POWER Award Ceremony at the Final Conference
One of the highlights of the POWER conference was the Award ceremony on October 10th. There, the winners from the POWER Idea Contest for Sustainable Communities and the POWER Best Practice Award for Sustainable Water Innovation presented their ideas and projects to the audience. The contest and the award are both part of POWER’s vision to engage different groups of people with sustainability and water-related topics, thus establishing an international network of water-wise communities.
The POWER idea contest urged people to submit ideas for solutions to local sustainability challenges. Throughout the course of the contest more than 140 innovative ideas were submitted out of which 10 were selected by the POWER community and a jury of sustainability and innovation experts as winners from the contest. They winners were invited at the POWER conference to present their ideas and network with water and sustainability experts who are willing to help them develop further their ideas towards successful implementation. The authors of the 10 winning ideas are from all corners of Europe – the UK, Germany, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Spain – proving that the POWER project connects not only locally, but EU-wide. A full list of the ideas could be found here.
The POWER Best Practice Award for sustainable water innovation was given to the most innovative and impactful projects submitted to the POWER best practice repository – a global network of water management projects and water-wise communities. Of all 64 eligibale for the award entries, the POWER jury selected three projects that showed outstanding results in their work in the fields of extreme water resilience and water reuse, namely:
- BRIGAID (Antwerpen, Berlin, Tirana, Valladolid):
- INSPIREWATER (Tarragona) :
- RainAhead (Lübeck):
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Representatives of the three awarded projects were invited to the POWER conference to present their work to the international audience of water and innovation experts, thus establishing further connections between water innovators in the EU.