Trash, Sustainability, and the Environment

Trash only continues to rise with urban expansion. How can we reduce the amount of trash and lessen its impact on the earth, as well as develop new methods of sustainability and work to protect our environment?

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Submission Deadline

Dec 23, 2016

About This Grant

Trash is a visible manifestation of the ugly side of human technology. Driving ourselves to produce at the enormous scale we do today, creating materials so durable that they will outlast us for thousands of years, we've created a host of environmental and health problems. Many projects in this challenge study the movement and collection of waste in our ecosystems, such as microplastics in the sea.

This challenge also focuses on sustainability efforts and environmental science, such as the use of algae for biofuels, or investigating environmental toxins using novel technology.

How It Works

This grant is for projects that launch crowdfunding campaigns by Jan 10, 2017. The project with the most backers after three weeks will receive an additional $500 grant. Eligible projects must be approved before the launch deadline.

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