The 2014 winners have been announced.

Please check back soon for more information on the 2015 Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge

The Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge is awarded to projects that best demonstrate how they can provide sustainable access to safe water where it is presently at risk and/or access to improved sanitation. Projects must have clear practical applicability, address identified need, and advance related issues such as health, education, or human rights.

There is a $50,000 prize for the first place entry and a $25,000 prize for the second place entry. In 2014, for the second year, a $15,000 WASH Alliance prize was given for the third place project. The WASH Alliance is a consortium of six Dutch NGOs promoting hygienic use of sustainable water and sanitation. The winners will receive relevant training and professional development up to $2,500 each, and free access for one year to ScienceDirect, Elsevier’s database of full text, scientific information, including almost 230,000 articles since 2000 in Environmental Sciences. The winning projects will be highlighted in the Reed Elsevier journal Water Research

Reed Elsevier is a global provider of world-class information and tools that help our customers advance science, improve medical outcomes, enable better legal decisions, evaluate risk, forge business relationships and gain business insight. All five business units of our company have a growing portfolio of products and services that advance environmental knowledge and understanding. We are committed to using our extensive networks and expertise to facilitate the exchange and dissemination of useful information about improving access to sustainable water supply. 

2014 Winners - Left to right: Yoshika Crider, Stanford, WASH Alliance prize; Karsten Gjefle, SuSan Design, first prize; Christopher Schulz, Ecofiltro, second prize

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2013 Challenge winner

2013 first prize winner: WaterSHED, sustainable, market-based approaches to effective water and sanitation provision in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

2012 Challenge winner

2012 first prize winner: The Tagore-SenGupta Foundation tackles contaminated groundwater in Cambodia