive outcomes of The 2017 Ocean Conference, including the over 1500 voluntary commitments, are analysed and implemented. He also works with civil society, the scientific community, the private sector, and other relevant stakeholders, to coalesce and encourage their activities in support of the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14.

Mr. Thomson brings a distinguished experience in diplomatic services and is familiar with the work of the United Nations, including as Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN and President of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, during which he provided visionary leadership in guiding the preparation of The 2017 Ocean Conference.

Elected President of the Assembly of the International Seabed Authority's 2011-2012 session and President of the Council of the Authority's 2015-2016 session, Mr. Thomson chaired the Group of 77 and China (2013) and served as President of the Executive Board of UN Development Programme/UN Population Fund/UN Office for Programme Support (UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS) from 2014 to 2015. As a civil servant in the Government of Fiji, he devoted many years of his life to working in the fields of rural development and then foreign affairs.

Peter Thompson

UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean

Karine Claireaux

Honorary Mayor of Saint-Pierre and former Senator of the Republic of France

Honorary Mayor of Saint-Pierre and former Senator of the Republic of France

Karine Claireaux is a recipient of the French Customs Service Medal of honour. She has worked as a government official with the French Customs Service since 1981 and was seconded for elective duties from April 2000 to August 2020.

Karine has served as a Town Councillor of Saint-Pierre since 1983. She became the Deputy Mayor of Saint-Pierre from 1989 to 2001 and was in charge of social and maritime and port issues. She was elected Mayor of Saint-Pierre in 2001, reelected in 2008 and then again in 2014. During the successive mandates, between 2014 and 2020, a voluntary waste management policy was set up. The ‘Zero Waste’ policy has earned the town of Saint-Pierre three Eco-Mayors awards, in recognition of the voluntarism and originality of the project.

Karine served as Vice-President of the General Council from 2000 to 2006. From 2011 to 2017 she was a Senator of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon. She was a member of the Local Finance Committee, from 2009 to 2016.

Karine has been a member of the Overseas Maritime Committee, in charge of developing a sustainable local maritime policy, since its creation in 2010, up to 2021. She has been a member of the monitoring committee for the Ocean Round Table since 2009. She has been a member of the French Agency for Biodiversity (now the French Office for Biodiversity) since its creation.

Since 2012, Karine has been a member of ANEL, the National Association of Elected Officials of the Coast, an association bringing together elected officials of coastline municipalities. From 2013 to 2021, she has been a member of the CNML, the National Council of the Sea and Coastal Zone. She served as President of the Board of the CNML from November 2014 to February 2021. Karine is a member of the France Maritime Committee, which brings together the maritime economic sectors and the public authorities.

She has been a member of the Compost plus Network since 2014 and was the Network President from November 2019 to February 2021. The aim of this Network is to increase the separate collection of bio-waste, as well as to promote the sector and the production of quality compost.

Karine was the Vice-President of the CNPEOM, the National Commission for the Evaluation of Overseas State Policies, from May 2013 to September 2017. She was Secretary-General of the Executive Board of the IGPOM, the Parliamentary Intergroup on Overseas territories from May 2013 to September 2017, and the Vice-President of the Senate Overseas Delegation from September 2014 to September 2017. She is a founding member (1992) of the Lions Club International.

Karine Claireaux

Honorary Mayor of Saint-Pierre and former Senator of the Republic of France

Island Innovation Awards 2021

Island Innovation Awards 2021

Island Innovation Awards 2021

Awards Process

The nomination process will begin following the Virtual Island Summit 2021 (6th-12th September 2021).

Application Process

Step 1

For each award, applications will open through the website. Individual awards will be open to applications or nominations.

Step 2

We recommend including a short video submission with applications. This could be an existing video but does not need to be professionally edited.

Step 3

For each of the awards, we emphasize the importance of the Quadruple Helix Model (government, society, academic research, and business) for cross-sectoral collaboration.

Step 4

Once the deadline has been reached, we will stop accepting any new nominations or applications.

Winners

The winners will be announced during a live awards ceremony in December and their awards will be presented to them.

Following the final awards ceremony, we will continue to share the details of the winners and the finalists to help them to gain exposure, so that our global island community can learn about the amazing work that they are doing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for an award category?

Select which award category you would like to apply to be entered for and click on the application form, fill it in and then click submit once it has been completed.

How do I nominate someone else or an organization for an award category?

Select which award category you would like to nominate someone for and click on the nomination form, fill it in and then click submit once it has been completed. Please note nominations are only possible for the individual categories.

Where will the award ceremony be broadcast?

The award ceremony will be live broadcast via Zoom and streamed live to the Island Innovation Facebook page. The ceremony will also be recorded.

Can I sponsor the event or an individual award?

We have limited opportunities for sponsors of specific sessions or the event as a whole. If you are interested in sponsoring the event please get in touch.

Will there be a prize for the Island Innovation Awards?

Prizes will be in the form of recognition only, and there is no monetary prize or otherwise for winners of the awards.