4th Annual Shorty Social Good Awards Categories


See below for official categories. The late entry deadline is on September 18th, 2019 at 11:59pm ET.

Best in Environment & Sustainability

This award honors a program, project, or initiative executed to promote, protect, and preserve our environment.

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1 Million Species at Risk of Extinction: Biodiversity Takes Social Media by Storm
To confront the widest possible range of decision-makers, at every level around the world, with the results of the IPBES #GlobalAssessment Report (also known as the 'Million Species at Risk of Extinction' Report) - the most compelling and comprehensive global evidence ever collected about biodiversity and nature's contributions to people, in order to s...
Conservation Station: Creating a More Resourceful World
Conservation Station: Creating a More Resourceful World aims to create a nationwide dialogue on the importance of students’ understanding of current and future energy needs, resource utilization and conservation. The program materials dive into the relationship between energy and water and how innovative technologies are working to conserve both resources...
EMA Innovator of the Year Challenge
The Environmental Media Association (EMA) created the Future Innovator of the Year Challenge to accomplish the following goals: Bring likeminded individuals together and spread awareness about environmental issues affecting everyone’s daily lives. Seek out the most important innovations moving us into a circular and sustainable economy with busine...
FinalStraw: Saving the oceans one straw at a time
Americans use 500 million straws every day, we’re doing something about it. We’re creating reusable, responsibly made, badass products to empower individuals to change their buying habits and raise awareness about the impacts of our everyday decisions. FinalStraw fits in a sleek carrying case and can hang on your keys. It also serves as a reminder to say ...
Fish Unknown
Relais & Châteaux, as an association of 580 of the world’s top restaurants and hotels, has been supporting and lobbying for sustainable seafood for ten years now. The objective of previous years’ campaigns as well as this year’s has always been to promote ethically sourced fish, mollusks and crustaceans while protecting marine biodiversity. Our marine res...
HEAVY METAL
From 2017 to 2018, the public health community cringed as current e-cigarette use—using JUULs or other vape products—increased 78 percent among high school students, according to CDC research. Since nobody knows the long-term effects of these products, there’s a lot to be concerned about. But short-term effects of JUUL pods and vape pens have a massive en...
Little Choices Lead to Global Change with Hawaii’s “Reef-Safe Sunscreen” Initiative
When Hawaii's coral reefs suffered from unprecedented levels of coral bleaching, a study published by the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology linked oxybenzone, a common chemical found in sunscreen, to coral reef’s declining health. This finding was supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which called for immed...
Lonely Whale Questions How You Hydrate
Lonely Whale Questions How You Hydrate
Lonely Whale develops creative campaigns that raise awareness of the world’s plastic pollution crisis and how dangerous it is to the health of the ocean and species (including humans!) that rely on it. Our renowned “For A Strawless Ocean” campaign will have removed a minimum of 8 billion estimated plastic straws – a common trash item found in the ocean an...
Look Good. Do Good.
At Sperry, we see a cycle in our beloved waters that we can’t ignore. Eight million tons of plastic enter our oceans every year. And by 2050, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish. As a brand that’s anchored by the power and beauty of the sea, we couldn’t sit back and do nothing. That’s why, in March 2019, we drew on founder Paul Sperry’s ...
Loop
At the 2017 World Economic Forum, Tom Szaky of TerraCycle and executives of leading consumer goods manufacturers discussed the idea for restructuring the lifecycle ownership of consumer goods packaging. Single-use packaged goods are cheap for both the consumer and the manufacturer but the low price point does not reflect the effect packaging has when it i...
Love Beauty and Planet: #smallactsoflove for the planet empowering millions to be change makers
Our team knew there was an issue: at today’s rate, it will take 2 planet earths to provide the resources we require by 2050.  And despite our best intentions, we’re all contributing to that imbalance.  Additionally, we knew today’s millennial and Gen Z consumers are looking for companies and brands to do more than simply sell them a great product. They ex...
PACIFIC PLASTIC MONSTER
Plastic: It’s cheap, it’s everywhere, and it never goes away. That water bottle you threw out decades ago? It's still somewhere out there. There are 51 trillion pieces of microplastic - pieces no bigger than a sesame seed - floating in the ocean right now. That’s 500 times more than there are stars in our galaxy. And at the current rate, in just over 30 y...
Run for the Oceans - Together Against Marine Plastic Pollution
We firmly believe that through sport, we have the power to change lives. As ambitious as this goal is, we wanted to widen its scope even more and change the world through sport. We chose to pursue a topic close to our hearts, the oceans. Our main objective was to raise awareness of marine plastic pollution, a detrimental environmental threat affecting our...
THE HUMAN COST OF SMARTPHONES
At the bottom of the multibillion-dollar smartphone industry, child miners labor in harrowing conditions and never see a penny of profits. The Waste-Ed team knew they needed to make a video to raise awareness about this heartbreaking injustice, to prompt consumers to think twice before purchasing a new phone before they need one. Using footage from Amn...
The Amazonian Tribe Defending their Land with Technology
“For thousands of years, we have protected our territory from invaders,” says Opi Nenquimo, one of the Waorani tribe’s own activists. In 2012, the Ecuadorian government announced their intention to auction off vast tracts of Waorani rainforest land for mining and mineral extraction. They designated the area as “block 22”. Suddenly, the Waorani’s nee...
United Airlines Carbon Cutback
United Airlines is the first US carrier to publicly commit to reducing greenhouse emissions, pledging to cut down 50% by 2050 as part of its Eco-Skies initiative. Achieving this goal will eliminate 21 million metric tons of CO2 in the atmosphere per year, which is equivalent to removing 4.5 million cars off the road or eliminating all of the cars in LA an...
WWF - #NoBuildChallenge
The depletion of the earth's natural resources is a major problem which humanity must fight against to save the planet and its inhabitants. Yet every year we continue to use more natural resources than the earth is able to offer.  Today some active young citizens who will inherit the planet left by the older generations are determined to make their voi...

About the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media.

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The Shorty Social good awards late deadline is on september 18, 2019.