Established in 2000, this award recognizes an individual or groups of individuals who through their ingenuity and dedication make significant innovations in reducing the environmental impact caused by the transportation industry. These innovative achievements may occur in motorized vehicles for land, sea, air, and space in the areas of fuels, alternative propulsion methods, fuel usage, materials, energy usage, manufacturing methods, logistics support, as well as in education, training and improving public awareness. The key criteria for recognition are innovation, originality, demonstrated significant favorable impact on the environment and improvement over any existing technologies, methods and public acceptance. The award consists of a crystal globe and is presented at the Awards Ceremony during the SAE World Congress.
Award CriteriaTo be eligible for an award under this program, the nomination must meet individual category criteria and demonstrate:
- Innovative Achievement
This may be supported by patents, peer reviewed research papers and other accepted indications of original work.
- Favorable Environmental Impact
The nomination must show the state before the innovation and compare that to the state after the innovation was applied. Favorable impacts may be demonstrated by life cycle analysis, risk analysis or other performance based measures. Awards in the categories of education, training and public awareness must show how the environment was physically impacted by the accomplishments and the number of people that were affected.
- Feasibly Implemented
The application must be applied to an operation of sufficient size to show widespread applicability. This may include (but not be limited to) a production plant, a vehicle fleet (more than 100 vehicles) or other units of similar impact. Economic feasibility must be demonstrated by a cost/benefit analysis or another accepted cost comparison technique. In the category of education, training and public awareness, nominations must show how the accomplishment may be transferred and used with other groups of people.
- No Transfer of Environmental Burdens
The achievement is not made by transferring environmental burdens elsewhere. This may be supported by life cycle studies, energy mass balance studies and risk analysis or other approved methods. Human health issues must be considered in all awards relating to products, processes and materials. Energy improvements must be shown using a life cycle approach.
Award Categories and DefinitionsEducation, Training and Public Awareness
Nominations in this category must show originality in educating and training people which results in significant environmental improvements to the use and application of transportation. Awards will be made for the creation and delivery of educational materials which cause the recipients to reduce material and energy consumption in the transportation industry, innovative training of service technicians which results in an environmental improvement or for innovative efforts in modifying public behavior which results in measurable and reduced environmental impacts. New Methods and Tools
Nominations in this category must be able to demonstrate that the method and/or tool is innovative and part of a process that has led to an increase in environmental savings, as well as a reduction in overall environmental impact. Demonstration of the requirements can include publications, applications, and widespread adoption by the transportation industry. Results from a life cycle analysis should be included whenever possible. Mobile Energy and Emissions
Nominations in this category must demonstrate innovations in fuel source, fuel savings, CO2 reduction and energy use reduction in transportation. Similarly, it must demonstrate innovations that reduce mobile source emissions through design improvements, source reduction or control efficiency. Demonstrated innovations include publications, applications and widespread use of the innovation that confirms energy use efficiency improvements or emissions reduction on a life cycle basis. Stationary Energy and Emissions and Process Innovations
Nominations in this category must demonstrate the implementation of a cost-effective, innovative alternative product or process through design improvements, source reduction or control that reduces the amount of energy and/or the amount of emissions to air, water or land from a stationary source resulting in reduced environmental impact. The approach must have the capability to be applied to other facilities or products and result in the same or better performance at those facilities or in those products. Demonstrated innovations include publications, applications and widespread use of the innovation that confirms energy use efficiency improvements or emissions reduction on a life cycle basis. Recycling, Reuse, Remanufacturing
Nominations in this category must show innovative reuse or remanufacturing of a part or innovative recycling of a material in a production application in the transportation industry. Examples can include: the innovative reuse of end of life transportation parts that reduces landfill burden and energy usage, innovative remanufacturing of a part that has not been remanufactured before, recycling of materials into new applications or recycling materials on a scale that has not been achieved before. Service, Maintenance and Logistics
Nominations in this category must demonstrate environmental achievement in the areas of servicing, providing maintenance and the supporting field services of the transportation industry products including aircraft, ground vehicles and marine vehicles. Such achievement might include developing and implementing new service procedures which reduce the production of waste fluids, development of new repair techniques that require fewer and lower volume replacement parts, the development of techniques which make use of worn but serviceable parts and the design and execution of a new parts distribution system which significantly reduces the energy and materials consumed in transportation. Materials Development and Usage
Nominations in this category must demonstrate an achievement in material innovation, material improvement and energy reduction. Any improvements must indicate balance in the impact the new material has on the environment, community, worker and energy use. Noise Management Innovations
Nominations in this category must make significant achievements in reducing noise or improving noise management from land vehicles, aircraft or watercraft. This is intended to be a broad category that will include noise impacts on vehicle occupants, employees, neighbors or communities. The category will include submissions from the air, land and sea areas. Achievements need to be measurable improvements in technology procedures, measurement methodology, public awareness or in understanding the science and engineering of transportation noise. Nominations need to include a qualitative assessment of how this measurable result has positively impacted people or the environment and how the information is publicly shared.