Buckminster Fuller Institute Honors Ecovative With Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award

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Green Island, NY, Oct 22 2013 – Today, Ecovative is honored to be selected as the winner of the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Now in its sixth year, The Buckminster Fuller Challenge recognizes bold, visionary, creative initiatives that take a comprehensive, anticipatory, design science approach to radically advance human well-being and the health of our planet’s ecosystems. The award is named after one of the most important futurists and visionaries of the 20th century and has been called “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award.”

Ecovative proudly received the news in a congratulatory phone call this week and will accept the award, including the $100,000 cash prize, at a public ceremony at Cooper Union in New York City on November 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm. Winning the Buckminster Fuller Challenge is a top honor for Ecovative’s team.

“We answered the Buckminster Fuller Challenge because we believe in the power of our people to make a real, positive impact,” said Gavin McIntyre, co-founder and Chief Scientist at Ecovative. “Today, Ecovative looks forward to further answering Bucky’s challenge, as we continue to innovate mycological biomaterials and reach an ideal state, with social and environmental values considered equally with economics.”

In its public statement, the Buckminster Fuller Challenge review team and 2013 jury highlighted Ecovative’s comprehensive approach to solving “one of the most urgent, truly global environmental and social justice crises of our time.” The Buckminster Fuller Institute specifically recognized Ecovative for its closed loop production system using nature’s principles, a model for 21st century social enterprise, a broad-reaching material platform, and its continued commitment to education.

[Ecovative’s] approach, from inception to production, is an extraordinary example of the core tenets of The Buckminster Fuller Challenge’s entry criteria, which require the winning solution to be comprehensive, anticipatory, ecologically responsible, feasible, replicable, and verifiable. From the materials science underpinning their work to the commitment to rewrite the rules regarding the structure and financing of a startup company, Ecovative is a ground-breaking enterprise.

Excerpted from a full statement from the Buckminster Fuller Institute

Join us in celebrating the 2013 Challenge on November 18th, 2013 hosted by the Buckminster Fuller Institute at The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design. The evening will feature a presentation by Ecovative and a keynote address by architect and world-renowned sustainability leader, John Picard. And new this year—Dan Hendrix, CEO of Interface, Inc., will be awarding additional support to one of the four finalists!

The award ceremony is a public event; guests can RSVP at http://bfi.org/2013-ceremony

Ecovative is a Finalist for the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Green Island, NY, Oct 15 2013 – Ecovative’s Mushroom Material platform has been selected as a finalist in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, the prestigious annual design science competition named “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award” by Metropolis Magazine. The Challenge awards $100,000 to support the development and implementation of a whole systems-based solution that has significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems.

Ecovative’s technology resolves critical concerns for waste, energy, and consumer health. Ecovative has harnessed the efficiency of fungi to literally grow an alternative that performs and costs the same as plastic, but is biobased and home compostable. An EPA study found that plastics comprise 25% of landfills by volume and expanded foams are the worst offenders. Petrochemical plastic foams notoriously blow away, becoming litter on land or in ocean gyres. As more cities recognize the hazards of foams, Ecovative offers viable alternatives that reduce waste. Today, companies switch from Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) to Mushroom® Packaging, with added value from lower embodied energy.

“Our technology and mission directly answer the challenges posed by the Buckminster Fuller Institute,” said Gavin McIntyre, Chief Scientist and co-founder of Ecovative. “The news of our selection as a Finalist is exciting and motivating for Ecovative to continue revolutionizing materials for an ideal world.”

Since entering the Challenge, Ecovative has continued to expand the platform of its Mushroom Materials beyond protective packaging. Most recently, the team announced development of a surfboard core grown from Mushroom Materials. In November, as part of a continued commitment to develop sustainable building technologies, Ecovative will join major industry manufacturers at Greenbuild, the annual conference and exposition of the U.S. Green Building Council, promoting green building materials, techniques and products.

After a rigorous vetting process by the Buckminster Fuller Institute’s multi-disciplinary review team, which included an in-depth interview, followed by a review by a distinguished jury, Ecovative’s Mushroom Materials were chosen to be one of only five finalists out of the 300 entries from around the world this year.

The prize will be awarded to the winning entry in an evening ceremony at Cooper Union on November 18th, 2013. In addition to the top prize winner, Challenge sponsor, Interface Inc. will be awarding one of the finalists with significant incubation support. Stay tuned for program details—in the meantime, save the date and RSVP here.

About the Buckminster Fuller Challenge

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge is the premier global competition recognizing initiatives that take a comprehensive, anticipatory, design approach to radically advance human well-being and the health of our planet’s ecosystems. The 2013 Finalists are providing visionary, workable solutions to some of the world’s most significant challenges. The Challenge is a program of The Buckminster Fuller Institute which aims to deeply influence the ascendance of a new generation of design-science pioneers who are leading the creation of an abundant and restorative world economy that benefits all humanity.

Contact: Sam Harrington

Tel: 518-273-3753 x1004

Email: sam@ecovativedesign.com