2009 Innovation Award Winners

Click here to view the video from SVN's 2009 Innovation Awards Ceremony held at SVN's Fall 2009 Conference in La Jolla, California, from October 22 - 25th. 

Sam Goldman & Ned Tozun

D .light Design

Sam Goldman and Ned Tozun founded D.light Design, an international consumer products company that serves customers without access to reliable electricity. The mission of D.light is to enable households without reliable electricity to attain the same quality of life as those with electricity, beginning with replacing every kerosene lantern with clean, safe, and bright light. D.light has sold tens of thousands of solar lanterns, providing bright light to over 300,000 individuals in India, East Africa and around the world. 

Sam Goldman Ned Tozun


Shannon Boase

Earthcycle Packaging

Shannon Boase is founder and CEO of Earthcycle Packaging. Earthcycle has used the design brilliance of nature to develop innovative sustainable packaging made from a renewable resource, palm fiber, which composts in less than 90-days, turning into a healthy contribution to the soil. The reuse of palm fiber also eliminates the air pollution that results from the burning of the fibers. Having gained immediate momentum in the US and Canada, Earthcycle’s packaging is now currently available in select Wal-Mart, Publix, Safeway, Loblaw's, Kroger and Wegmans, among other retailers.

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Mark Hanis

Genocide Intervention Network

Genocide Intervention Network empowers individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide. As a grandchild of four Holocaust survivors, Mark Hanis became involved in the anti-genocide movement when he was outraged by the international community’s inaction when the Darfur conflict began. Based on Genocide Intervention Network’s investment guidelines, institutional investors in 27 states, 23 U.S. cities and 61 universities have adopted placed targeted restrictions on their Sudan-linked investments, and eighteen countries have launched divestment campaigns based on the model.

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Brent Baker

Tri-State Biodiesel

Brent Baker is the CEO, and founder of New York City based, Tri-State Biodiesel (TSB). Under Brent's leadership, TSB is the first, most well-known, and biggest biodiesel company in the region, and a national leader in urban, sustainable biodiesel. Brent is a pioneer of the biodiesel movement and has been a biodiesel educator and since the fuel emerged in the United States about 14 years ago. He is now a nationally known spokesman on biodiesel and related issues.

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Gregg Keesling

Recycleforce

Recycleforce's dual mission is to help formerly incarcerated individuals successfully transition back into civil society by providing transitional employment supported by a host of social services and to keep as much waste as possible – especially electronic waste – out of Indiana’s landfills. Recycleforce launched its first recycling enterprise in late 2005 with 2 employees. It has grown to 56 employees and processed 5 million pounds of electronic waste. Recycleforce has served more than 190 formerly incarcerated individuals with a recidivism rate of 11%, a dramatic improvement over the national norm of 70%.

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