2013-14

2013 - 2014

Meet the Changemaker Challenge Winners selected from our 2013-2014 competition finalists. (You can review all finalists here). Winners were eligible to earn awards of up to $10,000.

Philyra Paper Company ($10,000)

Philyra Paper Company is intercepting and diverting a regional waste stream and converting it into an improved corrugated fiberboard substitute. Its creation and use fills the gap for more definitive sustainable products, results in reduced environmental impacts compared to traditional disposal, assists the City of Phoenix in their waste diversion goals, and supports small businesses that compose the 1.4 million residents of Phoenix.

David Anaya - M.S. Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering: School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment

Sam Johnson - M.S.E. Graduate Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering: School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment

Dr. Thomas P. Seager, Mentor - Associate Professor, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering: School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment

GAIA International ($7,500)

GAIA International is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization, founded in 2013, by students at Arizona State University. Our focus is on creating long lasting partnerships with communities in developing countries to help rural farmers implement sustainable agricultural methods. At GAIA International we understand that the success in agriculture relies deeply on the fertility of the soil. Therefore, our methods are directed at helping farmers to improve their soil fertility in order to increase their crop yields.

Kathleen Stefanik, Team Leader - Industrial & Organizational Psychology, College of Technology & Innovation, Barrett Honors College

Erin Schmal - Industrial & Organizational Psychology, College of Technology & Innovation

Tyson Stevenson - Mechanical Engineering, College of Technology & Innovation, Barrett Honors College

Dr. Mark Henderson, Mentor - Associate Dean, Barrett Honors College, Professor, Engineering Dept., College of Technology & Innovation

Force Impact Technologies ($7,500)

Our mouthguard visually displays the force of an impact. Through the use of LEDs, a Gyroscope, an Accelerometer, a complex algorithm, and a microcontoller, our product displays a color, correlated to the probability the player suffered a concussion based on an impact. Our goal is to minimize inherent risk associated with players remaining on the field after suffering an undetected concussion. We hope to minimize the long term health risks associated with repetitive blows to a concussed brain.

Anthony Gonzales - W.P. Carey School of Business, MBA 14’

Bob Merriman - W.P Carey School of Business, MBA 14’

Steven Feig, Mentor - MD USC & UCLA Staff Pediatrics

Devils Connect ($2,500)

Website: http://devilsconnect.com/

Yash Lalwani - Fulton School of Engineering

Devesh Tuteja - W.P. Carey School of Business

Arin Houck - Fulton School of Engineering

Deming Liu - Barrett, the Honors College, School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering

Matt McCarthy, Mentor - Senior Lecturer at WPC Information Systems

HEROES For Students ($2,500)

HEROES for Students seeks to expose students to community role models with diverse experiences, knowledge, and skills who will engage students in their academic content by highlighting the real world application of their learning and empower students to set and reach short and long-term goals. We match a teacher’s standards, content, and profile with a community guest speaker whose personal and professional experiences can highlight the real world application of students’ class content. Website: www.heroesforstudents.org

Chris Reina - W.P. Carey

Richie Ressel - W.P Carey School of Business, MBA 14’

Nikki Gusz, Mentor - Special Assistant to the Dean, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

VeriFarm ($2,500)

Food safety begins with ensuring an abundant and nutritious food supply. Currently, 90% of all farming in the United States is done on small and medium sized farms. VeriFarm is a web and mobile platform that provides small farms with increased market and distribution opportunities by empowering them to more easily meet food safety regulations.

Alex Abreu

Jeremiah Ladd

Dr. Christopher Wharton, Mentor - ASU School of Nutrition and Health Innovation

CreativeGiving ($1,500)

The single, most critical hurdle that all charitable organizations face is to stay sustainable while achieving their end goal. CreativeGiving aims to change the charity financial model – contributing financial support without requiring financial means. Because of the incredible number of followers these charities’ have amassed on Facebook and twitter the ability to raise money by means other than direct donation has come to light. By allowing supporters of a cause to go about normal activities then taking them and converting those activities into contributions for the charity of their choice. Website: http://www.creativegiving.com/

Eric Andersen

Robert Mckay

Jaren Nicholas

Dr. Michael Goul, Mentor - Department Chair Information Systems (WP Carey)

GreenLight Solutions ($1,500)

GreenLight Solutions (GLS) is the first undergraduate sustainability consulting group in the world. GLS was created as a solution to address multiple challenges. Students at Arizona State University (ASU) need a way to apply the sustainability knowledge they were acquiring at ASU, and organizations need a cost-effective way to start embracing sustainability. GLS enables sustainability‐minded students to utilize their knowledge through experiential learning, to help organizations in need of innovative, cost‐effective strategies to embrace sustainability.

Aaron Young - School of Sustainability, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Kevin Keleher - School of Sustainability, W.P. Carey School of Business, Barrett the Honors College

Nathan Gassmann - School of Sustainability, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Saritha Ramakrishna - School of Sustainability, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Barrett the Honors College

Sean Martin - School of Sustainability, W.P Carey School of Business, Barrett the Honors College

Michael Schoon, Mentor - Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability, Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability

PHX Pack Co. ($1,500)

PHX Pack Co. is a Phoenix, AZ-based backpack manufacturer on a mission to empower opportunity youth in Phoenix through expanded employment, professional development, and educational services. Our company offers paid internships to young people who are out of school and out of work. Interns engage in rigorous GED prep services, professional development, and community engagement experiences, all supported by the sale of our socially conscious, high quality backpack, made right here in Phoenix. Website: phxpackco.com

Meghan Buhler - Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, MEd Elementary Education

Ahmad Naboulsi - School of Public Affairs, Masters in Public Administration

Nicole Schminski - Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, MEd Secondary Education

Nikki Gusz, Mentor - Special Assistant to the Dean, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

The Three Sisters ($1,500)

The Three Sisters is an ecologically-minded program for women’s re-entry centered on sustainable gardening, healthy lifestyle, and holistic treatment and support to help women successfully transition into their communities following incarceration.

Keeonna Harris - School of Social Transformation

Sofia Pacheco-Fores - School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Tyna Yost - School of Life Sciences

Sakena Young-Scaggs - School of Social Transformation

Darren Chapman, Mentor - CEO of Tigermountain Foundation

TriChange ($1,500)

TriChange is a nonprofit website where people are able to create and track small, daily personal goals while also pledging a very small amount of money (~10 cents) to give to a global charity of their choice upon completion of their goal. TriChange empowers others to simultaneously change both themselves and the global community at large – all with their spare pocket change.

Ryan Mead - Barrett, the Honors College, W. P. Carey School of Business, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Trevor Skelton - Barrett, the Honors College and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dr. Gregory Dawson, Mentor - W. P. Carey School of Business