The tough task of whittling down 776 applications is being led by a group of Ecover aficionados and external experts across Europe.
They’re looking for nature-based solutions that not only work with nature to reduce the impact of climate change, but also regenerate the environment. Solutions like restoring forests. It can help prevent flooding of local communities, but will also increase biodiversity and store carbon. Win win.
With that in mind, meet our panel of judges.
Tom has been working for Ecover/Method for 15 years, where he is responsible for the long-term innovation strategy and sustainability of the different categories of Ecover/Method products (laundry, cleaning, dishwashing, home care and personal care). Getting inspiration out of biomimicry and system thinking, he has been laying out an ambitious roadmap for the company to inspire transformative change towards a restorative business model. Tom is also on the board of Kringwinkel, a Belgian organisation that gives a second life to what otherwise would be waste.
Sarah is the Head of European Communications at Ecover, responsible for all public relations and communications strategies for the brand across Europe. Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in communications and prior to Ecover has worked in both in-house and PR agency roles. She is responsible for the delivery and communications of the Fertilise the Future Fund.
Laura is Ecover’s lead Greenskeeper (aka head of sustainability) so it’s her job to ensure that Ecover puts sustainability at the heart of everything it does. She has a passion for systems change and believes in the power of brands and business to find creative solutions to our environmental crisis. In her role, she’s on a mission to create sustainable products and programmes that will catalyse change in the industry. Laura is a Trustee at Forum for the Future, a leading international sustainability non-profit.
Tom is a co-founder of Nothing Works – a mobilising unit that accelerates system changing movements through radical collaboration, co-creation, experiential learning and mass participation.
With a masters in Biochemistry from Oxford, Tom started at P&G in R&D, moving into leadership roles at WPP and Oliver Wyman Group supporting clients like Coca-Cola, Nestle, Nokia, Nike and Unilever.
Since 2009, his work shifted towards social and environmental innovation, co-founding Good for Nothing – a creative generosity network and The Wild Network- a movement to reconnect kids with nature. He specialises in helping diverse groups to collaborate and innovate around systemic challenges.
Dan is a creative strategist, catalyst, activist, co-designer and guide with deep experience of harnessing creativity and collaboration for positive social, ecological and climate action. He works across multiple sectors from the grassroots, arts, activism, conservation, NGO to global brands.
He’s a co-founder of Nothing Works/Good for Nothing, Co-Pilot of Wild Labs/The Wild Network and hosts The SpaceShip Earth podcast. He regularly writes, talks and serves as a learning guide exploring brand activism, participation culture, deepening our relationship with the natural world and creative experimentation in unravelling times.
Natalie Fée is an award-winning environmentalist, author of How to Save the World for Free, speaker and founder of City to Sea, a UK-based organisation running campaigns to stop plastic pollution at source.
In 2019 Natalie won the Sunday Times Volvo Visionaries Award for her campaign work with City to Sea, and in 2018 she was listed as one of the UK’s ‘50 New Radicals’ by The Observer / Nesta. In the same year the University of the West of England awarded her the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of her services to the environment. She won the Sheila McKechnie Award for Environmental Justice in 2017 for City to Sea’s #SwitchtheStick campaign and is proud to have been named Bristol 24/7’s Woman of the Year for 2018.
Natalie also sits on the Bristol Advisory Committee for Climate Change.
Dr. Sander Jacobs – Economical ecologist
Sander is senior researcher for the Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO), research team Nature & Society; and a science-policy officer for the Belgian Biodiversity Platform. His work focuses on providing evidence on multiple values of nature to policy and practice, from local cases to international contexts. He was a lead author for the IPBES Europe & Central Asia assessment, and is coordinating lead author for the IPBES values assessment. Main academic work revolves around plural valuation of nature for sustainability decision making.
Nathalie Seddon is Professor of Biodiversity at the University of Oxford and Director of the Nature-based Solutions Initiative (www.naturebasedsolutionsinitiative.org), an interdisciplinary programme of research, policy advice, and education aimed at increasing understanding of the effectiveness of nature-based solutions to global challenges. After training as an evolutionary ecologist at Cambridge University, she developed broad research interests in understanding the origins and maintenance of biodiversity and its relationship with global change. She is a Senior Associate of the International Institute for Environment and Development and a Senior Fellow of the Oxford Martin School. Nathalie advises governments, UN agencies and businesses on nature-based solutions and is a Friend of CoP26, She’s among 28 global experts currently advising the UK government on CoP26.
Sandra Naumann is a Senior Fellow with Ecologic Institute. Her work focuses on the evaluation and enhancement of land use and biodiversity conservation policies and their links to climate change. She works on different research projects in the area of nature-based solutions (NBS), assessing the policy and institutional context, the linkages between NBS, biodiversity and ecosystem services as well as citizen’s perceptions of urban nature. As a member of the expert groups on ‘nature-based solutions and renaturing’ cities and the ‘Valorisation of NBS research projects’ she supported the European Commission, DG for Research and Innovation in the development of a European policy and research agenda for NBS.
Nature based solutions are solutions that seek to protect, restore and regenerate social AND ecological systems. They recognise that in order to be successful, solutions to environmental challenges need to help tackle societal issues at the same time.
We’re looking for ideas that harness the power of nature to help us fight the interlinked challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change. We realise significant investments from business and governments that fit the scale of these challenges are necessary, but we want to do our part and start a conversation. Projects could include anything from a green roof that enhances biodiversity to one that supports a larger programme around sustainable agriculture or the restoration of diverse natural ecosystems on land and in the sea. Ideas will be chosen based on the range of benefits they provide for people and planet.
We want to hear from organisations that already have a proof of concept and who are looking for funding to accelerate their scale and impact.
We have not set a defined number of grants as this is dependent on both the quantity and quality of the type of applications we receive. We are asking applicants to choose between 3 different levels of grant; 1. £10k-100k, 2. £100-£300k and 3. £300k plus. They will be allocated at our discretion. We aim to support at least 1 project in each of the 3 countries where we have a presence: the UK, Belgium and Germany.
We are currently determining who best to get involved. When we are ready to confirm, we will publish the details here on our website.
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Yes you can. Although we are European based and primarily looking to have an impact in the UK, Belgium + Germany where we are most active, we are also interested in projects that have an impact beyond Europe.