5th Annual Shorty Social Good Awards Categories

Entries are now closed. Finalists will be announced in mid-October!

Best in Environment & Sustainability

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

See previous winners and honorees here.
75: A Story about Whales, Fish, and Trees
The objective of this film and reforestation project is to restore healthy habitats for the Southern Resident Orca. One Tree Planted partnered with local organization Promise the Pod to plant over 1.5 million trees in the Pacific Northwest, specifically along the rivers and streams that house salmon populations. This initiative has brought crucial awaren…
Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program
Contact lens wear is a daily routine for millions nationwide. Unfortunately, this means that millions of lenses, blister packs, and top foils are also thrown away each day, having a negative impact on the environment. Due to their small size, contact lenses can get filtered out during standard recycling practices and end up in landfills. Contact lenses also…
Boeing FUTURE U.
FUTURE U. aims to inspire the next generation of aerospace innovation by providing standards-aligned, STEM-focused educational resources for middle and high school students. The program leverages Boeing’s expertise and employee volunteerism, to inspire students inspire students to use creativity, collaboration, persistence and problem-solving to change the …
DBS Giving Tree
Sustainability is at the core of DBS Bank's purpose-driven agenda. We have achieved many firsts in our commitment towards creating a sustainable future. We are amongst the first in Asia to pledge and join global renewable energy initiative RE100. We have also pledged to power 100 percent of our operations in Singapore using renewable energy by 2030. In l…
DBS Sparks Season 2: Everyday Heroes for a Better World
The world is facing complex developmental, social and environmental challenges, not to mention hardships wrought by Covid-19. As a purpose-driven organisation, we believe businesses like DBS have a role to play in helping to find solutions to these challenges.   We sought to go beyond traditional PR and leverage a creative storytelling vehicle to raise a…
Eos Bioreactor
Earth doesn’t have an O2 problem. It has a CO2 problem. At Hypergiant Industries, the AI products and solutions company, solving the world’s biggest problems is our mission. That includes solving problems related to climate change, space exploration, and protecting the infrastructure that makes human life possible. It is clear that the world is in nee…
Fight Forever Chemicals Campaign
The overarching goal of our campaign was to accelerate the passage of policies that would restrict the use of forever chemicals in the US and Europe. We also had two supporting objectives: to raise public and political consciousness of the modern dangers of forever chemicals, and to strengthen the movement of advocates holding the government and industry ac…
Giving Back to Eco-Warriors
🌱 To use our voice to spread optimism and empowerment by celebrating every eco-forward step. 🌱 To sow the seeds of sustainability by giving back 🌱 To challenge our followers to show us the little (or not so little) things they're doing to inspire others to give a sh*t about our planet. 
Goldman Sachs Sustainable Finance Marketing
While Goldman Sachs has been engaged as a leader in sustainable finance innovation for nearly two decades, 2019 marked a notable surge in momentum for the space and the firm’s leadership role within it. With a powerful business case for sustainable growth crystallized, and the consequences of inaction far more apparent, Goldman Sachs believed a rare moment …
IBM + Yara: Building a Digital Farming Platform
The world’s population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, according to the UN. As climate change—extreme weather, soil loss, migration pressures—continues to affect the Earth’s ability to produce food, the agriculture industry is turning to technology for help. Norway-based Yara, one of the world’s largest fertilizer producers, is on a mission to …
In The Know Next Gen: Shannon Lisa
The objective of this series was to highlight Millennial and Gen Z changemakers who are making amazing strides in their chosen fields.
LARQ Delivers Clean Drinking Water While Ending Dependence on Single-Use Plastic
LARQ was started with a simple vision where innovative technology can be combined with inspirational design to help people access pristine drinking water easily and sustainably. As a leading global health and wellness brand, and creator of the world's first self-cleaning water bottle, LARQ's primary objective is to disrupt current consumer behavior to help …
NOVA Polar Lab
In 2019, Thought Café began a collaboration with WGBH to create an interactive multimedia experience to accompany the two-hour PBS Nova documentary Polar Extremes, which chronicles the bizarre climate history of the poles through the story of "strange fossils found in all the wrong places." NOVA Labs have proven to be an effective and engaging way to help s…
Ocean Heroes Bootcamp
11 million metric tons of plastic waste are estimated to enter the ocean each year, and this could triple by 2040. The plastic pollution crisis is severely harming our oceans, and a rising generation of ocean health leaders are fighting back.    Now more than ever, the voices of youth are influencing global culture and decision-making. Understanding t…
Reducing Food Waste: Upcycling Avocado Pits
Studies have shown the average American wastes 290 pounds of food per year. Further, estimates suggest that 94% of food that’s thrown away ends up in a landfill. Chipotle is known for our infamous guac (and, yes, it costs extra). To feed the global guac addiction, requires a lot of avocados. In fact, we are one of the largest restaurant purchasers of avo…
Rethinking Single-Use Plastic Production; Why Boxed Water is Better
As the first national company to offer a sustainable alternative to plastic water bottles, Boxed Water™ has always been ahead of its time. This year, the brand pushed the beverage industry forward again and became the most sustainable brand in the category with their 92% plant-based packaging and innovative plant-based plastic cap. Recently, the world wi…
Sea of Shadows
The primary objective of the Sea of Shadows impact strategy was to significantly move the needle forward on the long-term survival of the world’s most endangered marine mammal — the vaquita marina. Drawing on current research in science communication, behavior change, and conservation diplomacy, the film and impact campaign set out to accomplish that goal t…
Subaru Drives Awareness to Keep Our National Parks Clean
Protecting the environment is just as important to Subaru as protecting their drivers and passengers. As part of the brand’s mission to be more than just a car company, they dedicate resources to the causes that matter to its customer base and align with the brand’s values. With their earth-friendly partners, Subaru is dedicated to preserving our planet in …
The Ash Globe
For the first time ever in Sydney, it snowed at Christmas. But it wasn't a white Christmas, it was snowing ash.  As it rained down on cities across the east coast and our skies were choked with apocalyptic smoke from the worst bushfires in our country’s history, we looked to our leaders to do something..anything, but they refused to acknowledge the facts…
The Other Bar
“Be Radical, Choose Equality” is the message from UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) and the FairChain Foundation for the launch of The Other Bar, a chocolate bar that challenged consumers to take direct action against poverty.  Launched in the UK in November 2019, this experiment piloted a new way of doing business with developing-world produce…
The revenge of the junk | Anti-littering project by CleanMyMac X
Littering is an ever-increasing worldwide problem. The well-being of people, animals, and the environment is compromised by litter. People can become injured by items such as broken glass and are susceptible to disease caused by unsanitary conditions. Animals are at risk to ingest garbage and become trapped and debilitated by waste. 9 billion tons of lit…
Thrive Market's COVID-19 Relief Fund
In an effort to help those hit the hardest by the Coronavirus pandemic, Thrive Market put a COVID-19 Relief Fund in place to provide access to healthy living for those affected by the pandemic. Staying true to Thrive Market’s core mission to make healthy living easy and accessible for everyone, the brand launched this Relief Fund for medical professional…
TimberTech Environment and Sustainability
As the industry-leading manufacturer of beautiful, low-maintenance building products, TimberTech is steadfast in their commitment to accelerating the use of recycled materials. Up to 100% of the wood and plastic in the cores of TimberTech capped composite deck boards is made from recycled materials, making the entire board comprised of up to 80% recycled co…
Towards A Plastic Free Bahamas
The Bahamas is blessed with stunning water and abundant flora & fauna. But there is a flip side to our “paradise.” Our delicate ecosystem, which is so fundamental to our health and livelihoods, is in serious danger. The culprit? Us. Time to wake up. To join a host of enlightened countries who are banning single-use plastics and Styrofoam. To think beyond to…
Travel Better
Cool Effect - a non-profit fighting the climate crisis by supporting carbon reduction projects across the globe - sought out to educate businesses and individuals about ways to Travel Better with a multi-pronged campaign spanning Q4 2019 and H1 2020.    To kick off the campaign and help Cool Effect to nurture existing and new relationships with key bu…
Treehugger
Treehugger’s mission is “Sustainability for All,” which is a simple, clear mission statement that everyone should feel and experience access to sustainable living solutions. Launched in 2004, Treehugger intended early-on to make it easier for consumers to shift buying decisions in a greener direction by making it convenient to research and purchase environm…

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finalists for the 5th annual shorty social good awards will be announced in mid-october!