2012 Award Ceremony.

The Museum of Fine Arts - Houston, Texas

The winners of the 2012 Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development were unveiled at an Oct. 16, 2012 award ceremony in Houston, where Nicholas Negroponte, founder of One Laptop per Child, gave the keynote speech encouraging curiosity, imagination, passion, creativity, and the ability to see things from multiple points of view as instruments of change. Mayor Annise Parker also addressed the audience, highlighting that Houston too thrives on dreams, from building a port – even though the city is miles away from the ocean – to sending men to the moon. In line with its organizational dedication to sustainability, Odebrecht committed to making the awards ceremony carbon-neutral by purchasing carbon offsets for all the guests’ travels.

Winners.

1st

Addressing the Logistical Crisis of Offshore Oil Extraction: A New Model of Water-Based Urbanism in the Pre-Salt Region off the Southeast Coast of Brazil.Rice University

Students

Alexander
Yuen
Joanna
Luo
Weijia
Song

Advising Professor

Neeraj
Bhatia

Executive Summary

This report details the findings of research through the design of a new model of urbanism centered on offshore oil extraction. The project is situated in the Southern Atlantic, along the coast of Brazil where exploration and drilling in the pre-salt of the Campos and Santos Basins is under way. This initiative for the project is propelled by a desire on the part of the Brazilian energy company Petrobras to relocate the region’s workforce offshore on ‘floating frontier islands’, as rigs are set up increasingly further from shore.

Design and research occurred at two scales: those of the masterplan and the island. The masterplan stretches along a territory approximately 600km long around a high concentration of oil rigs. The proposed system relies on centralized pipelines as opposed to shuttle tankers to readdress how oil is transferred from rig to land. Several types of stationary and moving islands are proposed to establish a region that is able to serve ongoing oil extraction and sustain an expected population of 50,000. While each island serves a specific purpose, they are each tied together by the masterplan so as to create a system that is greater than the sum of its individual parts.

2nd

PEGASUS Project: Paper for Education, Growth, and Sustainability – Ethiopia.Johns Hopkins University

Students

Jay
Hyug Choi
Sangkyun
Cho
Victor
Hyun Oh

Advising Professor

Erica
Schoenberger

Executive Summary

One of the most pervasive problems in education in developing countries is the lack of basic academic supplies such as paper, notebooks, and pencils. Stationery supplies are simply too expensive for millions of families that live on less than two dollars a day, and this is one of many socioeconomic factors that contribute to plummeting elementary school attendance rates and poor learning environments for children.

The proposed Pegasus project aims to alleviate this problem by providing underprivileged communities with a small-scale papermaking machine that recycles agricultural waste to produce pulp. It has been designed to specifically target Ethiopia, where more than 70 percent of the population is illiterate, the economy is heavily agriculture-based, and deforestation is severe. With adequate supply of paper, children will have the opportunity to become more engaged in their education and will be better equipped to cultivate basic skills necessary for future productivity and employment.

While the main focus of the project is education, it is Pegasus’s driving philosophy that a technological intervention must also create economic and environmental benefits in order to promote sustainability. Thus the project has been designed to open new markets and employment opportunities for Ethiopian farmers, while minimizing harmful impacts to the environment.

3rd

Recyclability of Oil Contaminated Cardboard.North Carolina State University

Students

Monica
Golike
Nicole
Santos
Richard
Figueroa

Advising Professor

Melissa
Pasquinelli

Executive Summary

This article addresses the challenges faced when recycling paper products after they have come in contact with oils and other contaminants from food. Although the recycling process that is currently used breaks down cardboard to the fiber level for production of new paper products, oil contaminants seep into the core of these fibers making them unsalvageable. If used, these fibers contaminate products made from recycled material degrading their mechanical and aesthetic properties. This article focuses on the recyclability of pizza boxes and proposes three different solutions: addition of a detergent bath to the recycling process, a starch coating to cardboard boxes, and using recycled fibers in a composite alternate uses. These proposed changes will increase the sustainability of paper products in terms of their use in the food packaging industry.

Special Recognition

Florida International University

Keynote Speaker.

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Nicholas Negroponte

Chairman - One Laptop per Child

Nicholas Negroponte is founder and chairman of the One Laptop per Child non-profit. He is currently on leave from MIT, where he was co-founder and director of the MIT Media Laboratory, and the Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Technology. A graduate of MIT, Negroponte was a pioneer in the field of computer-aided design, and has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1966. Conceived in 1980, the Media Laboratory opened its doors in 1985. He is also author of the 1995 best seller, Being Digital, which has been translated into more than 40 languages. In the private sector, Nicholas Negroponte serves on the board of directors for Motorola, Inc. and as general partner in a venture capital firm specializing in digital technologies for information and entertainment. He has provided start-up funds for more than 40 companies, including Wired magazine.

Nicholas Negroponte Chairman - One Laptop per Child

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Judges.

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Harvey M Bernstein

McGraw-Hill Construction

Vice President, Industry Insights & Alliances

MHC’s Harvey Bernstein helps executives Get Smarter to capitalize on opportunities

As vice president of Industry Insights and Alliances, Harvey M. Bernstein leads the company’s thought leadership and green building initiatives and manages its Research and Analytics division, which is responsible for developing and maintaining the company’s construction industry statistics, building stock information, market research, and related industry forecasts. Harvey speaks globally on green building trends and innovation and has presented hundreds of speeches and written numerous papers covering innovation and technology, residential and commercial construction, energy efficiency, energy conservation, and sustainability in the built environment. He is a member of The McGraw-Hill Companies’ Sustainability Business Development Board.

Harvey was a key member of the team that launched McGraw-Hill Construction’s award-winning GreenSource: The Magazine of Sustainable Design, and he co-authored the book Solving the Innovation Puzzle: Challenges Facing the U.S. Design and Construction Industry. In addition, he created the MHC global SmartMarket Report series on key industry trends on such topics as Building Information Modeling (BIM), public private partnerships, retrofit and renovation, water efficiency, industry productivity and innovation, cities of the future, and the built environment.

Prior to joining McGraw-Hill Construction, Harvey served as president and chief executive officer of the Civil Engineering Research Foundation (CERF) and the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC), where he managed offices and business development in South Africa, Europe, China, India, Philippines, and Thailand. Harvey serves as co-chair of the National Building Museum’s Industry Council for the Built Environment; is a member of the Princeton University Civil & Environmental Engineering Advisory Council; and Underwriter Laboratories Environment, Inc. Advisory Council. He is a visiting professor with the University of Reading’s School of Construction Management and Engineering in London, England, where he also serves on their Innovative Construction Research Center Advisory Board.

Harvey has an M.B.A in marketing from Loyola College; an M.S. in engineering from Princeton University; and a B.S. in civil engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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John Briscoe

Harvard University

Professor of the Practice of Environmental Engineering

John Briscoe is Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environment Engineering and Environmental Health at Harvard University where he directs the Harvard Water Security Initiative and is on the faculty of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, School of Public Health and Kennedy School of Government. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on water management and development. In 2010 he was nominated for the Joseph R. Levenson Prize for exceptional teaching of Harvard undergraduates.

His career has focused on the issues of water, other natural resources and economic development. He has worked: as an engineer in the government water agencies of South Africa and Mozambique; as an epidemiologist at the Cholera Research Center in Bangladesh; as a professor of water resources at the University of North Carolina. In his 20-year career at the World Bank he held high-level technical positions (as the Bank’s Senior Water Advisor) and managerial positions (Country Director for Brazil, the World Bank’s biggest borrower). Mr. Briscoe’s role in shaping the governance and strategy of the World Bank is the subject of a chapter in the definitive recent history of the Bank, Sebastian Mallaby’s The World’s Banker (Penguin, 2006).

He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at Harvard University in 1976 and his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering at the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1969.

In addition to his native South Africa, he has lived in the United State, Bangladesh, Mozambique, India and Brazil. He speaks English, Afrikaans, Bengali, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Briscoe was a founding member of the major global water partnerships, including the World Water Council, the Global Water Partnership, and the World Commission on Dams. He has served on the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academy of Sciences and the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum and currently serves as a member of the Council of Distinguished Water Professionals of the International Water Association. His recent consultancies include for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Friends of Democratic Pakistan, the US National Intelligence Council, the National Water Commission of Australia and the OECD. He has published extensively in the media and in professional economic, finance, environmental, health and engineering journals. In recent years he authored the World Bank’s Water Sector Strategy, the Brazil/World Bank Country Partnership Strategy and the Oxford University Press books India's Water Economy: Bracing for a Turbulent Future and Pakistan’s Water Economy: Running Dry.

He is the dam master of the Todd Pond Dam in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

His website is johnbriscoe.seas.harvard.edu

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Manny Diaz

Lydecker Diaz

Senior Partner

A force in local, state and national politics for nearly three decades, Manny Diaz was first elected City of Miami Mayor in 2001, having never before held elective office. He was reelected to a second term in 2005, and was chosen to lead the United States Conference of Mayors as its president in 2008.

Mayor Diaz developed a vision for Miami as an international City that embodies diversity, economic opportunity, effective customer service and a highly rated quality of life. To achieve this goal, he re-engineered Miami government from top to bottom.

During his two-term tenure, Diaz was recognized for completely transforming the City of Miami, and for many nationally recognized innovative programs in the areas of urban design, sustainability and green initiatives, education, infrastructure investment, affordable housing, law enforcement, poverty and homelessness, and arts and culture.

In recognition of his efforts, Diaz has received almost 100 awards and recognitions including, America’s Best Leaders by US News and World Report and The Center for Public Leadership (Kennedy School of Government); the Urban Innovator of the Year by the Manhattan Institute; University of Pennsylvania Institute for Urban Research-Annual Urban Leadership Award; Americans for the Arts-National Award for Local Arts Leadership; American Architectural Foundation Keystone Award; The American Institute of Architects Presidential Citation; the AIA (Miami Chapter)- Governmental Leadership Award; The Congress for the New Urbanism- Groves Award; Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce Power Leader of the Year and Green Visionary Awards; the Government Award by Hispanic Magazine; the Business Leader of the Year Award by South Florida CEO Magazine; and was named an Outstanding American by Choice by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service.

He is a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council of the US Department of Homeland Security and serves as Vice-Chairman of the Alliance for Digital Equality Board of Directors. He also serves as the Chair for Fair Districts Florida and is a member of the Board of the Bloomberg Family Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Urban Research, the League of Conservation Voters, ULI Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use, the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, the National Environmental Education Foundation, City Year Miami, the Florida After School Network, the advisory board for the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Civic Innovation, the advisory board for the Sustainable Cities Institute, the Florida Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and the Florida Steering Committee for The Children’s Movement of Florida.

He recently served as a Resident Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, and has now resumed his successful corporate and real estate law practice as a senior partner at Lydecker Diaz in Miami, Florida.

Harvey M Bernstein

McGraw-Hill Construction

Vice President, Industry Insights & Alliances

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John Briscoe

Harvard University

Professor of the Practice of Environmental Engineering

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Manny Diaz

Lydecker Diaz

Senior Partner

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Scott Kirkpatrick

Coast Builders Coalition

President

Scott Kirkpatrick is an attorney with a focus on government relations. He serves as the President of the Coast Builders Coalition. This non-profit industry association is committed to designing and constructing a sustainable coast for the state of Louisiana. The Coast Builders Coalition is active in promoting innovative restoration and protection solutions, improving collaboration between the public and private sector and championing the need to restore and protect millions of acres of vulnerable wetlands along the coast of Louisiana.

Previously, Mr. Kirkpatrick spent nearly five years working with the Washington, D.C. based consulting firm, the Cypress Group. In addition to his government relations work with the firm, he was part of a team that procured and executed on a $78 million federal housing contract through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the State of Louisiana.

Prior experience includes working in Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco’s office as a policy advisor for natural resources, environment and transportation; serving in the special projects office of former U.S. Senator John Breaux and as a legislative assistant for former U.S. Congressman Richard Baker in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Kirkpatrick received his BA in Government and Religious Studies from the University of Virginia and his JD from Louisiana State University. He and his wife Heather have two daughters, Laura Jane and Virginia.

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Paula Loomis

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Sustainability Program Manager

Paula J. Loomis, FAIA, LEED BD&C, PMP, is the Sustainability Program Manager for the United States Army Corps of Engineers providing sustainability policy, technical assistance and training to USACE engineering and construction worldwide. She has 32 years in federal service with the Air Force, Army, Navy and General Services Administration. She served as the Command Architect for Air Combat Command and Deputy in the Air Force’s BRAC 2005 Base Transition Office. In the private sector, she started the EDAW Virginia Beach office, taught architecture at Hampton University and served as a Site Engineer for McCarthy Brothers Construction. In 2007 she was elevated as a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows and elected to serve on the college’s selection committee from 2008-2011. She holds a Bachelor in Environmental Design, Master of Architecture, Master of Construction Management, Master of Business Administration and is a PhD (ABD) in Urban Studies. In the U.S. Air Force Reserves, Colonel Loomis is the Senior Reservist at the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from the Air War College, Armed Forces Staff College, Air Command and Staff College, AF Squadron Officer School and the Advanced Course at the Joint Forces Staff College. In addition to AIA, she is a member of the American Planning Association, US Green Building Council and a Life Member of the Society of American Military Engineers.

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Brooke Weizmann

American Chemistry Council

Director of Sustainability/ Responsible Care

As Director of Sustainability for the American Chemistry Council and a Director in the ACC’s Responsible Care division, Brooke Weizmann works closely with the chemicals manufacturing industry to enhance sector-wide sustainable performance, promote innovation, and improve employee safety and the health of the communities in which we operate. Focused on improving collaboration to enhance the environmental and social impacts of global supply chains, she manages ACC’s partnerships with downstream customers and marketplace stakeholders to promote sustainable processes and innovation throughout the supply chain. In addition, Brooke is a frequent speaker and sustainability advocate, participating in sustainability events around the globe and representing the chemicals industry to The Sustainability Consortium. Prior to joining ACC, Brooke managed sustainability initiatives for the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), where she managed national campaigns to enhance recycling and recovery, promote sustainable product innovation and sustainable packaging, reduce food waste and increase food donations for Feeding America. Brooke has also worked for Goldman Sachs & Company and the for the Governor’s office of the State of Florida and holds a BA from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

Scott Kirkpatrick

Coast Builders Coalition

President

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Paula Loomis

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Sustainability Program Manager

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Brooke Weizmann

American Chemistry Council

Director of Sustainability/ Responsible Care

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Tom Couling

Zachry Construction Corporation

Corporate Manager, Environment

Mr. Couling manages all aspects of environmental compliance for the Zachry Construction Corporation. He specializes in environmental compliance for large infrastructure projects ranging in construction cost from $800 million to $5.3 billion. With more than 20 years of experience, he has successfully managed compliance on some of the largest and most controversial projects in the U.S. He is experienced in traditional as well as design/build and design/build/operate project delivery methods. He has led the environmental in all phases of infrastructure development from feasibility study/NEPA through construction and has worked for regulatory agencies, consulting engineers, owners and construction companies. He holds a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Minnesota and pursued graduate studies in Environmental Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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Marie Martinko

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association

Director, Industry Affairs - Environment & Health

Marie Martinko leads the development and implementation of environmental, product regulatory, and occupational safety regulatory and technical programs on behalf of member companies in SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association. SPI represents the third largest manufacturing industry in the United States, and its member companies represent the entire plastics industry supply chain, including processors, machinery and equipment manufacturers and raw materials suppliers. As Director, Industry Affairs - Environment & Health, she analyzes and evaluates existing and proposed regulations and policy developments; meets with government agency representatives to promote sound regulations and provide education on SPI member positions and the plastics industry; supports member participation in the regulatory process; collaborates with related industry trade groups and coalitions; manages chemical testing programs and the development of industry resources; and provides representation and advocacy before government agencies on environmental, product regulatory and occupational safety priorities. She holds an MS in Environmental Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and a BS in Chemistry from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey).

Tom Couling

Zachry Construction Corporation

Corporate Manager, Environment

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Marie Martinko

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association

Director, Industry Affairs - Environment & Health

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