The Arizona Community Foundation, Republic Media and ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy are pleased to announce the next challenge being offered under The New Arizona Prize. The Water Innovation Challenge will award a $250,000 prize to a collaborative team in an Arizona community that develops the most innovative and scalable market-based, technological or entrepreneurial solution to advance the sustainability of its water future. In addition, the winning team may also receive up to $50,000 in technical assistance from the WaterNow Alliance to support and accelerate the development and implementation of their winning solution. “Community” may be defined as a town or city, county, tribal area, or an entire region.

Solutions must be scalable to address the defined community’s needs and, if successful, should also be replicable in other Arizona communities. Community collaborations are required, and new, pilot and shovel-ready projects will be accepted.

Teams should be comprised of community/citizen leaders, local government or elected officials, colleges/universities, a business association (i.e., local chamber of commerce) or a leading company based in the community, the local water provider, local nonprofit leaders, and if rural, an agricultural or ranching cooperative/association or a leading agricultural business or ranch.

INNOVATE TO SHAPE ARIZONA’S WATER FUTURE

The Arizona Community Foundation, Republic Media and ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy are pleased to announce the next challenge being offered under The New Arizona Prize. The Water Innovation Challenge will award a $250,000 prize to a collaborative team in an Arizona community that develops the most innovative and scalable market-based, technological or entrepreneurial solution to advance the sustainability of its water future. In addition, the winning team may also receive up to $50,000 in technical assistance from the WaterNow Alliance to support and accelerate the development and implementation of their winning solution. “Community” may be defined as a town or city, county, tribal area, or an entire region.

Solutions must be scalable to address the defined community’s needs and, if successful, should also be replicable in other Arizona communities. Community collaborations are required, and new, pilot and shovel-ready projects will be accepted.

Teams should be comprised of community/citizen leaders, local government or elected officials, colleges/universities, a business association (i.e., local chamber of commerce) or a leading company based in the community, the local water provider, local nonprofit leaders, and if rural, an agricultural or ranching cooperative/association or a leading agricultural business or ranch.

Teams should have the authority, organizational and community support to execute their proposed solution.

It is critical that teams be comprised of members who have the professional authority and organizational/community support to execute the proposed solution at the community level. Because government participation, agreement and/or formal approval may be necessary in order to implement the solution, teams are required to have at least one government partner to ensure that the proposed solution represents the broader community and has the necessary backing for successful implementation and/or expansion.

The innovations possible are wide-ranging, and a few examples include water collection and reuse, wastewater management, water banking and trading, water efficiency improvements, water apps and smart technology centered on conservation or reuse and innovative pricing algorithms. Refer to the Rules for additional details.

About The New Arizona Prize

The New Arizona Prize, a philanthropic prize competition aimed at attracting new and innovative thinking to solve some of Arizona’s most pressing problems, was launched in 2014. The first challenge offered under The New Arizona Prize banner was the Water Consciousness Challenge and the $100,000 prize purse went to Beyond the Mirage, a team of videographers and marketers from the University of Arizona and Arizona Public Media. Their winning idea is a three-part, consciousness-raising digital strategy that includes an interactive web experience designed to educate and engage Arizonans about our water future, a full-length documentary film airing this spring on public television, and a classroom educational component. Learn more about their winning program at www.beyondthemirage.org.