The Sustainability Prize


This June, four finalists for the 2017 Sustainability Prize at EARTH University were selected.


This $10,000 prize has been sponsored by The Sustainability Laboratory since 2009, in recognition of the graduation project that best incorporates The Lab’s “Five Core Principles of Sustainability.”

The four finalists were chosen from among eight projects, represented by 12 students, who all had the chance to present their projects to the jury, faculty and fellow students.

The results are as follows:

Finalist #1: Emilio Patricio Suárez, “Preparation of biodegradable substitutes for plastic materials.”


Finalist #2: Gerson Bringuez, “Family Business Development for the ALCOR Brand in Guatemala”


Finalist #3: Johanna Carmona, “Creating a pilot for a production network and marketing plan for small producers through contract farming in the Municipality of La Unión, Antioquia, Colombia”


Finalist #4: Jhoselyn Dayana Mendoza and Kalem García Abad, “Purification of salt water using green energy”


Congratulations to all the participants for their entrepreneurial efforts, especially those that made it through to the final. They will be entitled to financing for realization of the project prototype. In the next year, they will refine this idea and present it in the “Finals” for The Sustainability Prize. Best of luck to you all!


Michael Ben-Eli of The Lab with the Sustainability Prize 2017 Finalists

The 2016 Prize will be awarded in December.

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