NationSwell and Toyota set out to find some of the highest potential innovators and entrepreneurs who are rolling up their sleeves and working on the most important environmental issues of our time.
After reviewing hundreds of nominations, we are excited to share the winners of the Be a Vehicle of Change contest.
- First Place Prize Winner: Jackson Koeppel, Soulardarity
- Second Place Prize Winner: Sam Teicher, Coral Vita
- Third Place Prize Winner: Nicole Bassett, The Renewal Workshop
Jackson, Sam, and Nicole will all receive a monetary grant to do more good, along with a 3- to 5-minute video produced by NationSwell highlighting their work.
- Ben Kneppers, Bureo
- Daphna Nissenbaum, TIPA
- Hannah Dehradunwala, Transfernation
- Julie & Scott Brusaw, Solar Roadways
- Lisa Dyson, Kiverdi
- Michael Aiken, Romabio
- Topher White, Rainforest Connection
All runners-up will be featured in a 500- to 750-word article showcasing their work.
GOING BEYOND ZERO IMPACT
Toyota is committed to realizing sustainable development together with society, and to do that, they’ve created the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050. By 2050, Toyota has pledged to go beyond a zero environmental impact, achieve a net positive impact, and has set six initiatives to get them there. In partnership with Toyota, NationSwell’s “Be a Vehicle of Change” contest will highlight and empower the innovators and entrepreneurs who are working on the most pressing environmental issues of our time.
In 2015, Toyota introduced the Mirai, a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. It’s one of the world’s first mass-produced, hydrogen fuel cell, electric vehicles. It competes with traditional vehicles – but uses no gasoline. Instead, the Mirai creates electricity and emits nothing but water vapor. The Mirai is a Vehicle of Change that will help change the future of the mobility.